Looking for a unique holiday destination? Then be sure to check out Oman. Oman is a small country in the Middle East that has not yet been discovered by mass tourism and that makes this country an extra beautiful destination. With its untouched nature, beautiful oases and canyons, this is one of the coolest destinations for me to make a car tour. Also to Oman? You should not miss these sights.
How Do You Make a Tour of Oman?
Oman is perfect for a road trip, it is even a must, because public transport in Oman is very limited. The infrastructure in Oman is very good in most popular places, but once you are in the mountains you will soon notice that you will encounter many off-road routes and that makes it extra fun, but also exciting to take a road trip through this to make country.
The best way to make this tour is with a 4×4 car. There are a number of roads in Oman that you are not allowed to drive with a normal car and that is a shame, because these are often the most beautiful routes. We rented our car through Easy Terra where we were fully insured. Of course you can also rent your car through SunnyCars, where you are also fully insured for everything.
Oman Sights You Want to See Anyway
Also traveling to Oman? You should definitely not miss these sights.
Your journey begins in Muscat, the capital of Oman. Muscat is a sprawling city along the coast of the Gulf of Oman. There are not many sights in the city, so a day or two should be enough.
In the city you will find the largest mosque in the country; the Sultan Qaboos Mosque. This is also the only mosque that is open to the public and therefore worth a visit.
In the evening it is nice to visit the souqs in Muttrah, this is the local market that sells various products. From gold and silver jewelry to cashmere scarves.
Wadi Bani Awfu
Continue your journey to snake canyon in Wadi Bani Awf. Wadi Bani Awf is one of the most awesome off-road routes to drive in Oman. From the town of Tikhal, the road changes to a gravel road and you slowly climb up the mountain, where the views become more and more beautiful and the abysses get deeper.
Stay overnight at the Bait Bimah Guesthouse and the next day do a canyoning tour in the beautiful Snake Canyon. We have booked the canyoning tour through Bait Bimah after which you will be picked up and dropped off at your stay. The short course (about three hours) costs about 70 euros and the long course (about 6 hours) costs about 90 euros. During the long run you will also abseil, so that makes it more than worth it.
Misfat Al Abriyeen
After visiting Snake Canyon, you can continue your journey to Misfat Al Abriyeen. This is a 500 year old clay village where you can spend a wonderful night in one of the original, cute clay houses. The village is now a number of tourist tents richer, but it still feels authentic. Follow the white/yellow/red flags for a beautiful walking route. These flags can be found everywhere in Oman and always indicate a walking route.
Also a fun fact, the city is named after the original inhabitants of the village, the Al Abri family. Make sure to dress modestly, covering your knees and shoulders.
Jebel Shams & Balcony Walk
Continue into the Jebel Shams Mountains and spend the night on Oman’s highest mountain. We stayed overnight at the Canyon Rest House. It is a beautiful place and only 10 minutes drive from the start of the famous Balcony Walk. This hike is a must-do when you are in Oman!
The hike takes about 4 hours there and back and you walk almost the entire way on a narrow path along the ravine. Really insanely beautiful. It is recommended to do this hike at sunrise, because you really have the most beautiful light and there is also a good chance that you are the only one together with the many goats.
After a good morning workout, you can continue your journey to the village of Nizwa. We didn’t think Nizwa itself was much of a proposition, because you don’t have much to do in the village besides the souqs and the Nizwa Fort. You can still visit Bahla Fort and Jibreen Castle in the area. And if you happen to be there on a Friday, visit the goat market at 7am. We missed this one ourselves, but it seems to be an experience.
Saiq Plateau & Wahiba Sands
From Nizwa we visited the Saiq plateau. This winding, but good road takes you to the top of the mountain where there are several villages where a lot of cultivation is done. The climate here is slightly different, making this ‘plateau’ very suitable for growing crops. By the way, you can only continue your way if you own a 4×4 car and you will also be checked at a police checkpoint.
After a short visit, we drove to the well-known Wahiba desert in about three hours. So very cool! Deflate your tires at the gas station before driving into the desert to avoid getting stuck in the sand.
To the Desert in Oman
It is highly recommended to spend a night in the desert , because with a clear sky you can see a lot of stars. In addition, you can also dune bashing, with this you go with an experienced driver and he races up and down the sand dunes, after which you finish with a beautiful sunset.
We stayed overnight in Sama Al Wasil desert camp, highly recommended! It is super nice and quiet and they even have an outdoor cinema in the middle of the desert. Super awesome. You can also borrow sandboards for free with which you can slide down the high dunes, very nice to try once.
Wadi bani Khalid, Wadi Tiwi & Wadi Shab
To end your trip through Oman along the sights, you can visit some of the beautiful wadis that Oman has. Take an afternoon out to visit Wadi Bani Khalid . This is a wadi where quite a lot of local Omani’s come, especially on weekends.
Take a full day to visit both Wadi Tiwi and Wadi Shab on your way back to Muscat. Wadi Tiwi is beautiful to drive through and once you arrive at one of the villages, a villager can take you to the various wadis in the area.
A little further you will find Wadi Shab. With a small boat you will be brought to the other side for 1OR from where you can start your hike. You are here between amazingly beautiful gorges where you will find an oasis of palm trees and green/blue water. Once you reach the last pool, you’ll need to leave your belongings behind and then swim a bit to visit the hidden cave. This impressive area is definitely worth a visit.
If you have time left on the way back to the capital, make a short stop at Bimmah Sinkhole as well. This is actually a big hole with clear blue/green water. You can also take a refreshing dip in the water here.
When Is the Best Time to Travel to Oman?
The best time to travel to Oman is between October and March when it is not yet at its hottest and the daytime temperatures are still bearable. During the summer months, temperatures can easily rise to about 50 degrees.