Mountains and wadis of the southern governorate of Oman. Spend two days exploring Wadi Haina, Ayn Tobruk, Tawi Atayr and Khaf Tayq sinkholes.
It is Khareef time! Get ready to be ‘aw’ed by Salalah’s wadis, mountains and sinkholes.
The first day of the adventure starts with a hike in Wadi Hinna. The wadi is a jungle, home to exotic trees like Frankincense and Baobab trees. You did read it right! - Baobabs grow there. You have got to see them for yourself, with the largest one in the area having 15m thick (in diameter) and 30m high trunk. Keep up with the instructor to spot delicate weaver birds nests, frankincense trees and so much more.
For lunch, we make a quick transfer to Tawi Atair, a 210m deep sinkhole famous for its diverse bird life. The walk to the viewpoint is stunning, this is a perfect place to relax, trying to spot the birds. You have a chance to see Yemen Serin, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle to name a few.
In the afternoon, feel like an Indiana Jones trying to decipher hidden meaning in ancient drawings and old Arabic writings, scrambling through ancient sites and, if we are lucky, enjoying the springs that feed wadi Darbut.
Tired and excited we make a transfer to the hotel for a relaxing evening in cool temperatures with an occasional rain.
The next morning we wake up with sunrise, fuel ourselves with breakfast and get ready to conquer the largest sinkhole in the region, Tayq Khaf. It is so big, it hard to take in and steep walls seem impossible to descend. Follow your instructor through a hidden route to the bottom of the sinkhole, enjoy stunning views from the best angles and explore the wildlife. The route is steep and exposed at places, a head for heights is definitely required. We break for lunch at the bottom of the bowl, look for the lost caves and start heading back. The way up makes us work a little bit harder, as we have got to climb all the way back out to where the cars are parked. This adventure is challenging both physically and mentally, but the views and experience are way worth it!
Our journey is over and we head back to the airport to catch a flight back home.
See you next time!
Fly in on Thursday night, we will pick you up at the airport and drop-off at the hotel for a good night’s rest. The next morning is an early start. We will be leaving the hotel at nice and early as we head to explore the jungle wadis, sinkhole and ancient caves before settling down for a night under the stars. The next day is an intense day exploration of the Tayq Khaf that allows us to catch a 4 pm flight back to Muscat.