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OMAN – A ten day street journey Oman itinerary from Salalah to Muscat in a 4×4

Oman - Nakhal - Fort
Oman – Nakhal – Fort

Oman is a perfect nation that’s appropriate for a street journey. I did this street journey throughout a December vacation with my spouse and youngsters. We deliberate numerous actions from tradition, nature and a few leisure. On this Oman itinerary I take you daily and step-by-step by Oman together with GPS tracks. We drove from Salalah to Muscat however in fact you may drive it additionally the opposite manner. I all the time counsel to by no means backtrack the identical route however to drive both a circle or drop the automobile simply on the finish level. Rather more environment friendly! Now take pleasure in this Oman street journey itinerary with me.

A couple of basic suggestions when driving the Oman itinerary

For those who drive in Oman you must maintain a couple of issues in thoughts to not get misplaced or get into hassle. The worst factor that may occur is you find yourself with out fuel in the course of nowhere; or two flat tires. Simply maintain these easy guidelines in thoughts.

  • At all times replenish the tank if it’s half empty, to keep away from working out of fuel. Particularly in space’s the place there aren’t any cities.
  • Ensure you have a spare tire and the instruments to alter it. If it’s essential to change it do go to the closest place to get the opposite fastened. The very last thing you need is 2 flat tires.
  • Take sufficient water to outlive a day or two in case you exit on the desert roads.
  • Have an excellent GPS machine or smartphone with a automobile charger. Ensure your maps are offline as there may be not all the time web service.
  • For those who go off street, just be sure you know what you’re doing.
  • At all times have your passport at hand in case you run right into a safety checkpoint.

Oman is completely secure to drive, so take pleasure in your journey!

Oman Itinerary – Day 1 – Arrival

We truly didn’t begin our journey in Oman, we had a couple of days earlier than in Kuwait to see this nation. Examine our days in Kuwait. It’ll rely from the place you’re however a day further earlier than the precise street journey could possibly be wanted to regulate for the timezone.

We had a Kuwait Airways flight from Kuwait to Muscat. There we needed to wait about 2 hours for our connecting flight on Oman Airways to Salalah. As this was a enterprise class flight (learn my suggestions & methods to e book low-cost enterprise class flights) we might benefit from the top quality lounge at Muscat Airport which has nice service and meals! We arrived late night on the Salalah Airport the place we picked up our 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser at Europcar which we might later drop off at Muscat Airport. We arrived at our lodge on Christmas Eve, the Crown Plaza Salalah. We missed the celebrations, however that’s a part of touring quite a bit. The following day our precise Oman street journey would begin.

Oman Itinerary – Day 2 – Salalah & environment

Our first day of our 10 days in Oman. The fifth day of our full journey. We began the day by driving east from Salalah in the direction of the Taqah Fort in Taqah (coordinates: N 17.04113 ; E 54.39600). We continued to archeological website of Khor Rori which is a part of the Frankincense Path UNESCO World Heritage Web site (coordinates N17.04176 ; E54.43580). Subsequent on our record was Mirbat Fort and a drive by Mirbat (coordinates N 16.99358 ; E 54.69314). We made a fast cease on the Mausoleum of Bin Ali.

At this level we turned again to Salalah and after 15 kilometers we drove in the direction of Tawi Atayr to see the Baobab timber and an antigravity level. That is actually superior! From right here we drove handed Salalah to the Marneef Cave and Blowholes on the Mughsayl Seaside. Subsequent on our record had been unspoiled seashores in the direction of the Yemen border, simply observe the street and go off street (at coordinates N16.85160 ; E53.71511) after all of the hairpins. We completed swimming within the afternoon and we drove again to Salalah and made a fast cease on the archeological website of al-Balid earlier than persevering with to our lodge.

