Wahiba sands : Oman golden desert (Sharqiya sands)

Visiting one of Oman majestic deserts is an absolute must-do. Wahiba sands desert, the most visited in Oman, offers a great variety of accommodations and activities for the adventurers out-there.

Don’t miss it!


Oman is almost covered by deserts and this is the main reason why I chose this destination in the first place. I love deserts!

During my first visit I had the opportunity to go wild camping and to drive across the desert. It is one of the best memories I have of this trip and I highly recommend it if you have the time to do it.

There are a lot of activities you can do in the Wahiba desert : camel ridding, meeting with the local Bedu/Bedouin, sand dune bashing (fun!), quad driving, traditional Majlis (barbecue)… Surely everyone will have a good time. 🙂

I would advise that you spend at least a night in the desert. If you are the adventurous kind, you can (and should) go wild camping. The other option is to stay at one of the many desert camps available.

NB : I will provide a list of desert camps/activities with pricing and review in an other post.


  • You need a 4×4 (Toyota Landcruiser type).
  • Do not. I repeat. Do not attempt to drive in the desert on your own. Even if you are experienced, you should always be a convoy of at least two cars in case one get stuck.
  • Take cellphone and plenty of water/food.
  • If you are unsure about driving in the desert (or only have one car), you can either take a local guide or contact the desert camp where you are staying. They will usually offer to meet you on the main road and drive with you to the camp.
  • For the newbies out-there who are attempting to drive in the dunes : lower the tire pressure (many garage on the road can do it for you). Carry shovel, traction mats, chains in case one of the car get stuck. Don’t forget your cellphone.

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(Credit for the beautiful pictures : Claudine Severens, friend and travel companion. Thank you :))
To get there

By car : The most common place to enter Wahiba sands desert is from Bidiyah village.

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