BBC looks at the Frankincense Trail as seen by Kate Humble

a modern journey along the route

As the Monsoon Season draws to a close in Salalah it will soon be time to start the Frankincense Harvest.

Tent and Camels waiting for Kate Humble
Tent and Camels waiting for Kate Humble

A crew for the BBC filmed in Oman a piece about the Frankincense Trail in June last year. From Oman they went to The Hadramout and beyond, mixing fable, modernity and a bit of history as seen through Kate Humble’s eyes.

'Albert' and friends waiting for Kate
‘Albert’ and friends waiting for Kate

Apart from the fact that Frankincense is a living legend – the thing I really like about the tree is the culture that surrounds it.

Grains of Frankincense gum
Grains of Frankincense gum

The smoke from the small pebble size pieces is used in Oman as a welcome to guests and the fragrance will scent clothes for a long time .

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman