Along the edge of Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest mountain, the cliffs drop a thousand metres exposing dramatic scenery justly nicknamed the Oman Grand Canyon. Wadi Ghul, as it is called by locals, is a masterpiece of nature, yet still relatively unknown.
- Oman is situated in the Middle East to the east of UAE and Saudi Arabia.
- Driving to the Oman Grand Canyon requires a 4×4 vehicle. We were pleased to have a driver on the often steep, narrow, and harrowing roads. Although it is less than 90km from Nizwa, the drive takes nearly two hours.
- The drive from Muscat to Nizwa is also almost 2 hours, making the total trip to the Grand Canyon about four hours from Muscat. I loved Nizwa and would recommend a stop at both the souq and Nizwa fort, even on a day trip.
- Jebel Shams is also called the Mountain of the Sun and peaks at just over 3km from sea level. It is part of the Jebel Akhdar Mountain range.
- Our entry to this Middle Eastern country was a bit more dramatic than we had hoped, but it all turned out okay in the end. Later we witnessed rare desert flooding.
- We visited in 2012. This article is part of a throwback series inspired by rediscovering my photos after moving 40k to Lightroom.
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