Traveling around - Be prepared - responsibility disclaimer
Travelling through a desert requires proper preparation.
Health Warning: a number of these tours go into uninhabited desert with soft sands and sabkha (salt marsh). Never travel in these areas alone and prepare yourself properly.
Responsibility disclaimer: I do not have any responsibility for people getting into trouble following the routes published on this website.
The desert is an unforgiving environment. It looks easy from a modern air-conditioned 4WD car, but if that fails you are back to basics.
People have died and will die without precautions.
This list is not exhaustive. Check the links at the bottom.
To push the message even more home:
This happens too often. Most people get away with it, but some do not. There is that couple found dead a couple of years ago in a game-park in Africa with two small children dead and strapped in the car yet with 20 litres of water in jerry cans. It appears they had been stuck several times, had to change tires, got exhausted, overheated, passed out and died. The small children in the back, solidly strapped, had no chance.
Do not take chances with mother nature in an uninhabited desert area. Respect nature and she will respect you.
Please note that most of the Huqf area is part of the Oryx Sanctuary, since 1990 a Unesco World Heritage Site. Access to the area requires permission of the Oman's Directorate General of Nature Conservation.
Where ever you go protect wildlife, plants and trees:
Useful websites explaining about off-road driving.
Please note that all give the same message: be prepared and do not underestimate what can go wrong
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@ J. Schreurs 03/11/09