- A cultural experience with a local team of Bedouins, camping in the desert
- Fit Arabian horses built for desert rides
Day 1 1 : EUROPE - MUSCATOvernight flight to Oman.
Flights are not included but can be booked upon request.
Day 2 2 : MUSCATArrival at Seeb international airport and transfer to your hotel. The cost of the transfer is not included - see dates and prices. We will organise this transfer for you.
You are free to visit the city this afternoon. Muscat is one of the oldest cities in the Middle East, its origins being traced back to the 6th millenium B.C. In the afternoon you are free to explore the city. Mutrah Souk is one of the most popular souk in the Middle East: take a walk through this fascinating labyrinth and its goods, from imported fabrics to exotic Oriental spices, perfumes and richly handcrafted Artifacts. A visit to this frenetic, pulsating hub of Muscat's old quarter makes for a delightful experience. The Al Alam Palace, the official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, is also worth a visit. The palace is an architectural marvel for both its design and its location between the twin Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali.
Dinner to your own account and overnight at a 3*** hotel.
Day 3 3 : MUSCAT - WADI BEN KHALID - WAHIBA - No ridingAfter breakfast, it's a 3-4 hours drive to the Wadi Ben Khalid, the best-known wadi in the Sharqiyah region. 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 swathe of low land and mountains.
Late afternoon transfer to Bidiya desert camp where you will meet your horses and the riding team.
Overnight at camp
Day 4 4 : WAHIBA SANDS - 4 hours ridingThe next five riding days will see you ride through the amazing Wahiba sand desert. Wahiba is famous for its immensity of red sand dunes, camels and bedouins.
Today, after breakfast, you will tack up the horses and get ready for your first ride through the desert. The local team is made of Bedouins who own and breed their own horses. At the end of the day you will set up your mobile camp for the night, and enjoy the sun set over the golden and red sands of the Erg Wahiba before enjoying a traditional meal.
Overnight at camp
Day 5 5 : WAHIBA SANDS - 4 hours ridingRiding in the Wahiba Sands. This is a real challenge for all but the perfect place to spend time with the Bedouins who have inhabited this desert for centuries. The Omanis Bedouins are very proud and hospitality is an important part of their way of life. You will be invited into nomadic camps, made of palm leaves, and perhaps meet some of the camel caravans that still cross this desert – the Omanis are famous for breeding the best camels of the Middle East. To avoid the heat of the day you will copy the Bedouins and ride in the early morning and late afternoon/evening (or even at night), with long mid-day siestas. You ride south eastward for the most part, along tracks of compact sand which allow good progress, the Arab horses showing you what great stamina they have. Every evening the team of Wahiba Bedouins will set up the mobile camp and prepare the food.
Overnight at camp.
Day 6 6 : WAHIBA SANDS - 4 hours ridingRiding in the Wahiba Sands. This is a real challenge for all but the perfect place to spend time with the Bedouins who have inhabited this desert for centuries. The Omanis Bedouins are very proud and hospitality is an important part of their way of life. You will be invited into nomadic camps, made of palm leaves, and perhaps meet some of the camel caravans that still cross this desert – the Omanis are famous for breeding the best camels of the Middle East. To avoid the heat of the day you will copy the Bedouins and ride in the early morning and late afternoon/evening (or even at night), with long mid-day siestas. You ride south eastward for the most part, along tracks of compact sand which allow good progress, the Arab horses showing you what great stamina they have. Every evening the team of Wahiba Bedouins will set up the mobile camp and prepare the food.
Overnight at camp.
Day 7 7 : WAHIBA SANDS - 6 hours ridingRiding in the Wahiba Sands. This is a real challenge for all but the perfect place to spend time with the Bedouins who have inhabited this desert for centuries. The Omanis Bedouins are very proud and hospitality is an important part of their way of life. You will be invited into nomadic camps, made of palm leaves, and perhaps meet some of the camel caravans that still cross this desert – the Omanis are famous for breeding the best camels of the Middle East. To avoid the heat of the day you will copy the Bedouins and ride in the early morning and late afternoon/evening (or even at night), with long mid-day siestas. You ride south eastward for the most part, along tracks of compact sand which allow good progress, the Arab horses showing you what great stamina they have. Every evening the team of Wahiba Bedouins will set up the mobile camp and prepare the food.
Overnight at camp.
Day 8 8 : WAHIBA - MISFAH - 1-2 hours ridingAfter one last morning ride, afternoon transfer to the village of Misfah. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 9 9 : MISFAH - NIZWA - MUSCAT - No ridingEarly morning transfer to Nizwa and visit of the city. The oasis city is located on the southern edge of the Hajar Mountains, the highest mountain range of Oman. The extensive gardens and palm groves of the oasis city are dominated by the old fort with the largest tower of Oman (40 m diameter, 20 m height). Over 500 years old Falaj channels carry water in the oasis. Nizwa is an old trading centre with a large souk, where you can admire traditional silver jewellery and handicrafts. Transfer to Muscat (2 hours) for the night.
Day 10 10: BEACH RIDE - 1-2 hours ridingAfter the desert we will go for a magical sea ride on
our Omani beach. Dinner will be had at the stables before you return to your Sawadi hotel for the night.
Day 11 11: DEPARTUREDeparture and flight back home.
Dates & prices
- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a double or twin room/tent.
