Safari Desert Camp

Wahiba Sands, Oman

At a Glance

  • A fantastic option for families as here you get a real taste of Bedouin life

  • Accommodation is in traditionally decorated Bedouin-style huts

  • The bathrooms might not be of some people's preference - they are open-air and functional rather than pretty

  • Camel rides can be arranged on site

  • Food is served on low tables sitting on cushions in the communal dining area

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Best time to Visit

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Average time to visit

The best time to visit Oman is between November and mid-March, when the cooler air brings the mountain scenery sharply into focus and daytime temperatures average at 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is oppressively hot and hazy, particularly between May and August.

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Insider's View

Try sand-boarding down the dunes after watching the sunset - there is some skill involved in order to pick up speed!

On your way to the camp drop in for some coffee and dates with a Bedouin family

Enjoy a refreshing shower under the star lit sky

Don't shy away from the camel kebab if it is on the menu for dinner - it's delicious!

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Safari Desert Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Wahiba Sands

Description

Safari Desert Camp is a permanent Bedouin-style camp located 25km into the remote Wahiba Sands Desert. We recommend staying here one night for a charming and very authentic Bedouin experience.

Safari Desert Camp offers authentic Bedouin style wooden huts. All rooms are decorated with Bedouin carpets, proper beds and are attached to an open-air private bathroom. There is a small LED light in the tent, but no air-conditioning.

At sunset, your guide will drive you to the top of the dunes or alternatively the camp can arrange a camel ride to the summit. The sunset is truly spectacular and completely uninterrupted by artificial light - definitely one of the highlights of this wonderful country.

After dark, guests retire to the traditional communal 'Majlis' tent to drink tea, Arabic coffee and eat tasty dates. Dinner is an Omani buffet eaten in the main restaurant before retiring outside for some of the best stargazing we've ever experienced.

Safari Desert Camp do also offer their own 'Wild Camp'. This is a private camp set up a few kilometers away from the main campsite. This consists of safari-style canvas tents, including a bathroom tent with a chemical camping loo. Staff are on hand to look after guests and food is brought over from the main camp for delicious dining under the stars.

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Accommodation

Safari Desert Camp offers fixed huts in Arabian style with comfortable beds, a dressing table, a Bedouin chest and colorful carpets. They are attached to a simple open-air bathroom with a toilet and shower. Huts with double beds can access the bathroom from the interior of the hut, whereas the twin huts have separate entrances for the bedroom and bathroom.

Facilities

The main restaurant offers buffet-style dinners, including a selection of salads, Omani barbecue with vegetables and rice or Omani bread, fresh fruits, dates and also the traditional Omani dessert, halwa.

Activities

Your driver will be able to take you to the top of the dunes for sunset, or alternatively, for a true Bedouin experience, you can do this journey by camel!

Reviews

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Daniel Smith (Staff)

Probably one of the most authentic Bedouin camps in Oman, this is the place to stay if you are looking for a night under the stars, in traditional style accommodation. The tented-style rooms are basic but comfortable, and the camp itself if very low impact, sitting quietly in a dune valley around forty minutes drive into the desert. Sunset is impressive from the dunes nearby and when the sun goes down there is a real feel of genuine desert isolation. Skies are crystal clear and the stars can be clearly seen across the whole horizon. There is a small traditional dining area, where dinner is served in the evening.

Whilst the camp wont necessarily appeal to every one, its certainly an accessible, authentic, memorable experience that gives a real sense of Bedouin life in the Omani Desert.

Experiences

  • Al Hayer Falls

    Get off the beaten track to explore the Al Hayer area of the popular Wadi Bani Khalid. This stretch of the canyon is away from the more frequently visited pools, offering hours of fun-filled adventure.

  • Day trip to Nizwa {with the Friday Market}

    Nizwa was the capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th Centuries and is one of the oldest cities in Oman. There is a lot to see here and in the surrounding area including a bustling Friday market, the restored Nizwa Fort and date farms.

  • Lunch with a Bedouin Family

    Whilst life in the desert may seem like a harsh environment, many people still choose this as their home. Visit the house of a Bedouin family, where you can enjoy a traditional lunch and learn more about their day to day life and culture.

  • Nizwa Friday Market

    Visit the local Friday market in Nizwa.

  • Swim in a Wadi

    Stop off at a wadi and enjoy the beautiful surroundings where you can enjoy a gentle walk, or even a swim in the water.

Vacation Ideas

  • Simply Oman

    Muscat, Wahiba Sands & Hajar Mountains

    from $2800 pp 7 nights

    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach

Location & directions

Wahiba Sands, Oman

The camp is located 20km into the Wahiba Sands desert, surrounded by sand dunes in the east of Oman.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Safari Desert Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Wahiba Sands

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