Falaj Daris Hotel
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... can move
when she wants to!
In case the Sayk
plateau and Jabal Akhdar don't come up to my high camping standards I
divert up Wadi Mudayin, a pleasant wide river bed with towering
cliffs on either side – no escape here if there are flash floods.
It's a short and easy drive ending in a palm plantation and a small
village. Yes, there are camping possibilities if all else ...
... Health and safety has
not caught on thankfully otherwise there would be no walk. I meet two
other couples otherwise I have the place all to myself. It is
The path is narrow
clambering over rocks and gently making its way downwards. I realize
how much I have descended on my way back! The course of the canyon
makes its way around bends and unfolds ever more dramatic vistas.
Finally I arrive at group of ...
... it's Eid I guess everbody will be making
the most of the last two days.
From our vantage
point in the village overlooking the plain below we spot a football
pitch and decide that's our campsite for the night. And so it is. As
we start to set up the tents the most fantastic thunderstorm
approaches further down the wadi. We got a few drops and welcomed it
like proper Omanis. Then another storm comes ...
Arrived at Muscat Airport at 4 am (3 am for me with time difference), and stepped outside into a steam bath! Condensation water dropping from the parked cars, and clouds of water vapour in the air. Hooked on the internet in the hotel lobby before starting to the tour to Nizwa at 7:45... most of the car drive I missed because I was sooo tired! But the Forts were beautiful!
The last Sultan isolated ...
... houses that is Misfah Old House, surrounded by date palms, bananas & papaya...and everywhere the sound of cascading water running down the falaj (the irrigation channels). I was formally welcomed by 5 staff (water, Omani coffee & more delicious local dates) then shown to my room (simple, small but adequate; on a corner so should catch whatever cross breeze is going; mat on floor). Went for an exploratory village walk as light fell.....wonderful twisting narrow ...