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From Wadi Bani Khalid to Wahiba Sands

From mountain to desert oasis

Petr Liška
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From Wadi Bani Khalid to Wahiba Sands
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Just 50 kilometers apart are two major Omani attractions – the beautiful lakes of the Wadi Bani Khalid mountain valley and the huge Wahiba Sands. Even the road between these two places is worth it, thanks to the changes in the landscape

Beautiful road Wadi Bani Khalid

The road to Wadi Bani Khalid is blind, so you will return a few tens of kilometers the way you have already traveled, but it is an interesting route so it does not matter at all. The road in Wadi is surrounded by huge boulders

Beautiful road Wadi Bani Khalid
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Viewpoint at the visitor center

The road rises above the valley and here you turn to the inhabited visitor center. There is a great view of the whole valley and the surrounding mountains

Viewpoint at the visitor center
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A huge oasis

The local oasis is really impressive

A huge oasis
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Village above the valley

A look back at the beginning of your own canyon

Village above the valley
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Lowland view

The road continues through the valley through two towns, where it is possible to replenish supplies or have lunch, so that it then ascends to the mountain pass about 810 m above sea level. From here, a long descent to the lowlands awaits you. The mountains of sand in Wahiba Sands can already be seen on the horizon. The asphalt is new beautiful. It used to have to be a pretty interesting way on gravel

Lowland view
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Lowland road

After descending from the mountains, there are only desolate cemeteries around. In a moment you will connect to the main road No. 23

Lowland road
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Camels by the road

The fact that you are approaching the desert will be suggested by a herd of camels by the island

Camels by the road
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At Al Mintarib Castle

From the main road, turn into the city of Bidiyah, which is the best starting point for the desert. To the south of the city is a small castle Al Mintarib. Unlike other Omani castles, however, it is not impressive

At Al Mintarib Castle
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In the castle of Al Mintarib

If you have a moment, you can see the castle, but there is not much to see here

In the castle of Al Mintarib
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Wahiba Sands Desert within easy reach

It is only a short distance from the castle to the beginning of the desert. Follow the asphalt road to the south, which will take you to an oasis surrounded on both sides by high dunes

Wahiba Sands Desert within easy reach
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