- An excellent short tour with an accomplished and highly efficient tour leader Sunil. A varied and busy itinerary though it inevitably involved long days and a great deal of off-road driving. The trip notes should be studied carefully before booking - they mean exactly what they say. Hotels were more than acceptable but the 3 nights camping are not for the faint hearted or unprepared. This is 'wild' camping in basic conditions (dig your own loo and if you want a clean sleeping bag bring your own!) though meals are prepared by the support crew who also set up and dismantled each camp.
One thing the trip notes do NOT make clear is that Oman is effectively a 'dry' country and alcohol is only available in a few licensed restaurants. If that is a problem then think again about going at all.
Reviews about previous trips seem to be varied but the unfavourable ones make it plain that many people took far too much for granted and either ignored what the trip notes say or didn't even bother to study them at all. Some reviewers even seem to belong to a different planet and I found it hard to accept we had been on the same tour at all. Keep an open mind, be prepared to adapt but don't, whatever you do, expect luxury, butler service or 5 star cuisine. With the right attitude this will be a wonderful experience you are unlikely ever to forget but you need to have that attitude first.
Published on: 06 April 2016