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Why visit the Bedouin?
Experience the desert and stay overnight at a Bedouin camp whilst admiring the diversity of the Omani landscape. People sometimes forget that Oman is a desert state. In fact, more than 80% of the country’s territory is covered with sand.
For anyone who wants to explore the desert, Wahiba Sands would be an excellent choice. Desert camps are run by Bedouins and arrange for an authentic experience and opportunity to indulge in the unique harsh environment. 200 kilometres south-east of Muscat, right past the little village of Al Wasil, the streets end. Cars and roads make way for camels and dirt tracks.
In the blink of an eye you find yourself completely surrounded by sand and even though you have just left ‘civilisation‘, it seems like a lifetime ago. The journey into the desert is an adventure in itself as 4WD vehicles lose traction while attempting to steer through the sands. With temperatures hitting 40°C you will climb 60 meter high dunes, often at speed to avoid getting stuck in the sand.
Drivers will stop so their passengers can get out and take a walk amongst the enormous dunes. Be sure to cover your feet as the sand can be unbearably hot. When climbing a dune you will find taking three steps forward actually means taking two steps back, so much effort and determination is needed to reach the top.
After reaching the Bedouin camp settle in for a traditional dinner inside the community tent and gather around the bonfire and observe the sky, set ablaze by millions of glistening stars. The next morning take a camel ride. Explore the local environment sitting on the backs of these desert ships strolling through the morning heat.
Return to camp, freshen up and set-off to enjoy more adrenaline inducing dune bashing.