From Muscat, it takes about 2 hours to reach Bidiya and if you are not sure about ur car or driving skills to the 1001 nights camp , the camp provides pick and drop services of a driver n car for about 40 omani Rials to n fro. the drive to the camp from bidiya takes an hour and its not much of a diffcult drive if you have a 4 wd .. not many big dunes to climb. the path is well marked and you wont be lost.
best time to arrive is around 1 pm at bidiya so that you are at camp at 2 pm .. and rested before you go for a sand dune bashing drive around 5 or 5:30 .. in winter months you might have to leave earlier for the sand dune bashing trip
the good thing is that they have a nice lil swimming pool where u can lounge for a while ..a nice scenic place ..
the place is full of tents made of cloth and very basic ..each has 2 beds and an extra bed(small sized) can be put in .. the sheikh tents have an attached open roofed bathroom with no hot water ..you can take an optional dune bashing trip by paying about 25 ORs to the guides .. but the drive is more of a cruise than bashing .. they take u up the hill and you cud stop for a few photography moments .. not a great thrill ride but kinda basic ..but a must for tourists who have never done it in the desert
if you dont wish for a dune bashing trip the driver will take you up the hill for sunset viewing for free .. or u can chose to walk up
the sunset point is not one of the greatest but its worth taking a view .
the food is a good spread .. but not much can be said about taste and quality ..its just a lot of bland food and i wonder to whose taste it caters to .. coz no1 i met was satisfied with the food.. sad part is too much of food gets wasted ...i wish they serve a few dishes but prepare em well ..
the BBQ chicken or meat they offer is never really well cooked or well marinated. a thing they need to work on .. and there is very limited vegetarian option..
at night you can hang around the lounge/dining area .on thursdays they claim to have some local arab musicians playing ..
at night you could also chose to walk up the dunes and gaze at the stars
the staff is good and take care of your needs ..and are polite
even the drivers/guides are nice and simple. tho i wish they could do some real dune bashing and not just cruising ...i went for three trips and found their dune bashing trips pretty lame. i woudnt do it again
- Also Known As:
- 1000 Nights Camp Hotel Wahiba Sands
- 1000 Nights Camp Oman/Wahiba Sands