Jebel Akhdar, Nizwa

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Take a drive up to Jebel Akhdar, a scenic part of the Al Hajar mountain range. The mountainous area doesn't appear green at first glance, surprising hikers exploring its higher parts with a labyrinth of dry riverbeds and terraces that harbor lush gardens and fruit orchards. You'll need a 4WD to get up to the plateau, but when you reach the verdant area surrounded by rocky cliffs, you can enjoy picturesque views of the terrace farms and tiny villages, known for their prized pomegranates, apples, roses, and other plants that thrive here. To visit Jebel Akhdar and other attractions in Nizwa, use our Nizwa journey maker tool .
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  • Very nice area to explore. Prior to driving up the mountains your car is checked by the ROP, directly after the check point there is a visitor center which is worth paying a visit. Highlights in this ...  more »
  • This is must do - no doubt! A second largest canyon after Arizona.. it's beautiful and head starts spinning when looking down. Don't cheap out in the car - 4x4 is required, and not a toy jeap but a se...  more »
  • If you are in Oman, Jebel Akhdar is an itinerary must. Leg oppressive, no wonder dassOmanis so love it!
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  • Nice place to visit. We can enjoy pleasant mountain safari. Variety and plenty of fruits are planted in their house. Step down to enjoy wadi. Water flow is available only in rainy season. The farm we enjoyed completely well maintained. Carry necessary eatables and water. Many small, small villages are there.
  • The Jebel Akhar, Jabal Akhdar or Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Arabic: الجبل الأخضر‎ meaning "the Green Mountain"), is part of the Al Hajar Mountains range in Ad Dakhiliyah Governorate of Oman. It extends about 300 km (186 mi) northwest to southeast, between 50–100 km (31–62 mi) inland from the Gulf of Oman coast, and is one of Oman’s most spectacular areas. The highest point is around 3,000 metres (around 9,800 ft) high. This mostly limestone mountain is the highest point in Oman and the whole of eastern Arabia. Jebel Akhdar forms the central section of the Al Hajar Mountains range, and is located around 150 km (93 mi) from Muscat. The range is mostly desert, but at higher altitudes receives around 300 mm (12 in) of precipitation annually — moist enough to allow the growth of shrubs and trees and support agriculture. It is this that gives the mountains their "green" name. Terraces of the Jebal Akhdar An old stronghold on the inland side of the mountain is Birkat al-Mawz, or Pool of the Plantains, with a layout similar to the nearby Jabrin palace. "Poised across the yawning mouth of a great pass into the mountains, Birkat al-Mawz was one of the fortresses of the Bani Riyam tribe which controlled the mountain heartland. Collapsing into ruin until recently, the mud-brick fortress and its painted ceilings are now well on the way to restoration." The area is about a 45-minute drive from Nizwa and is known for its traditional rose water extraction and agricultural products including pomegranates, walnuts, apricots, black grapes and peaches. It is also the site of honey bee breeding for much of Oman. Agricultural production is improved by the use of Falaj irrigation channels and their associated terraces system devised by the local farmers, who have lived on this mountain for hundreds of years. The Jebel is mostly inhabited by the ancient Arab tribe Bani Riyam (al Riyamy).
  • Beautiful place, must visit for anyone in Oman. Beware, you must have a 4WD to drive into the mountain. Again, hiring a 4WD with an experienced driver is the best, to avoid any issues during driving whatsoever
  • A great place for holiday and picnics
  • Great vie you have to go on winter the weather is so cool 😍
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