2 independent reviews for Oman holidays, Arabian sands

Reviews for Oman holidays, Arabian sands

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review 2 Jan 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We visited the Friday Market at Nizwa, where goats and cattle are auctioned in the marketplace. Although there were quite a few tourists it was still a memorable and authentic experience.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure you have a good torch for the nights camping, and an additional camping mattress is also a good idea.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To some extent. The trip employed local drivers and camp assistants, all rubbish was assiduously collected and taken away from campsites, and the guide provided water top-ups from large bottles to reduce plastic consumption. However, water and soft drinks were also distributed in small bottles and cans, and plastic plates and cutlery were used for the camp meals. Not sure if Oman has recycling but different elements of waste eweren't separated. Surplus untouched food from lunchboxes was given to people in need.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was thoroughly enjoyable! I hadn't particularly been looking forward to the wild camping but it was survivable and the night in the desert was well worth it to experience the peace, see the sunset and the starry night sky. (Note for 2019 the camping is reduced to 2 non-consecutive nights).

review 21 Mar 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Traveling through and camping in the Omani desert was the most memorable part of the trip for me. I have crossed the Sahara twice as well as the Gobi Desert but the sand dunes of Oman are even more beautiful and interesting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

As the trip doesn't have much free time in Muscat I would suggest arriving a day earlier or staying one day more that is NOT a Friday so that you can see some of the museums of Muscat.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I don't think the trip had a positive OR negative impact on any of these issues. It was too short and too well organized to even know where food was bought or how local people were involved. Care was taken in the desert to be environmental sensitive as well as the one time we visited a bedouin family so I guess I would lean toward a positive response.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I had a wonderful time, but I do think the itinerary should be re-arranged so that Friday is not the last day of the trip.

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