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Al Wasil, Oman Bidiyah, next to the mosque, 421 Oman
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Traditional desert camp, run by a local bedouin family that calls Sharqiya Sands home. Proudly environmentally friendly and winner of a 2013 Oman Green Award.
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Al Wasil, Oman Bidiyah, next to the mosque, 421 Oman
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AnnCarshult wrote a review Dec 2020
London, United Kingdom45 contributions7 helpful votes
My friends heard about this place by word of mouth from two unrelated people so we decided to check it out. It is amazing! Listening to the shifting sands, riding camels, watching shooting stars, eating dates and drinking coffee are just a few of the highlights. The best part was engaging in conversations with the brothers that make it all happen. I can’t wait to return.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dave P wrote a review Mar 2020
Tonbridge, United Kingdom21 contributions4 helpful votes
We were met at Al Wasil where someone helps with lowering your tyre pressure before following our guide for the 30 minute drive to the camp. The drive is great fun - we are not off road people so for us it was a nice balance between the adventure of going off road into the desert and feeling safe because you’re with a group and the tracks are established. The camp is fantastic and very quiet. You stay in shacks and there’s a great area where you can sit around a fire and take breakfast and dinner. The absolute highlight is the location and the welcome. The family running the camp are very welcoming and friendly and the desert is beautiful. We took the option of an afternoon off-road 2 hour trip which was incredible. Our guide was fantastic, friendly and full of information as well as being an amazing driver. We had coffee over a fire in the middle of the desert at sunset which was unforgettable. Also climbing the dunes by the camp at sunrise the next morning.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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flozol66 wrote a review Mar 2020
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What a fantastic day - most likelely the best day of our 10 day road trip in Oman. In addition to the overnight stay we also booked a 4*4 drive in the late afternoon and this was almost unreal. Unbelievable that the driver was able to "ride" the dunes in angles, where "normal" drivers will no doubt get stuck. On top of that we where able to see his 4day old new camel which especially pleased our two kids (11+16). The even meal was very tasty and witnessing a fantatic sky with so many stars, just awsome. Overall not a cheap stay, but worth every single penny.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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philo04 wrote a review Jan 2020
California216 contributions135 helpful votes
We stayed here for one night in December of 2019 with two adults and one nine year old child. It was the highlight of our amazing trip. We wish we would have stayed for two nights. We found the meeting spot easily and were led to the camp. There is not much in the town where you meet but there is a grocery store right next to the meeting point and we found a decent pretty good restaurant for lunch about a 7 min drive from the meeting point. We loved everything about this camp. The cottages are wonderful - cozy, comfortable and special. We had very bad luck and it rained on the night we were there so we did not see too many stars and could not sleep outside but it was still a very good experience. The camp is well designed and beautiful. The bathrooms are great - clean and easy to use/find. What a experience to use a toilet in the open air with sand beneath your toes. We did not shower there but the showers looked fine. Do take the sunset hike - our daughter could have played in the sand for days - she was in heaven. The sand is amazing, soft, fine, red and flies away when you toss it. Our guide had a fire with coffee/tea/dates and we sat watching the sun go down. Then we got to sit on pillows and enjoy a wonderful dinner. It was quite good. Then as we all sat around a campfire, three locals sang and played the guitar for us - it was magical and beautiful despite some of the rude westerners talking and laughing during the performance. After they left, we all got up and danced under the stars. We slept well in our cottage - there are side fabric panels to cut the wind and we were warm and comfortable in there. We used the mosquito net as there are some bugs. The breakfast was also good. We did the 15 min camel ride and I would not do it again - I felt bad for the animals and I did not like that when each camel was forced to stand up with people on its back, it made this horrible groaning angry sound. We did not see the animals mistreated but perhaps like elephants they are better not ridden but admired from a distance. We stayed for a bit the next morning as our daughter played in the sand. This is a great place for kids of all ages and it is romantic and serene for adults. Do not miss this experience when in Oman. You get to drive your own way out which is easy to do and fun.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: stay in the Cottages and not the tents - they leaked when it rained
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Henry Meyer wrote a review Oct 2019
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My eight-year-old son and I had the privilege of spending two nights in the desert organized by Nomadic Desert Camp, an experience we will never forget. The first we opted for Wild Camping, staying in an isolated spot in a tent with nearby WC/shower. It was everything and more we could have hoped for - the utter stillness, bright starry skies and feeling of having left everything familiar behind. The next day we embarked on a full-day camel trek to the main camp. The heat, especially towards midday, was a challenge to say the least. But thankfully we were able to seek shade for a few hours. And the sensation of slowly moving across this magnificent and empty landscape on the back of camels was indescribable. All our Bedouin hosts were gracious and extremely welcoming - from Rashid, the eldest brother who drove us from Muscat and regaled us with tales of Oman, to his younger sibling Sultan, who gave us an amazing spin up and down the dunes in a 4X4 on our first evening, and our guide Hamad, who tirelessly accompanied us on foot during the hours-long camel trip. The last night in the camp we sat by a fire and drank tea, intensely weary but exhilarated.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nomadic Desert Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Nomadic Desert Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Nomadic Desert Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Nomadic Desert Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Nomadic Desert Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Arabic.