Life at the edge: wild camping in Oman

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Fiona McAuslan

0. 6 of the best places to camp in Oman

Inspired? From mountain plateaus to sprawling deserts, these are the top spots to camp across the country:

1. For island life: Masirah island

Stunning and secluded, Masirah island, off the east coast, is a good option for the summer months, when temperatures rocket on the mainland. Sur Masirah is a haven of coral reefs, white sands, bird and turtle watching. Cool breezes have also spawned a kite surfing subculture.

2. For great hiking: Jebel Shams

This is the highest point in the mountains (and one of the most dramatic), with a view down a sheer canyon that plummets down over 3000m. There’s fantastic hiking all around this area, too.

3. For mountain views: Sharafat al Alamayn

This mountain plateau is easy to reach with a 2WD but has one of the best views over the whole Jebel Akhdar range. A wide flat plateau makes a good camping spot.

4. For towering sand dunes: Wahiba Sands

Use the Bidiya desert camp to orientate yourself, but strike off to the dunes to set up camp. It's recommended that you don't go into the desert alone – Nomad Tours leads expeditions here.

5. For a coastal escape: around Al Sifah beach

An hour’s drive from Muscat, this golden sand beach is ideal for an overnight trip from the capital. A short drive further along the coast is the picturesque fishing village Qurayyat.

6. For a far-flung adventure: Al Khalaf

Picture-perfect beaches, dunes and a fishing village await those who persevere to this far-flung point south of Muhut. The powdery sands have earned it the nickname sugar dunes, while the nearby beach is a glittering jewel. The only drawback is that you need a 4WD to take it on – but it will be the most rewarding camping spot should you do so.

Camping equipment for this trip was provided by Nomad Tours. Remember to always wild camp responsibly. For more information, see Oman Tourism.

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