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Safari Desert Camp

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#3 of 19 campsites in Bidiyah
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Safari Desert Camp is a permanent Bedouin style camp which was opened in September 2008. It is located in a remote, quiet desert landscape of the Wahiba Sands, 25km away from Al-Ghabbi, in the city of Bidiyah. Forty challets are widely scattered on the sands, and each are well equipped with authentic carpets, luxury beds and bedding and much more. For our guests' comfort, we use our own 4wd and highly trained camels ensuring complete reliability.
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Breakfast buffet
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HOTEL CLASS
2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Arabic

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Wahiba Sands, Bidiyah 421 Oman
Safari Desert Camp
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Seeb Airport
101.4 mi
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Maximilian wrote a review Jan 2024
Hong Kong, China281 contributions172 helpful votes
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My stay at Safari Desert Camp was an unforgettable experience. Nestled among the dunes, the location offers a unique and serene desert atmosphere. The comfort of the beds was exceptional, ensuring a restful night under the stars. The staff were incredibly warm and hospitable, adding a personal touch to the entire experience. Additionally, the food was delicious, with a variety of dishes that catered well to different tastes. Highly recommend this camp for a luxurious and authentic desert experience.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Aussie Traveller wrote a review Oct 2023
Brisbane, Australia370 contributions99 helpful votes
Rooms were quiet spacious with main drawback being restricted electricity availability from 9pm to 7am. Apparently it does not apply to all accommodation, but in our allocated room there was only restricted lighting pre 9pm. Not the case for some rooms occupied by other tour group members. Rooms quiet spacious but no space provided for luggage, and water pressure in shower was ok. Limited variety in provided buffet meals and camel kebab served for dinner was very chewy and hard to digest. Very close to dunes for sunrise and sunset viewings. Overall an interesting experience but one night was sufficient
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Brun066 wrote a review Jan 2023
Florence, Italy12504 contributions1610 helpful votes
Located in the heart of the Wahiba (or Sharqiya) Sands, this Camp was reached by us from the north, riding through the desert for about forty minutes. It's perceived as perfectly isolated from other tourist settlements: only a few Bedouin tents are encountered along the road to the camp. I highlight this as a positive feature, as in August 2022, having visited the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, we were struck by the presence of camps practically in visual contact with each other. As I learn from the previous photos published by the other visitors, in very recent times the camp has been radically renovated as regards the individual houses: they now appear as elegant masonry hexagons, comfortable and finely furnished, connected by tiled paths. Meals (in our case included in the price of the accommodation) are taken in the common pavilion which is in the center of the camp. All around, simply and beautifully, the desert. I mean, the desert of sand, very attractive by its dunes, which loom over the camp - located in a hollow - and seem to want to swallow it sooner or later (I hope the builders have correctly calculated the movement of the dunes). The price of accommodation for one night, for our group of ten people, was 225 rials (equivalent to about 560 euros), including dinner on arrival and breakfast on departure: a fair price. Because of the gorgeousness of this accommodation, we are even willing to forget a flaw such as the lack of hot water on the evening of our arrival.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Nikos W wrote a review Oct 2022
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Extremely impressive experience! We stayed at two tents separate of the main camp and experienced a lifetime stay in the desert being completely alone with our family and just somebody doing the cooking for us for dinner and breakfast. Everything was perfect- starting with the generous Omani welcome, the extremely nice tents, a great and lonely surrounding, great food and impressive day and nights in the desert. Thank you for your kindness and an impressive stay at Wahiba Sands
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Date of stay: October 2022
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gbb4U wrote a review Mar 2020
oakland, ca49 contributions27 helpful votes
This is a wonderful hotel with full amenities in the desert. My room was a stand alone building with an outdoor shower and toilet that had the most amazing view of stars at night. Best bathroom ever. The food is great and plentiful for both breakfast and dinner. The grounds are clean and well kept. Very lovely location.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Cheryl G wrote a review Feb 2020
Ottawa, Canada140 contributions154 helpful votes
