As the desert accounts for roughly 82% of the land mass of Oman, you would be, quite literally, missing a large part of the country by skipping a trip out into it.
Our trek into the desert was only a one night stay at a camp located about 30 kilometers inside the Wahiba Sands region of the country, and turned out to be the highlight of our stay in Oman.
The following photo essay is a selection of our best photos from the 400+ we took during our overnight stay in this stunning destination.
|The desert appears out of nowhere, and within moments overtakes everything.|
|Cars and roads are replaced by camels and sand.|
|And apparently marathon runners, too.|
|Premium housing in the desert for those not wanting to “rough it” in a permanent tent? Crazy!|
|Our humble home for the night in the Omani desert.|
|No roof, no problem!|
Don’t Miss the Dune Bashing
|Going on top of the dunes for an hour or so of dune bashing is an experience we’ll never forget.|
|It feels a lot like a roller coaster, except for the fact that you’re in a truck.|
|When you see the trail from the last truck and realize that is where you’re going, you know it is going to be good.|
|Many times you slide down a dune at an angle because, well, that is how it works in the desert!|
|The highlight of dune bashing is ending the experience ontop of a high dune and watching the sun set.|
|Nothing between you and the sun but miles upon miles of open desert.|
|…and then the heat finally fades away.|
So whether you rent a car in Oman with 4-wheel drive (recommended), or go at it on your own, do not miss a trip out to the Wahiba Sands when you are here. The desert is indeed a vast and empty place, but those who skip venturing into it will be missing out on one truly amazing experience.
We can’t wait to go back.