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A Trip Into the Desert in the Wahiba Sands Region of Oman

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As the desert accounts for roughly 82% of the land mass of Oman, you would be, quite literally, missing a large part of the country by skipping a trip out into it.

Our trek into the desert was only a one night stay at a camp located about 30 kilometers inside the Wahiba Sands region of the country, and turned out to be the highlight of our stay in Oman.

The following photo essay is a selection of our best photos from the 400+ we took during our overnight stay in this stunning destination.

Getting There

The desert appears out of nowhere, and within moments overtakes everything.

Cars and roads are replaced by camels and sand.

And apparently marathon runners, too.

Camp Life

Premium housing in the desert for those not wanting to “rough it” in a permanent tent?  Crazy!

Our humble home for the night in the Omani desert.

No roof, no problem!

Don’t Miss the Dune Bashing

Going on top of the dunes for an hour or so of dune bashing is an experience we’ll never forget.

It feels a lot like a roller coaster, except for the fact that you’re in a truck.

When you see the trail from the last truck and realize that is where you’re going, you know it is going to be good.

Many times you slide down a dune at an angle because, well, that is how it works in the desert!

Sunset

The highlight of dune bashing is ending the experience ontop of a high dune and watching the sun set.

Nothing between you and the sun but miles upon miles of open desert.

…and then the heat finally fades away.

So whether you rent a vehicle with 4-wheel drive (recommended), or go at it on your own, do not miss a trip out to the Wahiba Sands when you are in Oman.   The desert is indeed a vast and empty place, but those who skip venturing into it will be missing out on one truly amazing experience.

We can’t wait to go back.



Source: http://www.livingthedreamrtw.com/2013/11/a-trip-into-desert-in-wahiba-sands.html


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