Wadi Bani Khalid

The road to Wadi Bani Khalid is beset with dangers on all sides.

Irascible camels:

Camel Sign

Vicious sand-dunes:

Dunes sign

And worst of all… cross winds!

Cross windI thank you.

For those who make it there alive, Wadi Bani Khalid has water in its pools year-round, which makes it a popular swimming spot.  Rules are quite strict, however:

Public conservative placeOne might have thought that conservatism meant not perving at other people’s swimming costumes, but you learn something new.

Not being properly dressed, I instead hauled myself up a hill.   The whole path to the coast takes three days, but I thought after an hour or so I’d done my bit.

These hills, the Eastern Hajjar, are uncompromising: huge slabs of dry, crumbly rock, flaking away in layers where the water’s got to it:

Wadi Bani Khalid HillsAccompanying me on the way up was some of the local wildlife, apparently convinced by my struggles that the end was nigh.   First a group of Egyptian vultures, which are quite common here:

Egyptian vultureAnd then the boss bird, a lappet-faced vulture:

Lappet-faced VultureApparently this is one of the toughest vultures around, and it’s a quite intimidating sight circling over one’s head.

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1 Response to Wadi Bani Khalid

  1. flora alexander says:

    Keep safe from those scary birds!

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