Oh my! What a lovely place in the Wahibi Sands desert! We arrived with our tour group of 12 in 3 land cruisers. The journey to getting to the camp was adventure aplenty, with much dune bashing and some stops along the way to check out random camels walking through the desert. We were greeted and welcomed to the camp with tea and dates and checked in to our "tents". Ours (and most others) weren't really tents -- actual small structures with a "tent-like" quality to them on the inside. Ours was large with three twin beds. The room was covered in carpet (ceiling, walls, and floor) with large pillows for lounging. Mosquito nets covered the beds and the windows were glass-less with shutters. The bathroom was outside and while it had walls and a door, it was "open air". Fun! The camels were calling; we followed our noses and the adorable camel grunts to the camp entrance where short and long camel rides were being offered. I'm no camel exert but they looked to be in good shape and well cared for. A short ride was had and enjoyed before we got back in the land cruisers for more dune bashing and fun frolicking in the desert sand before enjoying a remote sunset. Wow oh wow. I do so very much love sunsets in the desert. Back at the camp, we enjoyed a fantastic dinner at the main dining area. Very good food. I was a bit disappointed that there weren't any after-dinner activities -- music? camp fire? Bedouin ghost stories? Seriously, though - having the opportunity to hear about Bedouin life out in the desert would have been fantastic. Our group just sat around on pillows outside for a short time then we all just dispersed back to our individual tents, which was too bad. We woke up early and had the most spectacular sunset views from the "front porch" of our "tent". Magical. Breakfast was hearty with amazing omelets and the most fantastic Arabic-style bread I had during my whole stay in Oman. I would have loved to stay a few hours longer, but there was much of Oman to see. I enjoyed my stay! I highly recommend it!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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laurabsbelge wrote a review Dec 2019
Brussels, Belgium13 contributions13 helpful votes
Great location. Nice tents, well spaced out so you feel you can enjoy the desert alone. Great camel rides to watch the sunset and a good dinner also served. Well priced and all round a really nice experience
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jay wrote a review Dec 2019
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A colleague and I extended a work trip and did a 1 day tour that included a overnight stay at this desert camp. It was one of the most beautiful nights of my life! The staff were welcoming and friendly (especially Mohammed) and we were lucky enough to be the only guests at the camp! We went on a stunning camel tour to see the sunset and set our alarms at 3am to see the stars a night. Facilities are basic but we needed nothing more - you are staying in the desert after all, why would you want wifi and a flat screen TV! Food was amazing on camp (as was elsewhere in Oman) and our room and bathroom was clear. Would definitely recommend!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Vera D wrote a review Dec 2019
Czech Republic107 contributions81 helpful votes
I highly recommend this place. You can spend evening on dunes to watch sunset and again watch the sunrise if you wish to do so. The food at buffet is lovely as well as the friendly staff. I would come here again, highly recommended! If you meet people outside of the desert telling you that you are not able to drive there if you do not have 4x4 car, do not believe them. You will be able to. :)
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Gimedo wrote a review Dec 2019
53 contributions38 helpful votes
This camp is operated by expats, which means that if you are hoping to learn something about real Bedouin traditions - this I not the place for you. When we arrived at the office to check in and pay, we were approached by a guide (not associated with the camp) who wanted to take us to the actual camp in the desert for 40£. When we asked the official camp people in the office, they recommended going with the guide - even though there was no mention of this extra cost when we booked. Eventually, it turned out that all the people checking in would go together following a car driven by an official staff member...hence not sure what game they were playing! The drive per se is easy if you have 4x4, you just need to not get lost. Once at the camp, the experience was relatively good. You are let free to explore around. Dinner was ok (Indian food mainly...). The desert is of course amazing and since the camp is relatively far from any city, you can properly see stars at night.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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OmanAsh-Sharqiyah GovernorateBidiyah
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Frequently Asked Questions about Safari Desert Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Safari 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 Safari Desert Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Safari Desert Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Safari Desert Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Arabic.