“Where should I go next?” is a very important question that we always ask ourselves when we think of our next travel destination, and pinpointing this destination is often more difficult than we anticipate.
We always look for a destination that has not been completely overrun by tourists and fellow travellers, making an authentic experience difficult. Yet a country undiscovered, and off the travel radar, that can offer many beautiful and amazing and unique things. A difficult combination you say? Let me tell you a little secret….this is fascinating Oman.
The first thing you notice when you arrive in this country is the heat. The overwhelming heat, which can even make it difficult to breathe. Needless to say, it’s important to know ‘when’ to go to Oman. Going in May – September would be unwise as the heat will make for an unhappy travel experience. The second thing you notice just how dry it is. Sand, sand, more sand, and then jagged rocks, jutting out from underneath the sand, dotting the landscape as far as the eye can see.
One must for your trip to Oman is to fly in to Muscat, the country’s capital, or take a bus from Dubai to reach Muscat. Muscat is definitely the gateway to the rest of Oman, the point where you can hop on that 12-hour bus to Salalah. The locals rave about how green it is, but the reality is that for most Omanis who grew up with rocks and sand around them, very few actually see much greenery. Except for some bushes and shrubs, date palm trees are what dominate Oman. Continuing to the city of Nizwa which is the city where you can easily reach the two most famous mountains called Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar. These twin mountains are really a must when in Oman and offer spectacular views.
The other must do’s in Oman are undoubtedly the wadis. These amazing canyons leave you with jaw dropping views and crystal clear water perfect for a dip to cool off from the sweltering heat. Dozens of wadis are worth a visit but the two most spectacular and popular ones may be Wadi Shab and Wadi Bani Khalid.
Lastly, a trip to Oman would not be complete without a desert crossing in the Wahiba Sands. Driving aficionados can really let loose and test the limits of their driving abilities by manoeuvring their 4×4 SUV’s through the winding and slippery sand dunes before boasting at the end of the day who conquered the highest peak and who went through the entire crossing without getting stuck in the sand. And what better experience than enjoying an Omani barbecue in the middle of the desert before nodding off under the perfectly shining stars.
A perfect 1 week getaway, unbelievably friendly people, delicious food and spectacular scenery. Be blown away, return home in awe! This is Oman!
Going to Oman? Bamba Experience offers stopover trips in Muscat to give you the opportunity to explore the city’s most important landmarks and sights: