Wahiba Stable in Oman offers memorable desert and seaside rides, some with overnight stays in tented camps, an experience that you can take with you for the rest of your life! This facility has been offering their services since 2007 and they are the only in the area that provide rides as challenging and exciting as these. You will be led by experienced guides and trainers, all experts about the area! You will partner up with Arabians horses, perfectly adapted to their environment. Arabians, known for their endurance and stamina are the perfect mount to take on these exhilarating adventures.
The Wahiba Sands region in the Sultanate of Oman is a beautiful, vast expanse of dunes. As far as the eye can see, you will be met with amazing views of the desert. The highest point of the dunes is in the east, near the Indian Ocean, with altitudes of up to 100m (330ft). The sultanate of Oman is a country of enormous diversity and natural beauty, which has for some time remained hidden, and unknown to the rest of the world. Only recently has it emerged from isolation to reveal a friendly people, spectacular landscapes and a multitude of ancient forts and monuments. The Omanis were among the first among the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula to embrace Islam, doing so during the lifetime of the Prophet in the 7th century A.D. The centuries that followed were a golden age for them, with Omani sailors and traders ranging from India to Africa. The country still has strong cultural influences from India, particularly in its cuisine, as well as from Africa, as evidenced by the ‘kumma’ embroidered hats of Zanzibar. In the very heart of the desert however, the Bedu still live a traditional way of life.
During this incredible trek across 220 kilometers of desert and sand all the way to the Indian Ocean, you will be challenged and rewarded for your hard work. Wahiba Stable and Emmanuelle Lançon have partnered up to offer this amazing adventure across the desert! With their well trained mounts, you will be able to persevere through deep sands and harsh weather. This ride will have your adrenaline pumping!
This four day ride will cover the northern part of the Wahiba desert. This ride is extremely unique as you will be able to meet the Bedus that live there. You will be invited into their nomadic camps made of palm leaves and perhaps even be able to see the camel caravans that travel the desert! This ride is done mainly in the early morning and evening to avoid the scorching heat. During the day you will be able to rest! You will be able to swim in freshwater and watch breathtaking sunsets everyday. This is one to remember!
Day 1- 27 December 2020 - Sunday - Arrival in Muscat
You will arrive at the Muscat International Airport. Upon your arrival your PCR test will be done. Immigration & customs are quick & simple. Upon arrival at the General arrival lounge, you will be met by a friendly chauffeur who will drive you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Muscat.
Day 2- 28 December 2020 - Monday – Wadi Bani Khalid – Badiya Desert
After breakfast, there will be about a 3 and a half hour drive to wadi Beni Khalid located at 3 hours 30 minutes from Muscat. It is the best-known wadi of the Sharqiyah region. Its stream maintains a constant flow of water throughout the year. Large pools of water and boulders are scattered along the course of the wadi. As a geographical area, Wadi Beni Khalid covers a large swath of low land and mountains. Late afternoon transfer to Bidiya desert camp, where you will be greeted by our horse team and briefing for next few days!! Camping night comfort.
Day 3/4/5/6/7 - 29 December 2020 to 02 January 2021 – Tuesday to Sunday – Badiya Desert
The cook will provide delicious Omani Dinners along the trail, Majbos Also named Kabsa, this dish is rice mixed with saffron cooked with spicy red or white meat. Majboos translates to be engaged in Oman and is almost always served at special occasions like weddings and engagements! Mashuai, another delicious dish you will find in Oman is the mouthwatering Mashuai! It is a dish consisting of roasted king fish and savoury lemon rice!!Another popular street food in Oman is Mishkak, which is grilled pieces of marinated meat, normally chicken, mutton or beef on long wooden sticks. Served hot with tamarind chutney, you can choose whether you want to eat it off the stick or with fresh Arab bread. Halwa is a sticky, sweet gelatinous snack, made from brown sugar, honey, eggs and various spices. It has a lot of flavors, such as rose water, nuts, chocolate, etc. Some halwas are also made from the Omani dates. It takes quite a while to make as it is slowly boiled over a wood fire. Halwas can last over four months without losing any of its quality! It is often accompanied with Kahwa as another sign of hospitality. Without forgetting Omani Kahwa which is a very strong bitter coffee that is often served in tiny cups either with dates or halwa. Kahwa is made from freshly roasted ground coffee and flavored with some cardamom. You will be able to spend some lovely evenings under the stars. Fire camps and bedouins stories will make this ride unforgettable! Friday, after a long morning ride you will sadly have to say goodbye to the beautiful desert. Transfer to Muscat and free afternoon on Oman sea side.
Day 8 – 03January 2021- Monday - Departure After an amazing day tour, it’s time for departure. Our guide will drop you at Muscat International Airport for departure.
The Wahiba desert is a beautiful stretch of sand dunes and sky that you will never forget. The Oman- Wahiba Stable is the only one of its kind and the unique experiences they offer through staying in a Beduin camp, or riding through the desert at night to camp is one that you will never forget.
Muscat International Airport