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OMAN – A day in Salalah; the beginning of our street journey itinerary

Oman - Salalah - Mughsayl Beach & Unspoiled Beaches
Oman – Salalah – Mughsayl Seaside & Unspoiled Seashores

Oman Itinerary – Day 3 – Salalah to Duqm

Day 3 was the longest drive on this itinerary from early morning until late night. Begin early, round 8 AM not later. First cease is at Job’s Tomb (an-Nabi Ayyub) (coordinates: N 17.11054 ; E 53.99492). Subsequent up is prophet Hoods Grave (N17.21361 ; E 54.09549). In case you run late like us skip this one! Whereas going up the mountain to the desert you will notice indicators to the UNESCO Frankincense Path: Frankincense Park of Wadi Dawkah. Cease right here for some time to see the timber which produce Frankincense since historic time.

The final cease for at present might be in the course of the desert: UNESCO Frankincense Path: Archaeological website of Shisr. It’s positioned at N 18.254958; E 53.648690. Take 70 KM after Thumrait a left flip over the desert street, the previous street. From Shisr it’s good to drive in the direction of N 18.675047; E 54.081860 in a straight line over the desert street as properly. You will discover camel skulls, some lonely vegetation and desert so far as the attention can see. The final half to Duqm, nonetheless some hours, is over properly paved tarmac.

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OMAN – Exploring the Frankincense Path on our manner from Salalah to Duqm

Oman - Frankencense Park of Wadi Dawkah
Oman – Frankencense Park of Wadi Dawkah

Oman Itinerary – Day 4 – Duqm

At the moment is a day we’ll spend round Duqm and extra particular a 5 kilometer abandoned stretch of white seaside. The seaside is named Ras Markaz seaside. Drive in the direction of Hayma and after round 17.5KM drive to Jazar (indicators say Ras Madrakah 64KM). After 49KM go left (at coordinates N 19.221277; E 57.630410) to Ras Markaz seaside; it’s about 14 KM off street from there to the seaside. In case roads change (there are lots of new roads constructed) use the GPS coordinates to get to that time after which drive to the seaside.

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OMAN – A stretch of white seaside close to Duqm you can’t think about!

Oman - Ras Markaz Beach close to Duqm
Oman – Ras Markaz Seaside near Duqm

Oman Itinerary – Day 5 – Ras al Jinz Sea Turtle Reserve

At the moment we drove from Duqm to the Ras al Jinz turtle reserve (on the highest east level of Oman) to see the magnificent sea turtles. It takes round 4 hours over the newly paved street alongside the coast. A fairly straight ahead drive and we arrived within the afternoon on the turtle refuge middle. Late night and early morning subsequent day the place the excursions to the seashores to see the turtles. It is a lifetime expertise.

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OMAN – The Ras al Jinz Sea Turtle Reserve; a singular expertise

Oman - Jas al Rinz Turtle Reserve
Oman – Jas al Rinz Turtle Reserve

Oman Itinerary – Day 6 – Ras al Jinz (near Sur) to Muscat

Midway throughout our Oman street journey we had a protracted day of driving and stopping at numerous locations. The primary cease was on the Ras al Had fort (positioned at N 22.525837; E 59.791153). It’s a small fort after which we made a cease on the lake (proper aspect of the street in the direction of Sur) close by. From there Google maps took us to Sur, first the lighthouse (N 22.568931; E 59.540464), onwards to the fortress Billad Sur (N22.554094; E59.489303) and the Sinaysilah Fort (N22.579927; E59.503765). The following cease was the traditional metropolis of Qalhat (N 22.694526; E59.372538) and a bit additional down the street the Bimmah Sinkhole within the Hawiyat Najm Park (N 23.033611; E 59.069868). A little bit of the primary street we visited the Wadi Dayqah with its dam (N 23.186287; E 58.965498). The final cease earlier than driving to Muscat was a small fort positioned within the city of Quriyat (N 23.265196; E 58.916002).

