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About Oman

Get swept away by the intricate designs and exotic tastes and smells of the beautiful Middle-Eastern wonderland, Oman. Abound in natural wonders and golden-desert dreams, Oman is an indulgent and awe-inspiring destination, with a population of 4.5 million residents. Attraction include Al Mughsail Beach (Salalah), Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (Muscat), and Wadi Shab (Sur).

Cheap flights to Oman are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be amazed by this stunning country. Oman’s capital city, Muscat, is home to Muscat International Airport (MCT), which is located 15 minutes from the city centre. Muscat International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and South African Airways. Popular connecting flights are available from Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Muscat is approximately 10 hours and 40 minutes.

Why visit Oman

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Stunning Architecture

Eloquent palaces with tall pillars, marble-floored mosques that call the masses to pray and a dazzling opera house with its ornate design – this is Oman!

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Desert Safaris

Visit the desert on the steady back of a camel or the adrenaline-infused way, on massive 4x4’s. Decide to stay the on a makeshift bed, staring up into the clear nights skies.

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Natural Attractions

From its secluded beaches, to its golden deserts, to the rugged mountain tops and deep valleys, Oman has beauty that is hard to put into words. All the better for seeing with your own eyes.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Omani Rial (OMR)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.029 OMR
Language Arabic
Hub Airport Muscat International Airport (MCT)
Airline Oman Air
Time Zone GMT+ 4
Travel Adaptor Type G

Best time to visit Oman

Oman experiences warm to hot temperatures all year, with some cool breezes and even a chilly night or two over the winter season (November to March). During the summer (June to August), temperatures have been known to get exceedingly hot and it is not uncommon to reach 40°C. During this time, locals tend to enjoy a break in the city of Salalah, a hilly city with lush greenery. Salalah is the only city which experiences a monsoon-like phenomenon every year, known as khareef. Winters in Oman are beautiful, with average day time temperatures hovering around 26°C, and the cool, night time temperatures thoroughly enjoyed by the locals.

Weather & Climate in Oman

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 17°C 18°C 21°C 25°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 28°C 28°C 25°C 21°C 19°C
High °C 25°C 26°C 30°C 35°C 39°C 40°C 38°C 35°C 36°C 35°C 31°C 27°C
Rainfall (mm) 10 30 10 10 20 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Oman is colourful, detailed, and beautiful in all directions that you look.

The natural attractions of this idyllic country are breathtaking as it’s hard to believe that such beauty can exist. Off-rode driving will excite the adrenaline seekers, with rugged mountain trails at your disposal and 4x4 desert trips into the wild.

The luxury of Oman is done in a way that is not all gold and caviar, but instead captures your senses with tastefully designed holiday resorts and shopping malls that look as though they belong to a king (which they probably do!). The Grand Market in Muscat is where you will try your luck at an age-old game of bartering. Don’t expect to escape the ancient form of sales, and instead enjoy the motions as you leave with your ‘discounted’ souvenirs.

And the food, of course, the food! Oman is ideally located to give you the most enticing and flavoursome dishes from across the Mediterranean seas and further stretches.

Water-filled valleys that are wonderful for swimming in the winter are precious gems that can only be found with the help of a guide, making your experience even more unique.

The tropical city of Salalah is abound with lush valleys, wide rivers and cool weather throughout the year – a popular holiday destination for locals. The monsoon season, known as khareef brings about some rain and joy from the months of July to September.

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South Africans who wish to visit Oman do need to apply for a visa, but you can do this on arrival in the country. To obtain this visa, you would need to have a return ticket to your home country or your next destination, and at least six months left on your passport. The visa is valid for 90 days. All paperwork will be done at Muscat International Airport.

For more information, contact the Embassy of Oman.

Address: 11 Anderson Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, South Africa.

Phone: 012 362 8301

Oman is considered a highly safe country, with very few reports of crime of any kind. As this destination is in a very hot region of the Middle East, it is important to stay hydrated. Try to carry and refill your water bottle as not all public areas (such as certain beaches and parks) will have refreshment vendors.

It is important to respect the culture in Oman, and so women are advised to dress modestly and to cover their legs until their knees. You may be denied entry to certain places if you don’t adhere to the dress code.

It is always important to have your vaccines up-to-date when you are travelling. When visiting Oman, it is recommended to get vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Muscat
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 90 R 100 R 83
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22 R 25 R 101
Cappuccino R 19 R 20 R 59
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 12 R 7
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 38 R 38 R 40
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