Nature in Dhofar Oman

In early May, I drove down to Salalah and camped overnight on the edge of the Empty Quarter desert.

Close Shave in Salalah
Close Shave in Salalah

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
Hadi Al Hikmani

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.

Arabian Gazelle Dhofar
Arabian Gazelle Dhofar

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.

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