- Groups are composed of a minimum of 4 riders and a maximum of 8 international riders plus guides
- The ride will also confirm for groups of 2-3 riders with a supplement of $390/€350/£310 per rider, waived once the group reaches 4.
- Transfers from/to Muscat airport are not included and payable locally, although we will organise the transfers for you. We usually organise collection times to match the last guest's flight times, so you may have to wait for the other guests. Taxi fare is around £35/$45
- Single riders signing up for the ride will be invoiced a single room supplement of $390/€350/£310. This will be refunded if you are happy to share and if we find a sharer for you.
- Optional activities (snorkelling...) can be organised and are payable locally, depending on availability.
- Riders over 85 kg/13.4 st/185 lbs: please contact us.
- Visa fees are not included and are your responsibility.
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.
1 team of grooms
1 support vehicle
Price doesn't include
Meals on the first day in Mascate (D2 in the itinerary)
Return airport transfers, payable locally (see dates and prices)
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
Rider weight limit: 85 kg, 13st4, or 180 lbs, Heavier riders please contact us.
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
Visiting a new country offers the opportunity to meet other cultures with different mentalities, therefore it is important to accept these differences and respect the local way of life.
Helmets are mandatory. We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.
Your belongings are packed in support vehicles during the trail ride.
Your second night is in a luxurious fixed camp in the desert, with proper beds and bathrooms.
During the trail there are 4 nights camping in double or twin tents at a permanent camp. Foam mattresses and bedding is provided, a sleeping bag is not necessary but you may want to bring a liner.
Dinners are at local restaurants in the cities. When camping, the local team will prepare traditional meals and mineral water is included.
Alcohol is not allowed on this trail.
In the northern and eastern parts, you can expect a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and warm winters. In the South and West, the climate is tropical and the monsoon usually strikes between June and September. The centre of the country is dominated by an arid climate with hot days and nights.
The best time of the year to visit Oman is between October and March, with cooler temperatures (between 20°C and 30°C).
Guide and local team
- Helmets are mandatory and you must bring your own.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana to protect your face and neck from the sun, sand, and dust.
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and dust
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Casual clothes for the evening
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening
- Bathing suit
Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots or hiking shoes with half chaps as long chaps/long boots can get very hot.
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for moving around the camp
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding
- Thermals are a good option for sleeping in, or a t-shirt and shorts for warmer nights
- A woolly hat when camping (desert nights can be cold)
- Sleeping bag liner
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided and you should pack it into two bags if it weighs more than 15kg so it's easier for the team to transport between camps
- Take a second, smaller bag to pack things you may need during the day such as a book or suncream then you can easily access it during the long lunch break
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
Other useful items
- Towel. Camping towels will pack lighter and dry more easily
- Sarong (for going to/from the shower tent)
- Water bottle (1.5 litre or two x 1 litre)
- Hand sanitiser
- Wet wipes
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night
- Toilet paper and small plastic bags for taking rubbish away
In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.
- Small penknife
In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat
- Sunscreen and lip balm - must be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Rehydration sachets (dioralyte or similar)
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Ear plugs, particularly if you are a light sleeper
- Micropur or similar water purification tablets
- Mosquito spray
Visa & Health
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Oman.
Up-to-date travel information: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/oman/entry-requirements (British riders)
Addresses of consulates
- Ambassade du Sultanat d'Oman
50, avenue d'Iéna
Tél. : 01.47.23.01.63
Fax : 01.47.23.02.25
- Ambassade en Oman
PO Box 208
PC 115 Madinat Qabous MASCATE
Tél. : (00) 968 - 24 68 18
Fax : (00) 968 - 24 68 18
- Consulat général du Sultanat d'Oman
Chemin de Roilbot 3a
Tél. : 022/758 96 60
Fax : 022/758 96 66
- Ambassade d'Oman
AV. HERRMANN-DEBROUX 40/42
Tél. : 02.679.70.10
Fax : 02/534.79.92
Healthcare facilities in Oman are similar to those in the UK. British nationals are required to use the private healthcare system. Visitors who don’t have travel insurance or the means to settle any charges may be prevented from leaving the country until the debt is paid. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 9999 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
The heat can be extreme and deaths have occurred due to dehydration and heat exhaustion.
Budget and money
The official currency is the Omani rial (OR but widely spelt RO). One rial is divided into 1000 baisa (also spelt baiza and shortened to bz). There are coins of 5, 10, 25 and 50 baisa, and notes of 100 and 200 baisa. There are notes of a half, one, five (which looks unfortunately similar to a one rial note), 10, 20 and 50 rials.
Telephone and jetlag
Did you know?
Did you know?
This trail ride in Oman offers riders the opportunity to ride with Bedouins. Historically, the Bedouins are a grouping of nomadic peoples living across the desert regions in North Africa and the Middle East. The English word comes from the Arabic "badawï", which means "desert dweller". Raising livestock and herding goats and camels are the traditional livelihood of Bedouins, who use the animals for meat, dairy products, and wool. Camels are also the main method of transportation and are regarded as a "gift from God". Today, modernisation causes the Bedouin lifestyle to be changing and if some families have left behind the desert life, some still retain the traditional Bedouin culture through traditional clan structure, music, oral poetry and dances.
You can also ride with Bedouins in Jordan - make sure to check our rides in the Wadi Rum.