This dramatic, mountainous region is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Oman, and for good reason. The area has spectacular scenery, including Jebel Shams (Oman’s highest mountain), Wadi Ghul (the Grand Canyon of Arabia) and Jebel Akhdar (the fruit bowl of Oman). In addition, some of the country’s best forts can be seen in Nizwa, Bahla and Jabrin.
Many of the sights between Nizwa and Jabrin can be visited on a long day trip from Muscat, and all tour companies in the capital organise such trips. The region deserves more than just a fleeting visit, however, especially if adding 4WD excursions into the mountains.
With a 4WD, an exciting three-day round trip from Muscat can be made via Nizwa, crossing over the mountains from Al Hamra and descending to Rustaq and the Batinah Plain.