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Frequently Asked Questions

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Please check out the information below. We’ve gathered the most frequently asked questions and provided thorough answers. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us.

4×4 driving & vehicle questions

We advise to never drive alone in the desert. Regardless of your experience, you should always have at least a 2 or 3 other cars with you. When you do go in the desert rent our recovery set so that you can deflate and inflate your tires and pull out cars that are stuck with a towing line. Our Off-Road Recovery sets contains: Air compressor | Deflator | Tyre pressure gauge | Towing line | Shackels for towing line | Jerrycan 20 liter | Jumper cable | Spare valves | Desert support jack plate | First aid kit | Tool set | Engine oil 1 liter
You don’t need to know anything about 4x4 off-road driving before going on a 4x4 expedition tour with us, because our guides will show you how and adjust the off-roading to your skill level. For those who are renting 4x4 off-road cars, it depends on where you want to drive. Some terrains require no prior experience. If, however, you want to drive on dunes we certainly advise to have some previous experience. The more you know, the larger the amount of place you can go. There are also practicalities like deflating your tires. We provide all of this information, but you will have a much smoother trip if you either know about this already or look into it beforehand.
The Pajero should be big enough for 4 adults, but because of all the equipment and luggage, the space will be limited. This can be partially offset by taking a rooftent. For optimal comfort and space we recommend the Toyota Landcruiser.
No, the license of your home country will suffice.
The daily limit per day is 250 KM. Extra mileage will cost OMR 0.10 per extra kilometer (approximate € 0.24 depending on the OMR-EUR exchange rate). Extra mileage will be charged on your credit card directly by our rental car partner. Alternatively you can book the Unlimited Mileage at €25 per rental day
AWD drives the entire wheels all time whereas 4WD uses a driver selectable system that mechanically engages the drive to all four wheels. 4WD has direct mechanical link between front and rear axles which can be locked. Normally the drivers are advised to engage the 4 WD mode (H4)on slippery /sandy surfaces and to get more traction use the low 4WD (L4).
There is not much difference in ground clearance between the 4 WD types. However, Toyota Land Cruisers has bit more ground clearance than the other models.
It would be helpful to engage 4 WD (H4 - can shift in low spead) while driving Wadis (water bed) and Sand dunes and (L4 - Vehicle has to stop) while climbing the mountains or feel maximum traction required. If you have more than 2 persons traveling in your car a V6 engine is recommended particularly in the mountains.

Equipment & camping questions

Yes, of course! If you make the booking with iDrive 4x4, we will send you all the required information. Another option is to rent the iGuide + Oman off-road book which has approximately 30 programmed routes and campsites on it that are described in the book in detail.
It will work well in places where humans live, but reception is not always good in remote areas (deserts and some wadis).
No, the ice can be bought at supermarkets, gas stations, and other shops in Oman.
In our kitchen set we always provide a gas lighter to light the gas stove which you use to ignite a fire. Firewood can be bought at most supermarkets in Oman.
We leave this choice to our clients, but we do have electric coolers available as an extra option. In Oman you are able to buy ice in supermarkets and gas stations, so many of our clients choose to buy new ice every day instead. If you know you’ll be far from human settlement, an electric cool box is a good option.

Payment questions

When you receive our invoice click on the payment link and easy and safe pay via our provider Mollie with your preferred payment method (creditcard, debet card, iDeal, bank transfers and many others)
The GGTO offers travelers the guarantee that they will be recompensed any monies paid out on trips and, as necessary, their return fares will be reimbursed, in the event that the concerned tour operator, affiliated to the GGTO, declares financial insolvency. This can mean before departure, but also during the trip. Moreover, the Guarantee Fund GGTO underwrites your return trip for the length of your stay if the tour operator, due to financial insolvency, can no longer take responsibility for this. Every package holiday dealer is legally required to provide a guarantee scheme such as this one (Civil Code 7 Article 7:512).
The price will not change much with regards to one more or less person. If you decide to travel 6 days instead of 5, we are able to supply a lower daily rate however.
Service charge includes: - Installation of crossbars for the carriage of the rooftent - Installation of rooftent - Loading and cleaning of all camping equipment in the car - Cleaning cost of all camping equipment, rooftent and car - Delivery and Drop Off of the car & equipment in Muscat City or airport
The administration cost is the surcharge depending on the payment method used.
An extra driver will cost €9 per day.
No, unfortunately it is not possible to pay in Oman. Only our Service Center is located there. Our main offices are in The Netherlands and UAE (Dubai).
The rental company take a pre-authorization of OMR 250 as security for possible traffic fines.

General questions

Yes and yes. The airport is the only place to buy bottles of alcohol to take with you. You can buy alcohol at some hotels, but not to take it with you.
Of course! We have attached our Travel Conditions and our Car Rental Conditions accordingly. You can also see them here: https://storage.googleapis.com/wzukusers/user-24824606/documents/35e6b1b251bb43d68931daf111a72052/Rent%20Conditions%20iDrive%204x4%20Oct2019.pdf
Most nationalities do. Read all about Oman visa regulations on our 'Oman Visa Information' page.
No. Your Oman visa is a single entry visa. So the moment you'll leave the country and want to re-enter, you will have to apply for a new visa. So keep this in mind in case you want to leave Oman to travel around the UAE for example. You may be better off purchasing a 10 day visa, which will be cheaper compared to a 30 day visa, as you cannot make use of your 30 days anyway the moment you leave Oman. Upon re-entering Oman you will have to purchase another 10 day visa.