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Desert Safari

Excursion Details

Once you are in Dhofar, it is an absolute must, that you visit Ar Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter), Dhofars most remarkable and popular site with its untouched and magical sand dunes.

Highlights

  • Lost City of Ubar
  • Wadi Dawka & Frankincense trees
  • Sand Dunes of the Rub Al Khali desert

Start the tour in the morning hours by 4×4 vehicle and drive towards the ‘Qara’ mountain range with its spectacular view of the Salalah plains dotted with thick shrub & woodland.
After having a small break in Thumrait town, which was famous as a Bedouin settlement, proceed west on graded road crossing the huge gravel desert of ‘ Al Nejd’.

Visit the ‘Lost City of Ubar’ (UNESCO World heritage site), 175km away from Salalah. This legendary ancient kingdom, known as Ubar, was said to have existed in one of the most inhospitable places on earth – a vast and forbidding Rub Al Khali desert, appropriately known as the Empty Quarter. According to myth, the desert swallowed up Ubar. Quite literally, it sank without trace -becoming the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands.” This once buried city, which was spotted by satellite, gives you a glimpse of the value of work carried out by a team of explorers in 1992, led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

After walking around the site proceed to the Empty Quarter to experience the “biggest sand desert in the World” by rambling on fascinating sand dunes. A breathtaking overview of the vast desert awaits you on the top of the dunes.

On the way back to Salalah, drive into Wadi ‘Dawka’ (UNESCO World heritage site) known as the ‘Frankincense Wadi’, which is also well-known as the biggest collection of the naturally grown Frankincense trees in the region. Experience the Frankincense and its use in the past as well as in the modern World.

Return to Salalah

Season: This tour operates from January to April & September to December

Trip Specifications: Tours start daily at 8:00 am and finish around 5:00 pm • Maximum group size of 20 • Minimum group size of 4 • Minimum age 6 years old.

Pickup: Pick up at your hotel in Salalah or Taqa. If you are staying beyond these areas please get in touch to set up the meeting point or to organize an extra transfer.

Drop-off: We will drop you off at where we picked you up. If you need extra transfers please contact us for more details.

Included: Lunch • All Taxes • Fully Air-Conditioned Vehicle • English Speaking Guide • Three Bottles of Water

Not Included: Gratuities • Extra transfers

What to Bring: Sunscreen • Steady shoes • hat
This tour involves walking over rough and inclined ground • No Entry Fees required at the places of visits • Maximum number of Passengers in a vehicle should be 4, due to the safety regulations • Guests should wear comfortable cloths and avoid jewelry or expensive watch and cell phones as there is no signal at the camp/ desert • This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 6 may not participate
What to Wear: Please ensure you dress respectfully during the ride.