Cliff Drive

Scenic Drive in Selma Plateau

Near Tiwi, there is a graded track carved out of the rock face that leads to the cliff-hugging village of Qaran at the top of the Eastern Hajar Mountains. The route is strictly 4WD and is not for the faint-hearted, as the last part of the ascent is a near-vertical climb with sharp hairpin bends and no margin for error.

The ascent to the arid Selma Plateau, though, offers fantastic panoramic views of the coastal plain and gives access to the ancient tombs of Jaylah.

Look out for a brown sign to ‘Qaran’ or 'Kbaikab Graveyard and Al Jayla Village' off the Muscat–Sur Hwy, 5km northwest of Wadi Shab, and follow the brown signs. Water, a map, a compass and a full tank of petrol are essential.