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Self drive every time. Excellent roads,good cars and cheap petrol. Muscat traffic can be manic on occasions, especially around rush hour but once you are outside the city there is very little traffic and the driving is easy.
Be aware of the speed cameras they are everywhere and the ability to U turn at junctions. Oman is a fantastic country and great for a road trip, you will love it.
Thank you for all the responses.
Somehow it seems that most are in favour of driving in Muscat and we are akin to that as well as we tend to drive wherever we travel to . However, we had read that sign posting isnt very reliable in Oman and it would be necessary to rent a 4 wheel drive - is this true?
As we are spending only a few days there, we are only thinking of the necessary sights eg a full day in muscat doing the usual highlights,perhaps a day out of town to Nizwa and possibly a day at a Wadi or beach.
It would have to be either Wadi or beach and not both as we dont have time - which Wadi is recommended and can we drive there ourselves?
Thank you TA members .
You only need a 4WD if you plan to visit the mountains or the desert otherwise a car is fine.
Go to Tiwi, accessible by car, in the morning then have a nice lunch at one of the two restaurants in the village between the wadis. The rest of the day you can spend at Wadi Shab, accessible by a small boat.
You can also visit the sinkhole while you are in the area.
Unless you are visiting the Friday goat market I would skip Nizwa, the fort now has a £10 entrance fee.
Much better to go past Nizwa and visit Jabrin, a fortified manor with some original ceilings and furnishings and Bahla, the huge UNESCO fort both of these are only £1.
Muscat is very spread out, so visit the grand mosque early in the morning before the cruise ship crowds arrive then go to old Muscat to see the palace and museums a couple of small eateries close by for a light lunch and finish the day by spending the evening in Muttrah visiting the souk and a walk along the promenade.
Enjoy.Edited: 09 August 2018, 16:22
I am keen to visit Nizwa more for their souq as I read somewhere that Muttrah souq is overrated and filled with tourists so everything there is overpriced- is this true ? And the way souqs go, which would be a good souq to visit ?I am looking to purchase frankincense , myrrh , agar wood chips and electric incense burners.
Thank you all once again.