Wildlife Holidays in Oman
Oman is one of the most developed and stable countries in the Arab world and has longstanding ties with Britain. It is a friendly country with a newly developed infrastructure and welcoming attitude to tourists. 75% of Oman is Muslim, with Arabic being the official language.
Oman has a starkly beautiful landscape: its interior is a vast desert plain bordering the ‘Empty Quarter’; the beautiful Al Hajar Mountains rise out of the desert plain in the north-east; along the southern coast white desert sands are fringed by turquoise sea. Dhofar province in the south-west is particularly interesting, with monsoon influences greatly affecting some of this region’s flora and fauna.
Our Specialist Recommends
‘If you hanker after old-world romance, and a - reasonably civilised and comfortable - taste of Arabia, this is the place to find it! The aroma of Frankincense pervades the air and the stars are quite brilliant under the desert sky - it’s a captivating country. The sight of hundreds of sandgrouse gathering to drink at an oasis, stunning coastal scenery, the liberating sense of endless space the desert gives you, not to mention an interesting mix of both African and Indian-influenced bird species ... Oman offers a truly exotic birdwatching holiday.’ - Paul Stanbury
What’s special about the wildlife?
Oman’s birdlife is of particular interest and reflects influences from both the Indian subcontinent and Africa.
When should I visit?
Our tour departs in November, and is timed to coincide with an excellent selection of birds - we will go in search of desert specialists, a wide range of coastal seabirds and waders, breeding birds and late migrants.
Naturetrek holiday to Oman
Our 11-day ‘Oman - Birds, Desert & Culture’ holiday focuses on the resident and migrant birds of the north-east and south-west, as well as splendid desert scenery and Arab hospitality.
What wildlife might I see?
- The critically endangered subspecies of White-collared Kingfisher, Todiramphus chloris kalbaensis
- All 3 of Oman’s bulbul species
- Crab Plover plus herons, terns, waders & Hume’s Wheatear, North-east Coast
- Abdim’s Stork, Singing Bush Lark & African Paradise Flycatcher, Dhofar
- Namaqua Dove, Hume’s Tawny Owl, Yemed Serin & sought-after Arabian specialities
- Shearwaters, petrels, Socotra Cormorants among species at Mirbat, south-west coast
- Frankincense Trees & a lot of Dromedaries!
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Oman HOLIDAYS
Even thought this was a birding trip, the trip was packed with visits regarding the culture of Oman.I am not a birder so was very happy that Andrew made sure I viewed the birds through his scope. I enjoyed being in Oman, the variety of visits, the people (Omani) are exceptionally kind and helpful.
Fascinating journey through most of the country, meeting Omani's, large number of birds of a great variety of species, chance to see cultural sites, lots of Butterflies, very enjoyable boat trip.
A good mix of wildlife habitats and an insight into Omani culture.