Also known as the Beehive Tombs. A whole cluster of houses and a necropolis, that form the most complete collection of protohistoric settlements and necropolises in the world. It consists of several structures scattered around a large area. The first contains the tombs of the end of the 4th millennium BC, and the second extends to the river terraces of Wadi Al-Kheir. In the settlement zone, there are five towers, one of which has been fully excavated. Along with the archaeological sites in Al Khutm and Al Ayn, these are one of the four Omani sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The necropolis at Bat is about 30 minutes drive from Ibri. You may combine your visit there by exploring other archaeological sites at Al Khutm and Al Ayn, in addition to checking out Wadi Dhum and Ibri Castle.
One of the most spectacular freshwater valleys in the region. Fancy cliff diving? The cliff walls in this valley rise 100 meters above ground. it is located on the eastern part of Ibri. Being on the route to Jabal Shams, usually it is nice as a rest point. However, the valley is characterized by ancient inscriptions and writings on the rocks that worth exploration. So Hike on!
It is one of four historic fortresses situated at the foot of Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar, and the only fort in the country to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The walls extend for several kilometers and are said to have been designed 600 years ago by a female architect from the Bani Nebhan tribe. It includes many towers, mosques, and wells. The compound of the fort is massive and can easily take two or three hours to explore. The surrounding mud-brick settlement is a fine example of a Medieval Islamic community organised around a falaj irrigation system. Certainly deserves a good walk with a ready camera . The fort is in a perfect spot between different destinations. Its surrounding settlement makes a nice stop to shop for camping supplies on your way to ……….
It is the highest mountain in Oman, according to Omani authorities. It is situated in the Western Hajar Mountain chain in Al-Dakhiliyah, which also hosts Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar. It is best known for the viewpoint over Al Nakhr Canyon, which is popularly known as the Grand Canyon of Arabia. The flat canyon rims expose a vertical cliff of 1000m and more. Jabal Shams offers various activities that suits almost everyone. It is a nice place for some short walks or long hikes. There are so many viewpoints and lots of photography chances as you head up to the peak. Sab Bani Khamees is an abandoned village that worth visiting. The old structure of the houses and the wells are all intact and can give you a good idea of how people survived in this remote area. Not far there is also a hidden lake and a spring that comes out of the rocks. The mountain offers all level of hiking tracks and via ferrata climbing. We can help organise some small challenges of very safe mountain climbing. When you get tired, or if it is time to camp for the night, it is never difficult to find a camping spot with a viewpoint. Yet , if you are looking for less natural comfort, there are some hotels available.
Al-Nakjher Village & Wadi Al-Hajar
And old hirtage vilige used to be a houses for ppl living here but stayed long time here. This valley is considered a vital artery of one of the most important valleys of the Wilayat of Al Hamra as it directly affects the reservoir of groundwater. It feeds the Wadi Ghul dam, which is the most important dam in the Governorate of A’Dakhiliyah, serving a number of wilayats, including the Wilayats of Nizwa and Bahla, as well as being the main feeder of Falaj Al Hamra “water channel or ancient irrigation system” descends from the tops of Jabal Shams. Wadi Al Nakhr is one of the deepest valleys in the Sultanate due to its geographical characteristics. The fault in the tops of Jabal Shams is considered to be the most important source of water for it where the valleys flow into this fault that form Wadi Al Nakhr.
Al Hoota Cave is located at the foot of Jabal Shams. Geologists estimate it is over 2 million years old. It is embellished with stalactites and stalagmites, that form unique figures and formations. You are sure to spot the Chinese cat, the old man and the famous lion’s head. Those natural sculptures are formed within an array of Colours, ranging from stark white-gold calcium deposits to the dull reds and pale pinks of magnesium. The cave contains a rich ecosystem that includes two lakes and it houses over 100 living species. The total length of the cave is around 4.5km, of which 500m is open for tourists. he tour inside the cave is about 45 minutes.
Wadi Al-Sahtin in Al Rustaq, is famous for its water springs, coming from the top of the mountains. It is full of green orchards, Jujube and Acacia trees and vivid with honey-bee farms. As the locals name it, it is the “ Mandus “ of Oman; the historical chest where all the valuables are preserved. In the past, Al Rustaq was a focal trade point between Al Rustaq, Al Jabal Al Akhdhar and Al Batinah coast. And till now the villagers foster many traditional industries, such as spinning, weaving, swords and daggers making, in addition to frond industries. The villages of Wadi Al Sah’tin also include many historic towers, forts and ancient archaeological inscriptions that dates back to the third millennium BC.
Nizwa is a popular weekend destination for people living in Muscat, as it is a short 2 hr drive from Muscat and offers great nature experiences. It lies at the foot of Al Jabal Al Akhdar, full of rivers, orchards and palm trees. Nizwa was once the capital of Oman. Its fort, bestows high-walled chambers and is dominated by a huge central tower. It dates to 1668. Long before that, Nizwa was renowned as a center of Islamic teaching, and it consequently boasts some of the best of Oman’s early mosques. The city was a strategic point on the caravan route and today it has one of the oldest markets in the country. On the outskirts of the city is Falaj Daris, one of five gravity-led irrigation systems which are collectively listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The green Mountain is terraces of greenery. An early morning walk through the ancient villages of Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar offers you a fresh view of the abundant orchards and rose plantings. Beside a variety of fruit orchards, Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar is known for the Damask roses that cover the slopes in large swaths of pink throughout April and May. These roses are distilled to make the famous Omani rose water.The beauty does not limit the activities you can make here to morning walks and nature gazing. Young explorers have their own butterfly Trail, to learn about the mountain and its inhabitants, look for fossils, and spot butterflies and birds. While adventurous older tourists can test their climbing skills up the Via Ferrata or the mountain routes equipped with fixed wire cables, metal rungs and ladders. The new via ferrata mountain climbing route is the highest in the Middle East.
