Tag Archive | Western Hajar

Birkat al Mauz

A quiet little place that is bypassed by many tourists in favour of the mountain road right next to the village, that leads up to Jebel Akhdar. The village is Birkat al Mauz, and it must next on the list outside Muscat for an intriguing history. The original village of Birkat stood on the side […]

A Room with The View

Right before the skies blackened and the winds howled, we had a gentle sunset and a few beers. That didn't last too long though, sometime after 10pm, the stars slowly disappeared behind a black mass of cloud. It was around then that we battened down the hatches and secured ourselves inside the tent to await […]

Bahla’s Old Town

Taking a walk through Bahla's old town, you'd think it deserted long ago, but then out of a small alley walks a local Omani woman carrying a washing basket on her head in the midday heat. Whether she has walked from a more populated area behind the crumbling houses settled next to Bahla's old fort, […]

The Chains

Easter weekend meant that I had four days to play with, and having spent a day relaxing around Al Qurum Park and the beach, I felt the need to find a new wadi. North from Muscat lies Wadi Hawasinah, a short drive from the coastal road. The drive brings you closer back towards the mountain […]

The Mystery of Snake Canyon

Was it worth the wait? Hell yes! I'd wanted to go down Snake Canyon since first picking up the guide book over 18 months ago, even before I'd arrived in Oman. Another bonus was that to get there, we needed to go down Wadi Bani Awf once again, somewhere that I will never get bored […]

The Well Fortified Wadi Al Hawqayn

February bypassed me in Oman. We spent two weeks elsewhere in the middle of the month and then had a weekend after the holiday to recover (!), leaving us then in March! So, after a short Hiatus, I went back on the road. It had been a while since I'd explored anywhere new in the […]

Another look at Wadi Bani Awf…

On our first attempt to traverse Wadi Bani Awf back in November, we realised that we'd taken the wrong route when it was a bit too late to turn back. Now, that wasn't a bad thing; it turned out that taking the wrong turning meant a beautiful drive over a high pass in Wadi Bani […]