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OMAN – A ten day highway 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 highway journey. I did this highway journey throughout a December vacation with my spouse and children. We deliberate numerous actions from tradition, nature and a few leisure. On this Oman itinerary I take you day-to-day and step-by-step by way of Oman together with GPS tracks. We drove from Salalah to Muscat however after all you’ll be able to drive it additionally the opposite manner. I at all times counsel to by no means backtrack the identical route however to drive both a circle or drop the automotive simply on the finish level. Far more environment friendly! Now get pleasure from this Oman highway journey itinerary with me.

A number of common suggestions when driving the Oman itinerary

When you drive in Oman it’s important to hold just a few issues in thoughts to not get misplaced or get into bother. The worst factor that may occur is you find yourself with out gasoline in the midst of nowhere; or two flat tires. Simply hold these easy guidelines in thoughts.

  • At all times refill the tank if it’s half empty, to keep away from operating out of gasoline. Particularly in space’s the place there are not any cities.
  • Ensure you have a spare tire and the instruments to vary it. If you should 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 GPS machine or smartphone with a automotive charger. Be certain your maps are offline as there may be not at all times web service.
  • When you go off highway, just be sure you know what you might be doing.
  • At all times have your passport at hand in case you run right into a safety checkpoint.

Oman is completely protected to drive, so get pleasure from your journey!

Oman Itinerary – Day 1 – Arrival

We truly didn’t begin our journey in Oman, we had just a few days earlier than in Kuwait to see this nation. Examine our days in Kuwait. It’s going to rely from the place you might be however a day further earlier than the precise highway 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 & tips to e-book low-cost enterprise class flights) we may benefit from the firstclass 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’d later drop off at Muscat Airport. We arrived at our resort on Christmas Eve, the Crown Plaza Salalah. We missed the celebrations, however that’s a part of touring rather a lot. The subsequent day our precise Oman highway 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 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 Website (coordinates N17.04176 ; E54.43580). Subsequent on our checklist was Mirbat Fort and a drive by way of Mirbat (coordinates N 16.99358 ; E 54.69314). We made a rapid cease on the Mausoleum of Bin Ali.

At this level we turned again to Salalah and after 15 kilometers we drove in 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 checklist had been unspoiled seashores in direction of the Yemen border, simply comply with the highway and go off highway (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 rapid cease on the archeological website of al-Balid earlier than persevering with to our resort.

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OMAN – A day in Salalah; the beginning of our highway 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 right now will likely be in the midst of the desert: UNESCO Frankincense Path: Archaeological website of Shisr. It’s situated at N 18.254958; E 53.648690. Take 70 KM after Thumrait a left flip over the desert highway, the previous highway. From Shisr it’s good to drive in direction of N 18.675047; E 54.081860 in a straight line over the desert highway as properly. You will see 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

As we speak is a day we’ll spend round Duqm and extra particular a 5 kilometer abandoned stretch of white seaside. The seaside known as Ras Markaz seaside. Drive in 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 highway from there to the seaside. In case roads change (there are a lot 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 not 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

As we speak 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 highway alongside the coast. A reasonably straight ahead drive and we arrived within the afternoon on the turtle refuge heart. Late night and early morning subsequent day the place the excursions to the seashores to see the turtles. This can be a lifetime expertise.

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OMAN – The Ras al Jinz Sea Turtle Reserve; a novel 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 highway journey we had a protracted day of driving and stopping at numerous locations. The primary cease was on the Ras al Had fort (situated at N 22.525837; E 59.791153). It’s a small fort after which we made a cease on the lake (proper facet of the highway in 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 citadel Billad Sur (N22.554094; E59.489303) and the Sinaysilah Fort (N22.579927; E59.503765). The subsequent cease was the traditional metropolis of Qalhat (N 22.694526; E59.372538) and a bit additional down the highway the Bimmah Sinkhole within the Hawiyat Najm Park (N 23.033611; E 59.069868). A little bit of the principle highway 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 situated within the city of Quriyat (N 23.265196; E 58.916002).

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

Oman - Sur to Muscat
Oman – Sur to Muscat

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

Our base for the final a part of our Oman highway journey was in Muscat, the capital of Oman. This present day journey could be one of many highlights of our journey as we’d drive off-road by way of the Hajar Mountains. A harmful highway! As we speak 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 principle and most stunning forts in that space of Oman.

It’s essential to complete these forts round midday to have the ability to drive by way of the mountains throughout daylight. I don’t advocate driving at night time as at sure space’s you could have cliffs down and up on each side reaching 800 meters. Ensure you have a 4×4 automobile and know methods to function it. It’s essential that you just refill with gasoline earlier than driving by way of the wadi. Take sufficient water and ensure you have at the very least one spare tire with you.

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

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

Oman - Hajar Mountain Range
Oman – Hajar Mountain Vary

Oman Itinerary – Day 8 – A day in Muscat

New Yr’s Eve in Muscat. We determined to remain in Muscat and discover the town all day to be again on the resort for the New Yr’s Eve social gathering. Within the morning we began on the grand mosque referred to as Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque: the spotlight in Muscat. We continued to the opposite facet of Muscat had been we’d 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 most important 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

As we speak we headed again (the quick manner) to the area round Nizwa. This can be 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 huge however in very good situation. After this we continued to the big fort of Nizwa within the metropolis heart. After the fort of Nizwa we visited the UNESCO Website 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 the planet) situated at N22.964824, E57.300368 additionally listed as UNESCO Website.

From right here we needed to go to the Bee Hives Tombs that are listed as UNESCO Websites. They aren’t actually on monitor on the sightseeing routes, we drove in whole round 4 hours to discover two most essential websites. One row of round 12 Tombs situated at N23.213997, E56.965333. From there we drove to Bat Bee Hive website which is a very powerful (situated N23.267862, E56.743664). The positioning 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 location 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

As we speak we took the airplane to Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airways arriving simply after lunch time. This was leg one among our flight house. 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 highway journey we is not going to overlook. We discovered about Omans tradition, nature and meals.

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