Tailor-Made Holiday

Oman - Hud Hud Mobile Camping in Northern Oman

7 days

from £6,545pp (excluding flights)

This extraordinary journey takes you on a stylish, comfortable mobile safari, encompassing six nights and seven days in beautiful northern Oman, taking in much of Oman's impressive scenery and covering desert, coast, mountains, traditional towns, forts and souks.

  • Camp at 1,000m in complete privacy, with views towards Oman's highest peak, Jebel Shams
  • Access and experience remote and unknown mountain villages, forts and castles
  • Explore wadis and canyons for swimming and picnicking
  • Visit traditional dhow building yards
  • Experience a camel race

Staying in professionally run private luxury camps, you experience a unique blend of smooth service, comfort and laid back style in breathtaking remote locations. Most importantly, Hud Hud deliver sustainable, culturally sensitive and low impact tented journeys and unique experiences in the country's most pristine and beautiful locations. 

Sleeping tents vary according to the location but are always appointed with proper mattresses, crisp cotton linen, feather pillows and traditional furnishings. Each sleeping tent has it’s own private bathroom tent, open to the skies and furnished with soft towels, basin, shower and a selection of soaps and lotions. Each camp will offer a large, evocative majlis, decorated in a style in keeping with the ambiance of the environment, with cushions and rugs, topical books, boules and board games. Dining is at a properly laid table under the stars beside a crackling fire. Food is, as far as possible, locally sourced and is freshly prepared by our camp chef and always delicious. We use no electric light, other than solar, and the emphasis is on preserving the atmosphere through natural lighting provided by candles, oil lamps and camp fires. 

A camp in the mountains and the desert can be combined with a stay at one of Muscat's hotels at the beginning or the end of the tour.

 


For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 6545 £ 450

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Hud Hud: Muscat to Wahiba Sands


Leaving Muscat after breakfast you are met and driven through Wadi Mayh before joining the coastal road that runs between Muscat and Sur. Before long we turn away from the sea and head up the northern face of the eastern Hajar Mountains. Following a steep gravel track that, in a short time, takes us to the peak of the impressive Selmah Plateau over 2,000m above sea level. Views to the north are of the Arabian Sea and, to the south in the hazy distance, the Wahiba Desert. This track passes ancient villages that were, until a couple of years ago, only accessible on foot or by donkey. This long, west facing ridge is spectacularly lined with numerous beehive tombs built by the Umm Naa people in around 2500BC.

Here we will stop for a delicious and freshly prepared picnic lunch. By mid afternoon we leave the mountains behind us and head through Wadi Tayeen. Passing the 18th Century fort at Mudayrib and with the sun beginning to drop, we enter the desert and drive the final stretch on sandy tracks before reaching our camp, set-up within the russet red dunes.


Wahiba Sands are home to the most incredible sand dunes, some reaching a colossal 100 metres high and separated by enormous depressions. These beautiful dunes stretch as far as the eye can see and it is a spectacular sight especially in the evening and the morning, when the warm colours of the desert become much richer and the long shadows accentuate the splendour of these giant forms. The sands are made of grains of rock, blown in from nearby eroded rocks and marine sediments and they are moving inland at a pace of about 10 metres a year.


You will be staying at Hud Hud Wahiba, Full board

Day 2

Wahiba Activities
The desert provides a great place not only from which to learn more about the Bedouin who still rely on it for their camels and goats but also as a base from which to explore the surrounding area.

After a relaxed breakfast, we drive out of the desert to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the greatest, most dramatic wadis in Oman, a green oasis spectacularly set against a mountain back drop. The village still farms in a traditional manner growing dates, bananas, mangos and papaya. A

walk through this remote and little visited community provides an insight into the lives of Omanis now and in many ways as they have always been. The wadi flows out of the village and into a dramatic and steep sided canyon, which winds up from its entrance, occasioned by rock pools ideal for a quick dip. A delicious Hud Hud picnic lunch will be served in the shade of the cliffs. The route is a combination of bouldering, hiking and swimming that is great fun.

On the way back to the camp you could try your hand at a little off road driving in the sands when you sit behind the wheel of a 4x4. Under the expert tutelage of a seasoned Omani driver, you will be given little tips and tricks about how to rescue even the most deeply embedded vehicle.

Sand boarding can be organised in the late afternoon or, alternatively, you can just relax and soak up the views before enjoying a fantastic dinner

served beside a crackling log fire.


You will be staying at Hud Hud Wahiba, Full board

Day 3

Hud Hud: Wahiba Sands to Khalouf Beach


Today we will make our way towards the coast but not before stopping to have coffee and a chat with a local Bedouin family. This brief meeting provides a means of better understanding how the people work and live, in what can be perceived as an extremely harsh environment.

Jump into 4x4s for a 100km crossing of the Wahiba sands and another opportunity for you to hone your sand driving skills. We will stop for a delicious lunch and a quick dip where the dunes meet the sea at the fishing village of Qihayd. After lunch we continue south along the coastal road to Khalouf and your camp, set on a sand spit between a lagoon, where we often see flamingo, and the Indian Ocean.


