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Exciting Things to do in Al Wasil – Experience the Magical Desert

Al Wasil is a rustic little village, close to Oman's capital Muscat. The place has a magical allure with plenty of historical and cultural sites to explore. Listed are some of the best attractions.


Explore the Al Wasil City Centre

The Al Wasil City centre is not crowded; the place has a laid back ambience to it that makes you want to wander around on foot. When the weather gets too hot, step into one of the lovely little cafes and relish some snacks and fragrant coffee. Browse the little boutiques there and you are sure to come across some authentic souvenirs that will offer lasting memories of your time in the rustic desert town.


Indulge in Exotic Sunset Camel Safaris

Camel riding is one of the top activities for visitors at Desert Nights Camp, the only luxurious desert camp in the country. Easily booked via your desert camp hotel, the camel tours head into the desert, as the sun starts to shed a golden glow over the shifting sand dunes. Don't forget the cameras folks, for nothing is more magical than a sunset across the desert. And to be able to witness this on the back of a camel is quite the experience that will have you feeling like one of the Bedouin tribe.


Visit the Bedouin Houses

Enjoy a sojourn to a traditional Bedouin campsite. There you can savour the customs and culture, chat to the local tribesmen and enjoy practising some traditional dance moves. Set off with the tribe on a desert exploration, cross the sand dunes and watch out for the exotic wildlife. Later sit down in front of a roaring campfire and listen mesmerized to ancient tales of the desert.


Experience a Desert Camp

Nothing will be more magical than a stay at an exotic desert camp. Just 60kms from Wahiba Sands Desert Camp is the Wadi Bani Khalid; this is one of the most popular in the Sharqiyah region and the country. The streams at this wadi, boast a constant flow of water all year round, hence, you are treated to beautiful vistas of large pools framed by scattered boulders. By staying at a desert camp, you have ample opportunity to explore this tough and starkly beautiful terrain. Don't forget to explore Kahf Maqal, an underground cave system that is best attempted by the adventurous explorer.


Enjoy Some Dune Bashing

Travellers exploring Al Wasil, can head over to the nearest desert camp resort and book a 4X4 dune bashing safari into the Wahiba Desert. Nothing beats the adrenaline rush of speeding across the sand dunes, and for an added kick you could opt for quad bikes, and race across the shifting sands.


Enjoy Some Star Gazing

At the end of the day, as you sit by the campfire of your desert hotel, you will notice how the enormous night sky seems to engulf you with a million twinkling stars. This is why many guests enjoy star gazing via a telescope, as the night sky when you are in the desert is a huge tapestry of glowing lights that beckon to be surveyed.

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