Shaquel al Balushi goes solo to Wadi Mayh and enjoys some me-time, bar a few pesky bees.
After last week’s overnight camping trip to the beautiful Wadi Bani Khalid with a few of my friends, some of whom had come from the United States, it was now time to head out for some exploring on my own. I even decided to keep my best friend Imran out of my trip this week, all for the sake of having some me-time with nature and the best Oman has to offer after a long hectic week.
I had been itching to head to the beautiful Wadi Mayh, as it had been almost two years since my last trip to the location. I always thought I couldn’t do justice to the story then too, as I only focused on the parts of Wadi Mayh that had been hit by Cyclone Gonu.
This time, however, I wanted to do things a little differently. I started my journey in the usual manner: I set off from my home at 5.30am to soak up the beauty of the morning sky. The sun had just risen from the mountainous backdrop of Al Amerat (my hometown), and started shining its rays on the road.
I couldn’t spend much time looking at the sky, however, as I wanted to reach the Wadi Mayh before the Blue Hour (a period of twilight early in the dawn or late in the dusk). Thankfully, the traffic was light so I was able to reach the location in under an hour.
It’s a fairly easy journey: you take the Al Amerat Heights road, and you break off to the exit towards Quriyat. On the way, you will find a sign board that points towards the Al Hajar mountains, and in a few metres, you will find a brown signboard that says: “Wadi Mayh”.
The terrain is rough, so it would be wise if you came in an SUV. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself scraping the bottom of your car on the rough rocks or even get stuck!
A 15-minute drive was all it took for me to reach the heart of the wadi. From there, you will find that the wadi splits into two: to the left and right. If you remember my Destination article in 2015, you would know that I headed left, only to find the area in tatters. Much to my surprise, it is still the same.
But, as I promised myself, I headed right. So I parked my car in one corner, grabbed my camera gear and headed straight into the wadi.
And boy, I was not disappointed. A quick walk (five minutes or so) revealed an area covered in beautiful plants. I also saw a very interesting shrub, which was bearing fruit. The fruit was only the size of a tennis ball, and resembled a sweet melon. I didn’t try it out though, fearing that it would be poisonous.
I kept walking forwards, only to realise that the entire area was surrounded by honey bees. But, I put that down to the small flowers, which were growing around the vicinity. Mind you: I am incredibly terrified of bees so carrying forward was a herculean task, indeed. I gathered myself to capture a few photos of the landscape. As you can see from the pictures, the location is absolutely staggering. It could not only serve as a nice location for photoshoots and videoshoots but also as a place for one to unwind.
It didn’t take long for the detoxing to happen. I felt the stresses leave my body as I continued forging my path forwards. Wadi Mayh is one of those areas that really hasn’t been touched by civilisation, and that means that the area is almost litter-free and full of life.
Minus the bees, this would have been the perfect soul-searching trip for me in a long time (really!). Of course, I go by the theory that if I don’t disturb the bees, they won’t disturb me either. I would advise you to travel to such areas with long trousers and and a long-sleeved shirt. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself swatting bees off.
Don’t let the bees put you off though. Wadi Mayh is a stunning location, especially if you are going there with your friends. It would be best to go with only a few select people though, as it remains one of the few wadis that is still untouched by human hands. And before I forget: if you are heading there, please clear out your trash. Beautiful areas such as this deserve to remain litter free.
From Muscat, take road 17 through Al Amerat towards Al Hajar. Take the exit for Al Hajar and go left at the first roundabout and straight over the next two. This will bring you directly to the point where the road gives way to a dirt track.