Learn our expertise:
OMAN – From Sur to Muscat: forts, historic cities and exquisite nature

Oman - Sur to Muscat
Oman – Sur to Muscat

Oman Itinerary – Day 7 – Nakhal & Rustaq Forts and off-road by the Hajar Mountains

Our base for the final a part of our Oman street journey was in Muscat, the capital of Oman. This present day journey could be one of many highlights of our journey as we might drive off-road by the Hajar Mountains. A harmful street! At the moment we drove first from Muscat to the Nakhal Fort (N23.394819, E57.829787). We continued to the fort of Rustaq (N23.390747, E57.425654). These two are the primary and most lovely forts in that space of Oman.

It’s vital to complete these forts round midday to have the ability to drive by the mountains throughout daylight. I don’t advocate driving at evening as at sure space’s you’ve cliffs down and up on either side reaching 800 meters. Ensure you have a 4×4 car and know learn how to function it. It’s vital that you just replenish with gasoline earlier than driving by the wadi. Take sufficient water and be sure to have at the very least one spare tire with you.

Begin at approximate coordinates (N 23.341944; E 57.493056) and drive in the direction of the mountains. Go to HATT village (after 13 KM) and after about 16 KM extra you’re at Snake Gorge. You can also make an important hike there into the gorge. Balad Sayt is a pleasant mountain village to go to; very peaceable. You’ll arrive on the different aspect in Nizwa. We drove from there again to Muscat which was one other 2 hour drive. See the GPS map for our route by the mountains.

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OMAN – Harmful roads: Off-road by the Hajar mountains

Oman - Hajar Mountain Range
Oman – Hajar Mountain Vary

Oman Itinerary – Day 8 – A day in Muscat

New 12 months’s Eve in Muscat. We determined to remain in Muscat and discover the town all day to be again on the lodge for the New 12 months’s Eve social gathering. Within the morning we began on the grand mosque known as Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque: the spotlight in Muscat. We continued to the opposite aspect of Muscat had been we might go to: the Sultans Palace (Al Alam Royal Palace), the Muscat Gate and Clock Tower, Cornice with the Souks. We had a fast take a look at the three essential forts: Al Jalili, Al Marini and Mutrah Fort. Within the afternoon we went swimming and after that it was social gathering time!

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OMAN – Should see locations in Muscat if in case you have solely a day

Oman - Muscat - Grand Mosque
Oman – Muscat – Grand Mosque

Oman Itinerary – Day 9 – Nizwa, Jibreen, Aflaj, Bahla and Bat

At the moment we headed again (the quick manner) to the area round Nizwa. It is a very lengthy day, begin at 6AM or keep in a single day in Nizwa at day 7 after which do the day in Muscat. We began on the Jibreen fort which isn’t that massive however in very good situation. After this we continued to the massive fort of Nizwa within the metropolis middle. After the fort of Nizwa we visited the UNESCO Web site of the Aflaj Water System (N22.971779, E57.548810). We continued to the Bahla Fort (together with previous city and metropolis wall which is the third largest on this planet) positioned at N22.964824, E57.300368 additionally listed as UNESCO Web site.

From right here we wished to go to the Bee Hives Tombs that are listed as UNESCO Websites. They don’t seem to be actually on monitor on the sightseeing routes, we drove in whole round 4 hours to discover two most vital websites. One row of round 12 Tombs positioned at N23.213997, E56.965333. From there we drove to Bat Bee Hive website which is a very powerful (positioned N23.267862, E56.743664). The location was fenced and never open for guests with out appointment. A small secret: on the website is an influence station the place there’s a 1 meter between the housing and the fence. We from there walked in and explored the positioning intimately. Late afternoon we drove again to Muscat in about 3-4 hours.

Learn our expertise:
OMAN – Nizwa and its forts and the beehive tombs of Batt in a day from Muscat

Oman - Bee Hive Tombs BAT
Oman – Bee Hive Tombs BAT

Oman Itinerary – Day 10 – Departure to Abu Dhabi

At the moment we took the airplane to Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airways arriving simply after lunch time. This was leg one in all our flight residence. We stayed for 2 nights in Abu Dhabi. Examine our days in Abu Dhabi right here. We had plenty of enjoyable throughout this Oman itinerary. A street journey we won’t neglect. We realized about Omans tradition, nature and meals.

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