EX­PLOR­ING WADI DARBAT

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Camels, cows and crys­tal clear rivers. That’s what you’ll find in Wadi Darbat. A short 20-minute drive from Oman’s dusty her­itage town Taqah and up into the Dho­far Moun­tains, Wadi Darbat is Salalah’s most trea­sured at­trac­tion, es­pe­cially dur­ing kha­reef. Peo­ple travel from all across the re­gion to ex­plore this mighty val­ley, cut deep into the moun­tain range.

As you wind along the town’s roads to­wards the wadi, the tem­per­a­ture drops to a cool 24 de­grees, and the land­scape changes from a desert plain to a green oa­sis. Grassy fields slope off into a fresh­wa­ter river filled with fam­i­lies rid­ing ped­a­los, while, over on the other side of the bank, cows graze on the bushy hill­side.

It’s as if you’re in the heart of Europe’s coun­try­side, rather than the south­ern tip of Oman – the only re­minders are the pic­nick­ers loung­ing around in na­tional dress, the camels graz­ing next to the cows, and the smell of freshly made fe­teer waft­ing from the street ven­dors near the banks of the river. All of this can be wti­nessed dur­ing kha­reef be­tween June and Septem­ber.

Chilly evenings in Salalah

Wadi Darbat

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