Oman Wadi Bashing – The country of Oman is a 4 wheel drivers dream with its open deserts, cheap gas, deep steep rocky remote canyons, and large sand dunes. Muscat is the capital and is a great place to rent a 4-whd vehicle ranging from Humvees, to Pathfinders and Land Rovers. Salalah is the largest city in the south and 4-whd rentals and outdoor opportunities also surround this part of Oman. Wadi’s are everywhere in Oman and are essentially river canyons in the mountains and lower spots in the desert where water may flow during infrequent downpours.
The most scenic wadis are in the mountains and many are just and hour or two drive from Muscat. It is never a good idea to camp within a Wadi especially during the rainy season as they can fill up and become raging torrents within a matter of minutes even if the rainstorm is kilometers away. One that we recommend is Wadi Tiwi. This is located about 2.5 hours south of Muscat and is one of the steepest narrowest wadi driving in all of Oman. It ends at the picturesque village of Mibam set among a grove of date palm trees. To view pictures of Oman wadis and the desert visit our Oman photo gallery here.