Small group guided tour in Oman

Learning Omani Bee Keeping skills

After a great overnight in the Wihibah Sands on a small group guided tour in Oman we travelled north towards Nizwa. Our first stop was to see how local women are continuing the traditional craft of Camel Bone Carving.

Explanation of Traditional Bone Carving Oman Small group guided tour in Oman
Explanation of Traditional Bone Carving Oman

As this was a Wednesday we also called into Ibra – where the ladies in the group enjoyed the Women’s Souq

Omani Souq
Omani Souq

and all the men took in the general market; full of activity but not much for us to buy.

Fort visit Ash Sharqiyyah Small group guided tour in Oman
Fort visit Ash Sharqiyyah

We stopped into one of Oman’s charming forts set overlooking an extensive Omani Date Oasis, where lunch was also taken.

Nizwa Souq
Nizwa Souq

The holiday period necessitated a visit into Nizwa Souq on the less busy Thursday morning, if compared to a Friday.

Learning Omani Bee Keeping skills Small group guided tour in Oman
Learning Omani Bee Keeping skills

However, there was still plenty of action and lots of cute young animals to tempt us. The final day of our small group guided tour in Oman also took us to an Omani Bee Keeper, which was an engrossing experience as fortunately Omani Honey Bees are very quiet.

Omani Lunch arrives
Omani Lunch arrives

Perhaps more interesting and enjoyable was lunch – a very traditional Omani style meal and I encouraged everyone to use hands as is done in Oman.

Omani Lunch Eaten
Omani Lunch Eaten

Finally, after an action-packed Christmas break – the Millennium Resort gave a fantastic final night in Oman.

Millennium Resort
Millennium Resort

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4