Dhofar Excursions

Dhofar region lies in the extreme south of Oman. It is bordered by Al Wusta region in the east, the Arabian sea to the south, The south is also home to the enormous and mysterious Empty Quarter, the largest sand sea in the world and the site of Wilfred Thesiger's epic journeys with the nomadic Bedouin the Republic of  Yemen in the south west and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia across the empty quarter of Al Rub Al Khali in the north-west.

It has a population of 189.000 over an area of 100,000 sq. km and is divided into 9 wilayats. Salalah is the administrative capital with all modem facilities.

Dhofar region is climactically different from the rest of Oman due to the effects of the monsoon rains which occur between the months of June to September. The temperature is moderate, rarely exceeding 30 C. The rains affect part of the coastal plain and highland mountain area.

The rains create an abundance of water and humidity, giving life to flora and fauna which makes the area outstandingly beautiful, during and immediately after the monsoon. Clouds and mist shroud the mountains. Springs and waterfalls gush forth ,cows, camels and goats graze and many migratory birds are attracted to the area. mountain wadis reach the sea are many splendid lagoons, known as khawrs.

They are popular places to visits as they attract wildlife, in particular many exotic birds. The khawrs provide resting and feeding places for migratory birds, moving between Africa and Europe. Flamingo, ibis, coots, herons, egrets and many other varieties can be seen.

The fertile Salalah plain has a plentiful supply of water from freshwater wells and natural springs, originating in the mountain foothills and running via stream to the plain.

Agriculture thrives with bananas, coconuts, papaya, sugar cane, cereal and animal fodder crops. The latter are most important in view of the large number of cattle in Dhofar.

Land Excursions