Nature in Dhofar Oman

In early May, I drove down to Salalah to seek out Nature in Dhofar and camped overnight

Rub Al Khali Dawn
Rub Al Khali Dawn

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.

Close Shave in Salalah
Close Shave in Salalah

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.

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.
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.

Arabian Gazelle Dhofar
Arabian Gazelle Dhofar

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 and all Nature in Dhofar. 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.