Al Afiya ideal for moun­tain climbers

Oman Daily Observer - - INSIDEOMAN -

SAMAYIL: Al Afiya vil­lage, one of the vil­lages of Wadi Bani Rawaha in the Wilayat of Samayil, Gov­er­norate of Al Dakhiliyah, is sur­rounded by moun­tains on all sides, mak­ing it an ideal des­ti­na­tion for moun­tain climbers.

The vil­lage was for­merly known as Al Hama. The vil­lage’s name was changed into Al Afiya to re­flect its beau­ti­ful na­ture. About 400 cit­i­zens live in Al Afiya vil­lage.

One of the most im­por­tant tourist at­trac­tions in the vil­lage is Wadi Al Assi. Dur­ing rains, wa­ter from the moun­tains flood Wadi Al Assi and Al Mesqah. Many tourists flock to the val­ley to spend time in the shade of trees over­look­ing the sides of the val­ley and see the wa­ter fall­ing from the rocks.

The vil­lage is sur­rounded by an old wall that has been de­stroyed due to cli­matic fac­tors. It con­nects three gates. In­side it, there are a num­ber of old houses called “Al Hu­jrah,” which were in­hab­ited by the res­i­dents of the vil­lage, who num­bered no more than 30 cit­i­zens. The houses were de­stroyed, but their re­mains are still present to­day. The vil­lage still has a tall tower that tells the past and present of the vil­lage, as well as the life of the Omani ci­ti­zen over the past years.

Yousef bin Sarhan al Hashami, a res­i­dent of the vil­lage, said: “Al­though the vil­lage of Al Afiya is in moun­tain­ous area and is lo­cated un­der the foot of a moun­tain, it is char­ac­terised by the cul­ti­va­tion of all kinds of dates, lemons, or­anges and man­gos.”

Most vil­lagers raise cat­tle, gather honey and har­vest thyme and wild berries from the moun­tains sur­round­ing the vil­lage. Such prod­ucts are sold in the wilaya mar­ket and neigh­bour­ing mar­kets.

Al Afiya vil­lage is linked by moun­tain roads, one of which leads to the vil­lage of “Al Manakhar” in Ja­bal Al Akhd­har, about 6 hours walk­ing through a se­ries of moun­tains. It is also linked by a short­cut moun­tain road to the vil­lage “Hadash” in Wadi Mastal, one of the vil­lages in the Wilayat of Nakhal. It can be reached in 4 hours on foot.

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