Visiting the extremities of Oman is something I enjoy, for both Musandam and Dhofar have unique scenery and culture.
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.
Our trip was in search of honey and the practised eye of an expert soon found a wild nest in a cleft within a boulder. Some effort, accompanied by calming smoke, enabled a comb to be extracted – and it met with a seal of approval from a real honey aficionado.
By the end of the month I was in Musandam to visit the newly opened Khasab Fort. Imaginatively refurbished it includes discrete wooden coverings for electrical power sockets and a very practical disabled access slope reminiscent of the stairs in the marvellous Great Court in the British Museum.