These two wide and luscious wadis meander along the western base of the Eastern Hajar Mountains and provide a fascinating alternative route between Muscat and Sur. A 4WD is needed to navigate the off-road sections, which invariably involve fording water. The picture of rural wadi life that unfolds as you meander through the spectacular mountain scenery is a highlight. There are numerous plantations and small villages in these wadis and sensitivity is needed when driving through.
Near the point where Wadi Kabbah runs into Wadi Tayein is the village of Tool. Tool is also the gateway to Wadi Dayqah; you can park outside the village and wade across the wadi entrance. Deep pools invite a swim but don’t for a minute think you’re alone – the steep ravine is a favourite with silent-walking shepherds. Tool lies 10km east of the town of Mehlah, at the end of the sealed road through Wadi Tayein.