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.
The daily limit per day is 200 KM. Extra mileage will cost OMR 0.075 - 0.08 per extra kilometer (approximate € 0,18 - € 0.20 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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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.
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