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16:09 13-11-2010
Ineke Ebbers
Hallo Jan en familieleden!

Dankjewel voor alle mooie verhalen die wij (on)regelmatig raadplegen en raadpleegden voor waar we ook heen konden gaan naast de trips die we zelf verzonnen of plekken die wij bij toeval ontdekken. Als de site blijft bestaan gaan we daarmee door. Het bos dat jullie laatste bezoekplek was hadden wij eind juli nog bezocht - het was er toen erg druk.....want koel.
We hebben altijd erg genoten van al jullie informatie en wetenswaardigheden. Jammer genoeg zijn jullie uit Oman gepiept op het moment dat wij die maand in NL waren dus bij deze een virtuele hand en schouderklop: het ga jullie goed, waar je ook bent en heen gaat. Het was een genoegen je meegemaakt te hebben in Oman. Wij gaan nog eventjes door - ook met onze site.
Hartelijke groet, Gerard van der Schot & Ineke Ebbers. MQ/SoO
15:29 24-10-2010
Peter Curtis

My name is Peter Curtis and I am from England.

I have set up a tour company operating solely in Omam.

I have picked up your fabulous web site and would like to include it on my site because it is containg such fantastic information.

Hope to hear from you soon.


Geantwoord op: 17:20 24-10-2010

By all means, please do.
We have left Oman in September but with many friends and links we keep in close touch. Enjoy the country and if you need a guide with geological and historical information -covering costs- you know how to contact me.

11:55 29-09-2010
Hallo Familie Schreurs,

Op internet vond ik jullie website met veel informatie over Oman. Prachtige site!
We gaan in oktober ook naar Oman en daarvoor kan ik de geplaatste informatie goed gebruiken.
Toch wil ik je nog iets vragen:
We willen van Nizwa naar Seeb vliegveld rijden en dan de route via Hat en Wadi Bani Awf naar Nakhal en vliegveld rijden. We hebben een 4WD gehuurd(Toyota Landcruiser) maar hebben geen/weinig ervaring met 4WD. Is het mogelijk/verantwoord om deze route te rijden(in oktober) en zoja hoeveel tijd moeten we hiervoor uittrekken als we ook Bilad Sayt willen bezoeken en hier en daar natuurlijk genieten van de mooie route? (We moeten om 22.00 uur op het vliegveld zijn..).
Heb jij nog tips voor onderweg?
Alvast bedankt voor je reactie.
Geantwoord op: 18:54 29-09-2010

Dat kan zeker, maar als er ook maar iets fout gaat en als je de weg krwijtraakt ben je gepiept... Voor iemand die nog nooit een 4WD gereden heeft en de weg niet kent is er wel degelijk een probleem. Als er geen druk van een vliegreis achter zat dan OK. Vrienden van ons kregen recentelijk twee keer een lekke band en misten op een haar na het vliegtuig. Niet goed voor je hart. Die route verdient een rustige aanpak. Met een gids erbij geen probleem. De keus blijft aan jullie. Qua afstand is het geen probleem.



13:22 14-09-2010
Beste fam. Schreurs,

Hierbij een kort woord van dank voor jullie geweldige website: een 'standaardwerk' voor degene die Oman wil verkennen. We hebben 'm de afgelopen twee jaar met regelmaat geraadpleegd voor verhalen, routes en campsites. Succes bleek steevast gegarandeerd!

Heel veel dank!

Dennis Veltkamp, Sohar
05:59 14-09-2010
Melvin K
Hi Jan,

Thank you for an amazing website and 1000's have followed your maps and had great times in Oman.

All the very best for your life on behalf of our gang of adventurers

God Bless & God Speed.
Kamat, Surekha, Pandi, Mukil, Melvin, Shanie, Sateesh, Satish, Sri, Nimalan, Daly
10:48 22-08-2010

I would like to ask a favour. I am impressed with the research you did on Taiq sinkhole which I visited recently. I am wanting to place a geocache ( at this site. I would like permission from you to use your information on the website page regarding Taiq and place a link to your site too.

Thank you
Grant Little
Geantwoord op: 16:21 22-08-2010

Geocaching is fun and can be combined with learning. Please feel free to refer to reference. Good luck


19:09 07-08-2010
All the very best to you and the family for your future life in Holland - a bit of a change from mountains and desert.
Good to see that you still haven't been everywhere in Oman and that there's still some hidden spots that not even you know about! (or maybe you do know that wadi with the beautiful pools and the 20m high waterfall )
Best wishes
14:41 18-07-2010
Usefull information!
I've put a link on
19:10 21-05-2010
The Larmour Family
We wanted to thank you very much for a wonderfully infomative guide - we used your website and your references many times on a recent road trip from Abu Dhabi to Salalah and back again. Many people we know have been interested in our trip so we have recommended it to them and also mentioned on our blog Kirsty Larmour Blog - we really appreciate you sharing the knowledge you've gained over your years of living in Oman.
Thank you,
The Larmour Family - Kirsty, Tommy, Saffy and Indy
11:55 22-04-2010
Ineke Ebbers
Hi Jan,
thanks again for an interesting story re Wadi Baw. We compared it with our recent Harassi trip, guided by a local Harassi guide (Luti) last December and found we just touched the northern tip of your Wadi Baw (7 kms in between). Fantastic area!

