Day 1 Muscat – Nizwa Fort & Market- Wahiba Sands (Camping)
In the morning we’ll leave Muscat for Nizwa (the old capital of Oman), we’ll visit the famous Nizwa Souq (market). A wide variety of vendors offering their goods in the streets of the souk from, here you can find, vegetables, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts, Omani sweets (Halwa), Dates spice, and souvenirs which are sold in authentic old market halls that few places can boast, especially interesting is the Friday cattle market when the locals from the nearby Villages come to sell their, goats, cattle, sheep, and chickens in a circus-style open marketplace.
Next to the Souq Nizwa fort Fortress, the fort is a museum today and offers splendid views of this ancient town and the surrounding mountains, you can walk around in this impressive fortress and visit its many rooms, passages, and towers. The fort is an architectural testimony to the economic and military achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century. It was a military stronghold designed to withstand even the strongest of attacks at the time. Even along the corridors, many traps were laid to deter any intruders that might have penetrated the defenses.
From Nizwa we continue our journey to the Desert (Wahiba Sands) this spectacular Desert has an area of 12,500 Square K.M they called also Al Sharqiya Sands, formerly known as “Wahiba Sands” its a region of Desert in Oman the region was named for the Bani Wahiba tribe, divided between the northern and southern governorates in the Eastern Region. The area is defined by a boundary of 180 K.M (110 mi) north to south and 80 K.M (50 mi) east to west, watch the stunning sunset over the dunes and have your dinner cooked by our guide under the stars.
Overnight in Wahiba Sands (camping)
Day 2 Wahiba Sands- Wadi Bani Khalid- Sur – Ras Al Hadd
In the morning we leave the Desert to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the biggest and most beautiful Wadis in Oman. With a little walk of approximately 10 to 15 minutes, you will reach the sparkling water pools 9 meters in-depth, here you can swim, sunbathe, relax in the beautiful scenic Wadi canyons.
Then we will continue our journey to the City of Sur, the famous Arabian Dhow Factory, where you can see traditional wooden Dhows being built, we will visit the old part from Sur there you can see most of the houses designed with wooden doors and windows.
The tour continues to Ras Al Hadd, set up your camp, in the evening after dinner we take you to the Turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz. here we will go on a guided beautiful walking tour on the beach at night under the stars, where we have a high chance of seeing Oman’s great sea turtles stumbling onto the beach to build a nest and lay the eggs. If you are lucky, you can even see baby turtles hatching from some nests.
Overnight in Ras Al Hadd (camping)
Day 3 Ras Al Hadd-Wadi Shab -Sinkhole-Muscat
Today we will take you to Wadi Shab. This Wadi is an enormous canyon gorge that is lined with palm trees and impressive indications of what the power of the water coming down from the mountains can do in nature. With a 45 minute hike up through the canyon Wadi (walking shoes are required), we arrive at one of the crystal clear water pools. Tourists can swim through the warm waters from pool to pool, eventually, we come to the last pool where an opening among the enormous rocks allows us to swim into an incredible crevice cave with a small waterfall. Inside, the sunlight filters in from the outside, turning the water into a beautiful turquoise blue whilst water showers down one side of the cave from the Wadi beyond.
From Wadi Shab we drive towards Bimmah Sinkhole, a water-filled depression, structurally a sinkhole, in the limestone of eastern Muscat Governorate in Oman, a lake of turquoise waters, it is 50 m by 70 m wide and approximately 20 m deep. It is only about 600 m away from the sea, between the coastal towns of Dibab and Bimmah Village.
The sinkhole was formed by a collapse of the surface layer due to the dissolution of the underlying limestone, to preserve the sinkhole, the local municipality developed a park there (swimming in the sinkhole lake is possible)
From the sinkhole, we drive back to Muscat.
STARTING TIME: 08:00 AM
TOUR TYPE: PRIVATE
ALL EQUIPMENT’S FOR CAMPING ALONG WITH FOOD AND BEVERAGES INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE