A day excursion to the fringes of the largest desert in the world. A glimpse at the limits of a space where you can meet nature in its most uncontaminated form.
Ubar, Khadaf, Wadi Dowka,
What is Included?
4x4 air conditioned vehicle with specialized driver (safety seats for children available on request); lunch in local restaurant; guided visits at Shisr archaeological site, Wadi Dowka; (Frankincense valley), high dunes of Rub al Khali, camel camp; all entrance tickets; English speaking guide (other languages available on request – supplement required); water, tea and snacks.
In the morning we will hit the road that takes to the desert. We will visit the archaeological site of Shisr (UNESCO site), interpreted as the mythic city of Ubar, the Atlantis of the Sands. At Shisr we will get off road to reach the big dunes of the Rub al Khali, the largest desert on Earth (650000 sq.km), still largely unexplored. We will stop to see a camel camp where the black camels of the Rub al Khali are bred. We will stop for lunch at the town of Thumrait, once called “the midpoint”, halfway between the sea and the sands. After lunch we will stop at the Frankincense Park in Wadi Dowka (UNESCO site), to see the largest concentration of Boswellia sacra trees, the plant that produces the frankincense resin.
The route goes from the city of Salalah to the town of Shisr, crossing Jabal al Qara, the central mountain of the Dhofari Range. A road that takes from the shore of the Ocean to the fringes of the “Empty Quarter”.