Coastal Caravan (7n/8d)

Arabian Oryx Sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of the White Oryx

Arabian Oryx Sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of the White Oryx

Day 01:Muscat – Sur
Drive along the magnificent coastline to Sur, pass the coastal town of Quryat, famous for its beautiful beaches. Stop at the “Sinkhole”, where a part of the mountain has collapsed and filled with seawater. Picnic lunch is served at the White Beach with time for a swim in the Indian Ocean. Proceed to Tiwi and the picturesque Wadi Shaab – wander into the wadi and its lush green vegetation. Before proceeding to Sur, a last stop is made at the archaeological site Bibi Myriam by Qalhat. Overnight / Breakfast in Sur

Day 02: Sur – Turtle Beach
Depart for a tour of the port town of Sur and its dhow yards where the traditional wooden ships are built. Enjoy a boat ride along the spectacular coastline. Continue off-road to Ras Al Junayz, the famous “turtle beach” where we spend the night. Guided walk to watch the turtles at night. This area is protected and is known for an unusual high nesting activity all year round. Overnight at Al Naseem Camp

Day 03:Wahibah Crossing
Pass through coastal towns and fishing villages, Al Ashkhara and Jaalal Bani Bu Ali. View the beautiful mosque with its many domes and enjoy a delicious lunch, before embarking on a sensational drive crossing the Wahibah Sands and its splendid high sand-dunes. Meet Bedouin families living at the edges of the desert far from the civilization. Reach Ras Al Ruways where the high dunes meet the Arabian Sea. Camp dinner and overnight in Ras Al Ruways.

Day 04:Oryx Project
Driving on a good track along the coast we turn inland to reach Jaalouni, the location of the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of the White Oryx. This project is developed and sponsored by the Omani Government and is registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Bedouin camp dinner and overnight at Jaalouni.

Day 05:Coastal Wilderness
Look for the oryx in the wild and explore the hidden wildlife of Jiddat al Harasis. Admire these beautiful and graceful animals in their natural environment. Reach the coastal village of Ras Al Madrakah and wonder at shipwrecks in this remote area. Camp dinner and overnight by Ras Al Madrakah

Day 06:Wadi Shuwaymiah
The coastal track continues to amaze you whilst driving through the many villages on the way towards Al Shuwaymiah. In the spectacular Wadi Shuwaymiah with its weathered limestone molted into strange shapes and patterns, we make a refreshing stop and camp overnight.

Day 07:Marmul – Thumrait – Salalah
Be prepared for an overwhelming contrast when you pass through the Marmul Oilfields with its “nodding donkeys” and flaring gas. In Thumrait we return to ‘civilization’ and continue to Salalah, the capital of Dhofar.

Day 08: Departure
Flight to Muscat or extension in Salalah

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