In early May, I drove down to Salalah and camped overnight on the edge of the Empty Quarter desert.
Therefore, to urgently rectify my appearance the first stop in Salalah was, as usual, a Pakistani barber saloon who took care of my unshaved face and rather messy hair.
Hadi Al Hikmani, Oman’s authority on the Arabian Leopard, took me on a walk to go on an inspection trip of his Camera Traps. The traps are used to try and assess the Leopards in the region – on this occasion, no Leopard but a rather busy White Tailed Mongoose was filmed.
Over the time I spent in southern Oman, I was fortunate to see several Gazelle at close quarters – all looked very healthy and well fed; rains in March must have increased the food supply for them. Perhaps as an early start to the Khareef (monsoon) Salalah and its surrounding mountains received steady rain over a 36+ hour period filling Wadi Darbat to overflowing as a cascade of waterfalls into Khawr Rawri. The rains will again increase the food supply for Gazelles. However, on a more negative note, a young camel of Hadi’s father drowned in a fast-flowing wadi – the body was found after a couple of intensive searches.