How to get to Wadi Tiwi?
Wadi Tiwi is a good challenge for your driving skills. You definitely need a 4×4 car to drive a distance of 5 km from the main asphalt road to get to beginning of hiking trail to Wadi Tiwi. Although this place is worth every effort. It is something that has not been discovered by tourists, it’s an unspoiled incredible piece of nature.
The 5 km road takes you through two small villages. The car hardly fits the narrow road and you can constantly hear other cars beeping to warn pedestrians. In Oman most of the cars are 4×4, mostly Toyota Land Cruiser or Nissan Pathfinder. Most of the cars are white, obviously because of the operating sun and warm climate. And one thing that specifically captured my attention – all the cars are extremely clean, including shining rims. I really don’t know how they do it! As mentioned in my other posts Oman is probably the safest country I travelled to. There is almost no danger, specifically if you are a visitor. You may trek in the middle of nowhere and nothing will happen to you, what’s more they would offer you help if they see you or just check wheter everything’s ok.
Hiking trail to Wadi Tiwi.
On the begining of the hiking trail to Wadi Tiwi there is a huge sign with trekking information. You’ll find information about few hiking trails, which take you to Wani Bani Khalid – which is 28 km away and the sign says the route takes around 14 hours to get there. I heard this track to Wadi Bani Khalid leads through the narrow path on the top of the mountain and it’s really hard to walk. I took a hiking trail to Wadi Tiwi, that goes along the green water stream running through the canion. The path led me to an amazing village Miban. The village is situated in the middle of rocky mountains and sinks in plam trees. I remember seing this village on the cover of some guidebooks, it’s really incredible.
Wadi Tiwi waterfall adventure.
This is why I love freestyle traveling. You never know where you’re going end up while leaving your hostel. This was a beautiful and unexpected adventure. There was literally nobody on the trail for the first 2.5 hours hiking. Suddenly I saw a French couple with a local guide. They offered me to join them to trek to a misterious waterfall. The path was full of lush plantations leading to the bottom of the canion. We had to walk down to the waterfall along a really steep rocks. Sometimes I was wondering if it’s still safe to walk down but the curiosity was much stronger. Beside being among such amazing scenery made you want more. Canion nature was unbelievably stunning! I could barely believe how cristal clear was filling the pools in the canion. The trail to the waterfall is not maintained and I’m not sure if it’s possible to find it alone. But perhaps you could seek advise from a local guide or take him to lead you there. Maybe with google maps it is possible, although they way down may be a bit scary but doable. We spend 1,5 hours down the canion, swimming and taking a walk down the river to find hidden caves. On the way back the guide took us to the Miban village. This all was unreal. Small villages with few houses made from sand, squeezed between rocky mountains, where the temperature reaches 45 degrees easily. Some old men offered us some exotic fruits from surrounding trees, sour but tasty. I decided to walk back on foot although the French couple turned out to be lovely couple and offered to give me a ride back. I still wanted to enjoy this sceneery a bit longer on my own, so they left and I started walking toward the beginning of the trail. At the end of the track, I was a little in hurry as my friend Lya was waiting for me to get back home. Suddenly, a black land cruiser came out of nowhere, stoped just next to me and two Oman men who were sitting inside asked me if I need help or a lift? I got in as the whole hiking adventure and the temperature turned out to me more exhausting than I thoiugh. They took me back about 1 km where I meet my friend. That’s a typical example how nice are Omani people. Extremely friendy they even left their phone number in case I needed any help in the future. Typical Omani people do not expect anything back. We said goodbye to the two nice folks and hit the white sandy beach for a sunset.. 😉