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deep with the fjords of Musandam the towering mountains create magnificent scenery to travel though on a Dhow

Oman covers an area of a similar size to Britain or Italy so distance are large. In the north the Musandam peninsula has, what have been called, the Fjords or Arabia. These are most inlets surrounded by mountains are most spectacular when seen from the sea. Here are the Indo Pacific Humpbacked Dolphin and a vast range of sea birds. The fjords have some sheltered places to swim and enjoy the fish and coral.

               
Jagged mountains and dramatic views are one of the rewards of travelling though the northern mountains, in late summer another is the harvest of Pomegranate

The chain of mountains that continue from the Musandam Peninsula to beyond Sur have helped create the flood plain of the Batina which ends at the Sea of Oman. Deep valleys called wadis cut through the mountains and high above is the plateau of Jebel Akhdar with its agricultural fields where Pomegranate and Rose grow and the serrated peak of Jebel Shams. The Northern Mountain themselves are formed from Limestone and Ophiolite and rise to around 3,000meters. Here snow occasionally falls and the cool air make the region a great place to enjoy walks in. We especially enjoy the agricultural areas of Jebel Akhdar which offer spectacular views and a chance during late summer to buy fresh Pomegranates from the farmers.

               
Fortifications abound in Oman, the most acclaimed encircle the northern mountains

Below the mountain peaks are some of the oldest settlements in Oman. The towns of Nizwa and Bahla with its great UNESCO fort are well known. The villages and towns are surrounded by date oasis where the palms shelter lime,  banana and papaya fruits. Look for an occasional flash of blue wings as an Indian Roller flys past.

               
Both the sand deserts in Oman, the Rub al Khali and Wahiba Sands have different characters, the Rub al Khali is imposing while the Wahiba Sands is more intimate and varied – choose either for a memorable visit

Beyond the mountains stretch the two deserts of Oman, the vast Empty Quarter which is a key element in Wilfred Thesiger's book Arabian Sands. We have traveled through many of the places he visited and in many cases they are still remote from any where. The other desert, the Wahiba Sands, with its undulating linear dunes is less austere and it is one of the most popular destinations we include on our tours.

               
the sands of the Wahiba cascade down into the Arabian Sea over aeolianite sand which means the coast line changes almost daily

The Wahiba Sands spill at their southern end into the Arabian Sea. The coast stretches north to reach the mountains around the town of Sur which has a history of ocean going trade. Many of the beaches are soft white sand. To the south the low coastline ends abruptly when it meets the cliffs of Dhofar's  Jebel Samhan.

               
The varied mountain landscape in Dhofar includes spectacular sea cliffs and other escarpment which rise vertically several hundred meters

Jebel Samhan forms the eastern extension of the Dhofar Mountains which arc around the town of Salalah and continue on to the Yemen border which we feel, create one of the most spectacular ranges in Oman, as the cliffs drop hundreds of meters into the sea. In summer the central ranges are enveloped in the monsoon mists and enable a magical land of green to develop, which is quite different from the southern edge of the Empty Quarter only a hundred kilometers away.

               
               
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