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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  • We were somewhat divided, the harsh intervention of humans in nature, but also really excited by some super nice hotels. To see Diana's viewpoint, one must ask at the luxury hotel Anantara to intake, what was but is totally not a problem! The highlight was a strenuous hike in Wadi Bani Habib but. In the empty buildings of the abandoned settlements, uprising refuge was looking for at the end of the 50's the leader of the Jebel Akdat. Necessarily also the rear of watch and don't forget the camera! Shots for the ages! DRIVING CAN YOU PLEASE BEACHTEN-BUT ONLY WITH ALL-WHEEL DRIVE ON THE JEBEL AKHDAR! DUE TO THE STEEP INCLINES ON ASPHALT
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  • you take a 4WD and let yourself loose in the past... ghost villages where the only inhabitants are goats and wild donkes, rose terraces, wild olives, frankincense trees...just be carefull on your way ...  more »
  • 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).
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