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If you can tear yourself away from the immaculate five star hotels on the Muscat coast, the country splits neatly into three categories - mountains, deserts and coastline - a combination of which makes for a memorable safari in a comfortable 4x4 with a knowledgeable driver/guide. We can even arrange a self-drive safari if that's of interest.

The magnificent Western Hajar range runs along the coastline of northern Oman in total contrast to the flat and featureless scrubland of the UAE to the west. Where there are mountains there are wadis, and Oman has some of the most dramatic of these gorges in the world, and massive canyons too - a haven for adrenalin junkies looking to climb, abseil or tackle some of the best via ferrata in the world. The drive through Wadi Bani Awf, the main route through the Hajars to the city of Nizwa is particularly impressive.If you arrive in Nizwa on a Thursday so you can get up early on Friday and wander around the famous animal market which starts at dawn.

Visit the famous fort at Nakhl, perched spectacularly on a rocky prominence, before heading deep into the mountains, passing the towering cliffs that mark the beginning of Snake Canyon and the photogenic village of Bilad Seit before heading and up and over Jebel Shams.

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Nizwa, the Mountains & the Wahiba Sands
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All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.