4×4 rental in Oman: the best agencies in Muscat
Why travel by 4×4 to Oman?
Oman has an incredible diversity of landscapes: from wadis lost in the mountains to white sand dunes flowing into the sea. A vast desert plain covers most of the central part of the country and several high mountain ranges (Jebel ach-Chams, 3,009 m) stretch along its north and south-east coasts. There are few asphalt roads (outside the Muscat agglomeration) and they connect the major cities (Muscat, Nizwa, Salalah). Staying on these major roads means missing out on the beauty and diversity of the country’s landscapes. To access remote and wild areas, 4 wheel drive will be essential. It is also possible to cross the country by motorbike, ATV or on foot. Wild camping is allowed, so you will be able to enjoy a starry sky without light pollution. Drinking water points are accessible in all villages. Camping in Oman is a unique experience… you will enjoy a starry sky without light pollution.
In Oman, there are thousands of trails to explore. We recommend that you buy the book Oman Off-road, a real nugget offering a selection of 38 4×4 tracks across the country. Go to our article to discover an optimized itinerary for two weeks, taking into account the different trips we have made there. It was largely inspired by the tracks of the book Oman Off Road.
Tip: There are relatively few rental agencies in Oman that specialize in 4×4 off-road vehicles. So we recommend that you book your 4×4 in advance, as they leave very quickly, especially between January and April.
What type of 4×4 to rent to travel in Oman?
There are many manufacturers and 4×4 models but not all of them are present in Oman. To make sure you don’t get lost, we have written an article about the best 4×4 rental cars. The predominant brands in Oman are Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi. If you have a problem during your road-trip with one of these brands, it will be easier to find a mechanic and the parts than for other less common brands.
In order to help you find a 4×4 for your trip to Oman, we put you in contact with trusted rental companies (see end of article). They offer 4x4s adapted to the tracks of Oman. In addition, you can rent a roof tent directly on your 4×4!
Rules of driving in Oman
Be careful and alert to the behaviour of other drivers, especially in the Muscat area where traffic can be heavy. There is very little traffic on the main roads. You will often be alone on the road!
Rental 4×4 insurance
Usually the rental companies will offer you an insurance. If you don’t have coverage included in your credit card, take the insurance that the rental agency will offer you. They usually offer Collision Damage Waiver coverage that covers some of the damage to the rental vehicle in the event of an incident. We also recommend that you plan a small “repair” budget, a simple flat tire can quickly happen!
State of roads in Oman
As mentioned above, roads are only asphalted on major roads. On the other hand, to access mountainous and more desert-like areas, you will have to drive on tracks of varying condition (sand, pebbles, etc.). For example, the tracks in the mountainous region south of Mascat are often covered with pebbles and rocks. Also, you will have to drive on sandy tracks and you will have to switch to 4 wheel drive and deflate your tires as explained in our article “How to drive on sand”. You can of course also choose to do only easy tracks!
4×4 rental with driver in Oman
Some travellers will prefer to use the services of a driver when travelling to Oman. This can have several advantages if you have no experience in 4×4 driving or mechanics in case of a problem. Drivers are familiar with their vehicles, can act as translators, and are used to driving on uncertain tracks.
Rent a 4×4 in Muscat – Rental Agencies
It is of course in Muscat that the majority of rental agencies are located. There are not many rental companies specializing in off-road vehicles, but the market is growing. Here is a selection of very serious and professional rental companies.
You will have the choice between international rental agencies and agencies specializing in the rental of 4x4s equipped for off-road driving and for travelling independently (with roof tent, camping equipment and other services…).
Peter – Rugged 4x4s with roof tent in Muscat
Peter has a very recent fleet of 4×4’s: these are powerful 4×4’s that can cope with all types of terrain in Oman, especially sandy passages.
The service is outstanding and the options with roof tents and camping equipment are unique! If you want a little comfort in your “roots” trip, don’t hesitate to rent a 4×4 with a roof tent from Peter!
Only Toyota Prado and Land-Cruiser models are available with a roof tent.
Toyota Prado 4.0L V6 (2017-2019) - Automatic
One of the best all-terrain 4x4s that is also very comfortable! Moreover, it is very easy to drive if you are new to driving a 4x4. A powerful model that will hopefully allow you not to get stuck in the sand!
Price : 127.40 euros / day
This model can accommodate a "Couple" roof tent for 2 people (+27,50 euros / day)
Toyota Land Cruiser 4.0L V6 (2017-2019) - Automatic
This 4x4 can accommodate up to 6 people and can carry a COUPLE or FAMILY roof tent! Probably the most powerful 4x4 in Peter's fleet (along with the Nissan Patrol). An ideal choice for a family!
Price: 151.20 euros / day
The FAMILY roof tent is suitable for 2 adults and 2 children (+40 euros / days)
Toyota Prado 2,7L (2017-2019) - Automatic
One of the best all-terrain 4x4s that is also very comfortable! Moreover, it is very easy to drive if you are new to driving a 4x4. This 2.7L model is powerful enough for all the tracks in the Oman Off-road book.
Price : 117 euros / day
However, this model is not suitable for a roof tent.
Nissan Patrol 5,6 V8 (Modèle 2017-2019) - Automatic
The most powerful SUV in Peter's fleet. It can accommodate up to 7 people.
This large luxury car is NOT suitable for transporting roof tents as it does not have roof bars. The car is the perfect choice if you just want to camp with tents on the ground with a large group or just enjoy a very comfortable off-road ride.
Price: 189 euros / day
This 4x4 does not accommodate a roof tent.
Toyota Fortuner 2,7L (2017-2019) - Automatic
A good 4x4 to explore Oman. It can accommodate 5 people. It is a petrol vehicle with a tank of 80 liters.
Price : 107,80 euros / day
This 4x4 does not accommodate a roof tent.
Roof tents 4x4
Peter offers two types of roof tents:
- COUPLE model (ideal for 2 adults) – Dimensions inside the tent : 200 x 140 x 70,5/112,5 cm | Price : 27,50 euros / day
- Model FAMILY (ideal for 2 adults and 2 children) – Dimensions inside the tent : 200 x 250 x 110 cm | Price 40 euros / day
– 4 or 6 double-layer windows, 2 ventilation points.
– Double layer door to keep insects out.
– Large awning as protection against rain.
– Quality foam mattress for a comfortable rest.
– Mattress cover has a zipper and can be washed.
– 2 large shoe bags on the side of the entrance.
– Aluminium ladder included (capacity up to 150 kg).
– Very compact design for windy areas.
For both models:
– Deposit: 150 €.
– A bed sheet will be provided for the mattress.
– Please order your pillows and sleeping bags separately or bring your own.
– Service charges for installation, delivery/deposit and cleaning of equipment are applicable.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of the camping equipment offered by Peter and his team:
- Ground tent (couple or family), mattress, duvet
- Chair, folding table, kitchen set, ice box, solar shower
- Off-road equipment (pack): Air compressor, deflator, tyre pressure gauge, towing strap, 20-litre jerry can, connecting cable, spare valves, desander plate, first aid kit, tool kit, 1-litre engine oil
- GPS and book Oman Off-Road
– All-risk Insurance, excess payable OMR 75 for 1 driver
– Mileage per day 250km
– 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 in Muscat City – Extra mileage OMR 0.10 per km via Deposit
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