Wadi Al Khoudh is somewhere that has been on my ‘places to visit’ list for a while now and when I saw it featured in this weeks Y Magazine I decided to finally make the trip ad see it for myself. The main lure for me wanting to visit is that it was only 20-30 mins drive from the city and doesn’t require an all day trip.
As the summer heat is just around the corner I was sure to leave home bright and early to avoid the midday sun. There was no way that my four legged friend, Penny, was going to let me go without her. I packed us some snacks and water and we hopped in the car headed off in search of Wadi Al Khoudh.
Arriving just after 7.30am the temperature was already at 33 degrees, thankfully a warm but refreshing breeze kept us from overheating as we parked the car and headed down onto the valley floor on foot to explore.
This Wadi is a popular spot for swimmers and day trippers all year round due to its accessibility and clean, cool pools of water. The word “Khoudh” means Wade in Arabic. Even a this time on a weekend there were people splashing and cooling off in the water, so it’s not just us crazy dog walkers up at this time.
Coming across the first pool of water Penny wasted no time and jumped straight in. Splashing in water really is when she is at her happiest in life.
There hasn’t been rain for several weeks now so the water pools aren’t as full as they would be in the winter, the ground is dry and cracked with dehydration. Still there in plenty of greenery hanging onto life in the scorching sunshine.
We still managed to spot plenty of fish swimming happily in the clear waters.
Oman really is a beautiful and interesting place to live, especially if you are a bit of a wildlife and landscape geek like me 🙂
Exploring new place is always fun with my doggy friend.
When Penny had enough fun she let me know that it was time to go home by sitting by the truck and giving me that beady eyed look.
As we left the temperature was up to 40 degrees, I’m glad that we set off on our adventures early!
Although Wadi Al Khoudh was a perfectly charming place, it didn’t dazzle me this time. I get the feeling that this place would be worth a second visit after the rains when the rivers and flowing and there is more wildlife buzzing about.
Directions- Drive out of Muscat city on Route 15 ‘Nizwa Road’, Turn off at the sign for Sultan Quaboos University, Pass the university campus on your right and keep driving until you reach a roundabout, Take left and follow signs for Al Khoudh village, Drive straight through the village passing the mosque, keep going until the road ends and you see the car park on your right. You can park and walk down onto the valley floor or a 4×4 is required to drive into the valley itself.
GPS coordinates; N23.33.33 E58.06.36