Oman is a country of outstanding natural beauty and home to a diverse variety of terrains, from lonely wind-blow deserts and pristine coastlines to historically rich cities and bustling markets. For a luxury family holiday, Wahiba Sands, a desert region in eastern Oman, delivers on all fronts. Thrilling 4x4 adventures that will entertain the little ones for hours, once-in-a-lifetime desert camping experiences and a surprisingly varied array of flora and fauna to spot in an extraordinarily epic game of ‘I spy’.
Just four hours' drive from the country's capital Muscat,
a trip to
Wahiba Sands feels more like an expedition to Mars. A land of
vast emptiness and other-worldly terrains, you're almost guaranteed
a few moments of peace and quiet from your youngsters as they take
in colossal 300ft sand dunes and immense salt flats. Explore this
remarkable region on an exciting 4x4 tour and, for parents who like
adventure as much as their children do, put your driving skills to
the ultimate test on the daunting dunes for a self-drive
Stay in a desert camp and experience a memorable night that
begins with a golden sunset, continues with a densely-starred sky
and concludes with the soft light of a desert dawn. Admire the
ever-changing colours of the sand from pale rose-gold to rusty
terracotta-red and keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife that
calls this empty wilderness its home.
Once the children have had their fill of dreamy deserts, drive
them to Muscat along a coastal route passing sandy bays where
turtles nest year-round, and small villages and towns are scattered
along the shoreline. Make sure to have your Sharky & George packs close to hand for the
all-too-soon moans of "are we there yet?" and keep your little
adventurers entertained for hours with a range of fun games and
challenges. In Muscat, spend your time perusing the museums,
wandering through flower-filled parks and exploring the old forts.
To cool off, head to nearby lagoons to dive with turtles and swim
from sandy beaches - a guaranteed win with your kiddos.
From Muscat, head into the mighty
Al Hajar Mountains and enjoy 4x4 driving excursions complete
with cinematic views. On Fridays, make sure to visit the ancient
Nizwa for its weekly livestock market where you parents can
indulge in rich fabrics while the children pick out fun souvenirs
to remind them of their momentous holiday in this fascinating
corner of the world.