Arabian Leopard in Dhofar

The advancing monsoon was descending on Salalah as I spent time there with Hadi Al Hikmani whose passion and work is researching Arabian Leopard in Dhofar. His family keep an extraordinary number of goats below the mountains and they are a potential prey of the Leopard.

Hadi checking scat
Hadi checking scat

During a six-hour trek through the mountain’s of Dhofar, Hadi expertly Continue reading “Arabian Leopard in Dhofar”

Walk in the Najd of Dhofar

With cloud cover increasing over the Dhofar coast of Oman I took time to trek through the barren landscape of Dhofar, not on the coast but in the barren mountains towards the desert.

Frankincense Tree Najd Dhofar
Frankincense Tree Najd Dhofar

Here we passed Frankincense trees rustling in the wind and occasional Fan Tailed Ravens but little else of substance. Continue reading “Walk in the Najd of Dhofar”

Omani Honey Hunt

Visiting the extremities of Oman is something I enjoy, for both Musandam and Dhofar have unique scenery and culture.

Jabal Samhan Honey Hunt
Jabal Samhan Honey Hunt

In Dhofar we were expertly guided along the slopes of the massive escarpment of Jabal Samhan.  Following little used paths, we walked up the mountain slopes  under good cloud cover that created ideal walking weather.  Our route was along old camel tracks, perhaps originally used to transport frankincense from the valleys behind the escarpment.  Wild animals also use these pathways we saw scat and spore showing the overnight journeys of animals.

Honey Feast
Honey Feast

Our trip was in search of honey Continue reading “Omani Honey Hunt”