This vibrant itinerary combines some of the highlights of northern Oman, including the capital city of Muscat, the vast desert of Wahiba Sands and the dramatic forts and hidden villages around Nizwa in the stunning Hajar Mountains.
Oman is an excellent destination for families, with superb child-friendly hotels and plenty of activities to suit all ages. A combination of the beach, mountains and desert makes for an easy-going but exciting trip, which can easily be tailored for you.
Oman is a country with dramatic landscapes, magnificent forts, vast empty deserts, rugged mountain ranges and stunning coastlines. Imagine India specialist Louise has travelled extensively throughout the country and is very passionate about this little known Middle East destination. We have asked her to whittle down her ideas to come up with the top five reasons why Oman should be your next holiday destination…
This luxurious itinerary takes in Oman’s most breathtaking sites, including the dramatic Hajar mountains and powdery white beaches of Salalah. Spend a night under the stars in an exclusive private camp, and be awe-inspired by Muscat’s Grand Mosque.
When to go to Oman
Oman has two different climates in the north and south of the country, however these are both fairly straightforward and easy to negotiate around when planning a trip.
The Winter Season - October to March/ April
The winter season is the most popular time to visit Oman for non-Arabic tourists. Whilst this season is usually warm, dry and sunny in both the north and south, there are a few variations it is worth being aware of.
Wind direction can have a big impact on the temperatures in northern Oman. If the wind is blowing in from across the desert, it can be 5-10°C warmer than if the wind is blowing in from across the sea. This does mean from December to February, daytime temperatures are often a balmy 25-27°C, but can easily drop to 17-19°C on cooler days. In the higher elevations in the Hajar Mountains, such as the Jabal Akhdar region, it is always cooler than Muscat and Nizwa, with daytime temperatures sometimes dropping as low as 10°C in mid-winter. It has even been known to lightly snow on the highest peaks, although this is fairly rare.
The Dhofar Province in the south of Oman is sub-tropical, therefore has a different climate to the north. Temperatures remain fairly consistent year-round, usually ranging between 25-30°C, although this can fluctuate. The south is normally more humid, although still perfectly pleasant in the winter months.
Sea temperatures remain warm year-round in both the north and the south of Oman, usually averaging 24-25°C in winter.
The Summer Season - May to September
The summer season is when the climate difference between northern and southern Oman becomes clear. In northern Oman, temperatures begin to soar and humidity increases. In July and August, temperatures regularly rise to over 40°C. May and September are interim months, and whilst temperatures can still be around 35°C, for those who don’t mind the heat, this is a great time to travel as prices are much lower than during the winter.
During the summer months, the southern Dhofar Province experiences a monsoon, known as the khareef. There is usually rain and mists from June to August, and the sea is rough. The monsoon’s impact on the countryside is very dramatic, as the hillsides become lush and green, waterfalls cascade from the mountains and wadis and springs become full.
This wet and misty climate actually makes Salalah a very popular destination during the summer for domestic tourism and visitors from other Middle Eastern countries looking to escape the heat. Temperatures in Salalah usually peak just before the start of the monsoon in April and May. The rains are usually over by mid-September (although this can vary year on year), making this a good time to visit, with the countryside still at its most verdant.