The old capital of Nizwa is famed for its impressive fort, traditional souq and the wonderful bustling livestock market on Fridays, which is always full of vibrant characters.
Eleanor, Original Traveller
If you can tear yourself away from the immaculate five star hotels on the Muscat coast, the country splits neatly into three categories - mountains, deserts and coastline - a combination of which makes for a memorable safari in a comfortable 4x4 with a knowledgeable driver/guide. We can even arrange a self-drive safari if that's of interest.
Why we think you’ll love it
- It means an early start, but on a Friday morning wander around the famous animal market in Nizwa.
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The magnificent Western Hajar range runs along the coastline of northern Oman in total contrast to the flat and featureless scrubland of the UAE to the west. Where there are mountains there are wadis, and Oman has some of the most dramatic of these gorges in the world, and massive canyons too - a haven for adrenalin junkies looking to climb, abseil or tackle some of the best via ferrata in the world. The drive through Wadi Bani Awf, the main route through the Hajars to the city of Nizwa is particularly impressive.If you arrive in Nizwa on a Thursday so you can get up early on Friday and wander around the famous animal market which starts at dawn.
Visit the famous fort at Nakhl, perched spectacularly on a rocky prominence, before heading deep into the mountains, passing the towering cliffs that mark the beginning of Snake Canyon and the photogenic village of Bilad Seit before heading and up and over Jebel Shams.