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“Great Trip” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Wadi Ghul- Oman's Grand Canyon

Wadi Ghul- Oman's Grand Canyon
Nizwa, Oman
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Nizwa
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
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San Francisco
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Great Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Fairly long 4WD drive to get there, but the views are spectacular and the rim walk well worth the effort

Visited December 2012
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Muscat Governorate, Oman
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Nothing like standing on the edge of a canyon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

A great place to go for a hike if you are feeling energetic - 3hour round trip will take you into the canyon to the village only acessible by foot!!

Visited July 2012
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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“Just like the Grand Canyon only smaller”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

The balcony walk is great. We didnt do all of it as it was really hot. Drive to the Jebel Shams Heights resort and go as far as you can beyond it to the end of the road. Dont expect any signage to help you but this is what makes it great.

Visited October 2012
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“Take Your Camera and a Head for Heights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

You will need a good 4x4 to make this trip. The road up the mountain from the village of Ghul (which gives us our word ghoul) is now tarmac for the first 1500 metres above sea level. After that you are on hairy twisting roads that hug the mountain sides but the views at every twist and turn are spectacular. You can stay at the Sunrise Resort about 2000 metres above sea level in either bungalow or bedouin tent accomodation, We picniced at about 2200 metres. Take a jumper it gets cold. Views of the canyons are spectacular.

Visited October 2012
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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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“So high it's scary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We stayed at the Jebel Shams resort that previous posters mentioned was nearby. Even at the top of the mountain It was quite warm during the day as it was summer so we didn't end up hiking to the village. We did take pictures of the canyon from the lookout point thought. It is just across from a handicraft stall run by local Bedu (see pic). It is a long steep drive so I recommend that you stay up on the mountain for the night rather than stay in Nizwa. This will give you time to enjoy the drive. We did the drive in our Hummer but other resort guests got up in normal cars that they had rented so don't let that stop you. Unlike Jebel Akhdar there are no military checkpoints telling you that you can't drive any further without a 4x4. If you did take a normal car up there you would have to ride the break on the way down. Just before you start heading up to Jebel Shams you will drive past a wadi in a valley and on the right you will see a village and across from it you will see a village of ruins (see pic). I heard that it was a Portuguese village but no one was able to tell me it's name! It is fantastic for photos... Pity I only had a point and shoot camera with me...

Visited June 2012
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