The wide sands of Khalouf are a perfect place to enjoy the warm seas of Oman's Indian Ocean. Around five hours drive south of Muscat, it is a remote part of the country that visitors rarely reach and is a great destination for many guests, from honeymooners, to bird watchers, or families with adventurous children. There are sand dunes, fishermen and their huts and a vibrant bird population which includes flamingos and eagles.


You will be staying at Hud Hud Camp, Full board

Day 4

Day at leisure on the beach
Spend a leisurely day on the beach with fishing, beach driving, snorkelling or perhaps visiting the local towns to buy fresh fish which the chef can prepare for dinner. Alternatively, take a trip to Barr al Hickman, a large salt pan that is home to a vast community of sea birds as well as a host of migratory birds.


You will be staying at Hud Hud Camp, Full board

Day 5

Hud Hud: Transfer from Khalouf Beach to Nizwa


After an early breakfast leave the ocean behind and make your way back towards the mountains, via the small town of Sinaw. This is where the Bedouins come to do business and the souq, particularly on a Thursday, can be a thriving and fascinating affair with all the hustle and bustle of a Middle Eastern market at its finest. Sinaw souq is amongst one of the oldest preserved souqs in Oman and one of the few places you can find traditional silver Bedouin jewellery.

From here, continue the journey towards Nizwa, broken by a lunch stop in a restored fort close to the old village of Manah or perhaps within the date plantations of Birkat al Mauz.

Nizwa is Oman’s former capital and is rich in culture and heritage. Once a crossroads of caravan routes linking the Interior with Muscat and Dhofar, the souk here can be a thriving and fascinating affair. Its imposing fort is a powerful reminder of Nizwa’s importance in Oman’s history.

From here we will gradually make our way up to the camp above the town of Tanuf, nestled in the mountains 1,000m above sea level, in time for sundowners.


Nizwa is the main town in the interior province. It was the capital in the 6th and 7th centuries. The town's immense palm oasis stretches for 13km (8 miles) along the course of two wadis. It is famous for its fort and its gold and silver handicrafts. Nizwa Fort was raised over a period of 12 years by Imam Sultan bin Saif in the late 17th century.


You will be staying at Hud Hud Mountain Camp, Full board

Day 6

Mountain Excursions
This morning explore the mountains further and head to Wadi Ghul, where you can walk through the old ruins of its abandoned village. This area is home to perhaps the highest concentration of traditional carpet weavers in Oman, and as we venture further up Jebel Shams we will see their works on display.

The track continues into Wadi an Nakhur and winds up the gorge to the summit. It is possible to hike up to the top where the views are extremely rewarding, or alternatively we can drive up to the edge of Oman’s ‘Grand Canyon’ and take a leisurely ‘balcony walk’, broken up with a tasty picnic lunch.


You will be staying at Hud Hud Mountain Camp, Full board

Day 7

Hud Hud: Transfer from Nizwa to Muscat


After breakfast, and perhaps a vigorous hike up the jebel if you are feeling energetic, we visit the UNESCO listed town of Bahla, famous for it’s fort, souk and local pottery. Before we start making our way back to Muscat, spend some time exploring local mountain villages to gain an insight into the local way of life. Al Hamra, a 400 year old town, is home to some of the oldest preserved houses that can be found in Oman.

Winding up the rocky hillside, is the small ancient village of Misfat al Abriyyin with its picturesque collection of ochre-coloured stone buildings, giving it a somewhat medieval feel. A walk through this pretty village of twisting lanes and covered passages brings you to the falaj (irrigation system), which runs below the village, surrounded by lush bougainvillea, banana palms and other greenery.

From here, we start our descent of the Western Hajar through some very dramatic terrain and down along the exposed and impressive Wadi Bani Auf, one of the greatest and most memorable off-road drives of Oman. Pass through some very rugged and extraordinary mountain scenery, through small jebel villages and often through plenty of water on the track. Stop at the beautiful mountain village of Balad Sayt for lunch and a walk before

continuing on past Snake Canyon and out of the wadi into Rustaq.The imposing fort at Rustaq dates back to four centuries prior to the dawn of Islam in Oman. One of the main occupations here is beekeeping; pure Omani honey is a most sought-after commodity and is of the highest quality.

Arrive back in Muscat in the late afternoon.


Transfer to hotel in Muscat or International Airport

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Hud Hud Wahiba

Hud Hud Wahiba

In the Wahiba Sands Hud Hud camp is set up on a tailor made basis, using authentic handmade Bedouin tents, carefully selected for the environment and sited to ensure privacy and fantastic views....

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Hud Hud Mountain Camp

Hud Hud Mountain Camp

Hud Hud is a private camp set up at 1,000m, in complete privacy, with views towards Oman's highest peak, Jebel Shams....

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