With interest I was reading already some other threads at this forum on Khasab "dhow cruise and mountain safari" as we are planning to do the same end of November 2013
I have already contacted two tour operators (Khasab and Al Taif Tours) and got their feedback. But most probably we will just book the "Dhow Cruise" on arrival to have some better flexibility on the day or make arrangements only one or two days in advance.
So we will most probably go for the 09am half day Dhow Cruise and in the afternoon we are planning the mountain safari.
I am having having two questions left for the Jebel Harim Mountain Tour
1) Do we need a 4x4 with a driver or could we do the mountain tour on our own? We will have a Jeep Cherokee or something similar. I will not know in advance if the Cherokee is a 4x4 or just 2 wheel. My experiences are with the Sani Pass in Lesotho and several tracks in Chobe & Moremi in Botswana. Usually I prefer privacy without a driver
2) Some articles are saying that there is a military zone starting at 1.600m and private vehicles can't go thru. Are guided tours to have permission to climb up to 2.000m and would it be worthwhile doing the last 400m? Just the difference in case we would go on our own and guided tour woul go up to the top (2.000m)