Re your polution remark: we are also sad to find so many plastic bags, most of the time filled with carbage as a proof of 'we had a nice barbecue and this is the proof of it.' A lot of westeners don't know how vegetables grow but they do know plastic bags grow in Omani trees. The government place signs how to keep Oman clean, however, might I get RO 1/-- for every piece of carbage I see thrown out of a car window, I should be rich. Thanks to the Asian cleaners some roads are kept clean anyway. We quite often meet Omanis cleaning up their lunch/dinner carbage, they all place it in a plastic bag, and we say to each other: yeah - they learn! Unfortunately there it stops. They leave the full plastic bags just under the trees - quite nice for foxes, birds, goats to try to reopen the bag and litter the environment even worse. So quite often we return home with more materials than packed ourselves, just to throw away these full plastic bags in the carbage container in Medinat Qaboos..... It makes us terribly angry and a lot of beautiful sports are terribly destroyed and just a carbage belt! We are supporting your struggle.
08:48 24-03-2010
Hamad Al Shuaily
Kindly I would like to thank you for the enormous and great efforts you and your family spend in preparing this website, it is very useful. I have noticed that in most places I visited I did not cover everything mentioned in your site. In future I will be using this as guide.
Thank you and all the best,
Geantwoord op: 14:25 24-03-2010

Hi Hamad,
Thanks for the nice words. If I miss anything tell me as well.

06:11 23-03-2010
Hi Jan,
Found your report on visit to Khasbar very interesting. It reminded me I had an article written about it already. So I've updated it and made reference to the cave paintings you visited. All the best on your exploration of Dhofar. Hope you go back again soon!
See for details.
Geantwoord op: 15:19 23-03-2010

Hi Ross,
Thanks for the interesting reference. The most complete description that I have come across. I now even more regret not having had the time to walk a bit further. Included your link on my story. This is what they call fully cross-referenced now. Great stuff and thanks. Jan

09:22 27-12-2009
Hi Jan
first of all thank you for creating this site , i have been following your trip for some time now and it has give me good idea for camping during Eid and other holidays.

i have noticed that you change the GPS units in some of your trips.
e.g. N21 01 58.9 E57 42 08.4 (hddd*mm'ss.s"
N22 46.068 E58 00.521 (hdddd.ddddd)
22° 26' 28.2559" N - 56° 43' 13.0124" E (GWS 84 Lat/Lon, decimal seconds)
it gets a bit confusing to find the right unit on the GPS , the first e.g. N21 01 58.9 E57 42 08.4 is the most common unit used ( i think) i have a Gramin 60CSx. so i would really appropriate if you guide me on how to use the other coordinates on my GPS (specially the last coordinates).and by any chance if you have used the Oman Off-Road explorer the units/format used are not easy to read, what is the best way to read/Convert them to hdddd.ddddd or hddd*mm'ss.s"

Geantwoord op: 05:33 28-12-2009

Hi Yasser,
I am sure you can change the coordinate options in your Garmin 60CSx. Just read the manual carefully. It can cope with "decimal" coordinates. I would recommend that anyhow because you also need to understand what coordinate system you are using. If I report UTM coordinates they are always with reference to the WGS 84 projection, but you may find others reporting with reference to the "Oman" grid. The differences can be up to several kilimetres in South Oman. A GPS is nice, but you have to ensure you know how to use it and not always blindly trust it. The Offroad explorer explains very well about such coordinate system (there is a little dedicated chapter on page XIV). They report UTM (WGS 84 projection) as well as GEO coordinates. Currently I report mostly in Google Earth format (you must have seen a special page on my website with all that stuff). Even Google Earth allows imput in different ways (look at "Tools" and next "Option" selct 3D View Tab and you will see the selectionof different Lat/Long options.
Hope this helps


23:01 21-12-2009
Hello Jan
Are you intrested in amking Garmin aroutable map of your poi's & Tracks? I'm in map developing business and recently I launched a 3d Topo Map for Garmin GPS which covers UAE & Oman.
Geantwoord op: 05:41 22-12-2009

Not sure, most of the stuff is already on Google Earth and I already have a Garmin map road map covering Oman (way beyond that is loaded in the navigation maps that Garmin is selling and is only useful in Greater Muscat Area). Roads in Oman are rapidly changing and to cover whole of Oman is not an easy task.

08:04 18-11-2009
Yuri Gijselman
Hallo Jan,

Ik zie dat jullie nog steeds elke maand trips maken.

Ik heb nog niet echt een off road club gevonden die zo vaak gaan als jullie. Is het dan ook mogelijk om eens met jullie mee te gaan?

Ik heb op het moment een 1994 Toyota 4Runner, heb al eens in woestijn gereden en vaker Jabal Shams, Jabal Akhdar en Salmah plateau.

Ik hoor het wel.


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