Long before oil, Omanis had built an empire that stretched down Africa’s east coast to Zanzibar. Many will tell you that the Queen of Sheba had her palace in Oman, and that Sinbad the Sailor set sail from one of its ancient ports. Could it be Musandam’s? The Musandam Peninsula is dubbed the ‘Norway of Arabia’ for its beautiful khors (rocky inlets), small villages and dramatic, mountainous roads. The high mountains in this region rise for more than two thousand meters above sea level. Excursions in boats and traditional ships are unforgettable, while diving fans would definitely enjoy the clear water with its beautiful coral reefs and clans of dolphins. Separated from the rest of Oman by the east coast of the UAE, and guarding the southern side of the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. The eccentric cultural amalgam in this area is interesting, and Archaeological sites are also abound.
An ancient village located 1000 meters high in the middle mountain of Al-Hamra. Five kilometers away from the center of the town, it can be traversed via a paved road crossing Al-Hajar mountain range. However, Hiking to the village is much more interesting for skilled hikers. It requires great effort and fitness. Some of the narrow passages can only accommodate one foot and some of the rocks that overlooks the cliff are slippery. The town is famous for its ancient archaeological buildings, which looks like part of the mountain. They are built from stones attached with a special mixture of clay. The most famous house is Al-Baytain House, which is estimated to be about 200 years old. To add the magnificence of the place, it is surrounded by Palm farms and orchards of banana trees, mango, lemon and pomegranate.
When Red bull chose a place for its Cliff Diving Finals, it was Wadi Shab! Less than 2 hours drive from Muscat, this valley is popular for its beautiful sceneries. Vehicles are not allowed past the parking area. We will hike for about 45 minutes along palm groves and rocky cliffs, that won’t fail to amaze you with its , clear pools with birds and flowers on the corners all year round, lush terraced plantations and ending with vivid water falls inside the submerged cave.
It is one of the most beautiful sinkholes in Oman. Located in the village of the mist Al-Dabab Village, in the Al-Qaryat, about an hour and a half drive from Muscat. And as if the name of the village is not mysterious enough, the stories told about the name of the sinkhole and how it was formed is also foggy. The natives say that the Dahl was formed by a meteor that fell in this region, cracking a segment that reaches up to the Sea of Oman, which is only about 500 meters away. Whether the legend is true or not, the place deserves the name. It is circular in shape, with a diameter of about 50 meters, and a depth of 25 meters. So many visitors find it a very good opportunity to dive and swim in its clear waters, and among the trees and plants around it.
Known as the Wadi of the nine villages. Approximately 160 kms from Muscat. It provides a unique off-road experience, yet it has great hiking routes, which villagers prefer visitors would do. The first route would take you through the narrow streets of Mibam village and down into the Wadi. At the end of the hike you reach a pristine crystal clear pool surrounded by palm trees and huge wadi cliffs. The other side of the pool is Mibam waterfall. There is a good opportunity for abseiling activity, up the waterfall area and back towards the village. For the more rehearsed hikers, there is a two-day hike that begins at Sooee, the last of the nine villages.
Sab Bani Khameis
People abandoned this fascinating village place after a dam closed off their water supply. Imagine a rocky ledge, no more than thirty meters wide, and with a deadly drop to the depths of the grand canyon of Arabia. That’s where Sab bani Khameis is located. The houses here are about 300 years old. Surrounded by high cliffs and a waterfall valley. There are terraces where they managed to grow crops and orchards. It makes for a great hike.
This Valley cuts through one of the largest and deepest grottoes of the eastern mountain plateau . The region is characterized by the presence of many deep ponds and Waterfalls that adorn the background of four villages surrounded with orchards of palm trees, banana, lemon and mango. It is irrigated via the ancient Aflaj water system. The valley is a model of Omani traditions and customs and is well known for authentic handicrafts, based on the environmental components of the place.
Wadi Bani Awf
An Excellent place for various activities, hiking, abseiling, camping, you name it. This valley is also known as the Snake’s Gorge, in reference to the twisted road leading to it.
It’s a link between Al-Dakhiliyah and southern Al-Batinah. Located in the state of Rustaq, on a mountainous road famous for its fruit orchards and honey farms. The largest of these the villages on this road is Balad Seet, with its unique terrace view over the valley and high cliffs. The honey production is considered the best in Oman, due to the abundance of Acacia trees and green pastures. During the rainy season, water flows to the valley from 9 other terrains known for heavy rain. The natives are also known for excellence in handicrafts and dairy products. Nearby we shall visit also Ain Kesfah, a sulfurous water spring with man made basins.
With the ruins of Al Hoqain fort dominating the background, before a lush green carpet of by sprawling date plantations, Wadi Al-Hoqain features a historical mosaic of nature. Wadi Al-Hoqain in Al-Rustaq cuts through the heart of Al-Hoqain village before it descends down on rocky steps forming natural waterfall 10 meters high. It is one of the places in Oman with the biggest concentration of mineral springs. Where are Omani residents, be sure you will find a construction of Aflaj ! The main one here is Falaj al Siyadhi which is the main source of irrigation to the surrounding plantations of wheat, beans, sugarcane, and henna. A perfect place for a soft hike and a cool swim, and mounts of spectacular nature photography. Al-Hoqain fort is just a big flag pointing out the abundant history hidden between the green sceneries and the water springs. The ancient Omanis made a good job camouflaging their heritage to melt with its surrounding nature. The hidden tunnels will drive us to ancient rock art featuring horsemen with spears, and some of the oldest archaeological sites from the pre-Islamic era, as well as, hidden tunnels leading to small caves of a mining industry that once nourished in the region.