Oman Road Trip – 10nights 11days
Oman Road Trip – 10nights 11days
Day 1 – 2: Explore Muscat
Muscat is Oman’s capital city and home to many expats. It hosts the impressive Sultan Qaboos Mosque, Muttrah Souq, and the Royal Opera House.
Sultan Qaboos Mosque
The Sultan Qaboos Mosque is Oman’s most important spiritual site. This architectural masterpiece opened in 2001. It’s required for both men and women to wear long sleeve tops and long pants to the ankle. For women, bring a scarf to cover your hair. The mosque’s entrance is free. It is open to non-muslims every day from 8 AM to 11 AM except Friday. Friday is prayers day.
Oman citizens are a big mix of Omani, Indian and African people. You can notice this at Muttrah souq where many shops are selling Omani and Indian items. But also everyday items you use in your kitchen.
Lunch at Kargeen
The restaurant Kargeen is a small great hideout in the middle of the city. Escape from the heat of the sun and have a great lunch at this well-decorated place.
Go on a dolphin spotting trip
Spend the morning on a boat spotting dolphins just out of Muscat. It is almost guaranteed that you will see dolphins.
Day 3 – 4: Muscat to Sur
After those first two days, drive down the perfect route towards the coastline. This is an easy 90-minute drive, all highway.
After a good 90 minutes of driving, you will reach Bimmah Sinkhole. This is probably one of the most incredible natural swimming pools you will ever see. The water is a beautiful turquoise color and one of the best cooldowns during the heat of the day. The story lives that a meteor created the hole.
Wadi Shab meaning gorge between the cliff is a must-visit! From Bimmah Sinkhole, drive about 20 minutes to reach the parking spot.
Make sure to buy some extra water and head to the river. Pay 1 OMR to cross the river, from there it’s a 45 min walk to the swimming point. You will need about 3 – 4 hours here. More information in the link down below.
Sur is a formerly known as a trading point where the harbor did a lot of business with East-Africa. Because of this, you will see a larger population of formerly African people in this area.
Sur is a beautiful town surrounds by old architecture, visit the lighthouse, fort and see some of the real local life. Sur is also a good place to spend the night.
Turtles nesting ground
At Ras Al Jinz, which is about 35 minutes from Sur, there is a protected Turtle nesting area. You can visit the museum and join the turtle spotting tour during sunrise or after sunset.
If you don’t want to drive back and forward to Sur, you can also spend the night here.
Day 5 – 6: Desert days
From Sur, follow your way to the desert and stop in between at Wadi Bani Khalid. Take a refreshing dip and drive to your desert camp in the Wahiba Sands. Most of the camps can be reached by driving a 4×4 yourself but do ask your host, they might arrange a pick-up. If your planning to drive yourself, deflate your tires a bit at one of the local shops.
Plan to stay two nights in the desert, explore the area by car or camel, go stargazing and experience living between the dunes
Day 7 – 8: Nizwa
On day 7 you will drive the longest distance. Follow your journey to Birkat Al Mouz, one of the old villages surrounded by green banana plantations. Use around 1 hour to explore the ruins here. The drive from the desert takes about 2 hours.
From Birkat Al Mouz, drive to the historical town called Nizwa. See one of Oman’s oldest forts, Nizwa Fort and wander around at Nizwa Souq. Read more about the fort in the link down below.
The next morning, hop back in your car and drive to the Al Hamra region. Set course to Misfat Al Abriyeen, where you can spend the night at a homestay in a beautiful area. Make sure to be early, to fully experience the magical sunset.
Day 9 – 10: Cool down in the Mountains
One your last days, drive up to Jabal Akhdar and spend the night at 2000 meter above sea level. To drive up here you are required to have a 4×4 car. Same as Al Hamra, make sure to be there early to fully experience the sunset.
On the next morning, enjoy your breakfast and drive back to Muscat to catch your flight.