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Wadi Ghul- Oman's Grand Canyon

Nizwa, Oman
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Nizwa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I'm no geological expert but my guide assured me that Wadi Ghul attracts geologists from around the world. It is the deepest canyon in the middle east and you can clearly see layers in the rock from different time periods. It's a fossil hunters paradise. You need a 4WD to explore the Wadi as it steeply climbs up to Oman's... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The grand canyon of Oman did not disappoint. The view was fantastic. After we left the grand canyon we decided to take another route that our ipad showed to get home. We thought it would be a flat road and out of the mountains. We were so wrong. The road took us into an off-roading adventure into the canyons of... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We should have stayed and explored this region longer. Some great hiking and quite comfortable when much of Oman is getting too hot.

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New York City, New York
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116 reviews 116 reviews
68 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I spent the night in Nizwa and at 6AM drove north on Route 21, the Nizwa-Ibri road. It banks left (westward) and its about an hour to the turn off on the right to Al Hamra, just past a petrol station. Head north a few kilometers and go left at the rotary. The key is to follow the signs to... More

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Oslo, Norway
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31 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Watch your steps! don't look down much... the view is stunning! It's one of the best wonders in Oman! You need a 4-wheel car to drive up the moutain. There are some places where you can stop, walk and take pictures, but don't stand at the edge of the stones when it is blowing strongly. It could be risky! I've... More

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

A wonderful view. Best enjoyed with the about 4 h balcony walk which takes you breathtakingly near the sheer cliff, but at the same time is cleared well of so that it never feels really dangerous. Go early in the morning to avoid heat and other groups. And if you bring your own tent, you can camp out right next... More

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Polis, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Started our day with a ride along the dried-up river bed. How our driver picked a way through was amazing. Sadly a rock-fall had blocked the way so we could not go to the end of the wadi. We then climbed up to the highest point which my husband loved. I have a fear of heights so stayed in the... More

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Vienna, Austria
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

One of the first things I've visited in Oman -> called the Omani grand canyon. It is really amazing, I don't know how to describe it. It's just breathtaking & really worth the drive.

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Castricum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We stayed at Jabal shams Heights resort, about 6 km from the beginning of the balcony walk. The balcony walk was fantastic, really cool and you have amazing views. Once you there you will feel like woowwww! We saw the walk with sunrise and that was a really good time,, because it can be hot during the day. Allready in... More

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Brighton
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71 reviews 71 reviews
7 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We drove up Wadi Ghul - Beautiful but barren - worth the trip. We had a 4x4 which is not essential but it helps the confidence. Driving is actually quite straightforward.

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