Apart from the Omani culture and its rich history, the country also boasts a few wonders of nature as well. The age-old Al Hoota Cave is just one of these natural jewels here. Venturing through the cave is one of the best things to do in Nizwa.
This natural cave is located in the Al Hamra district by the foot of Jabal Shams. The cave was made open to the public to commemorate the 17th National Day of Oman. It is thought to be over 2 million years old. For those searching for places to stay, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is a hotel situated close by.
The cave stretches to about 4.5 km. However, only 500m is open for exploration. The cave tour with a guide lasts about 45 minutes. The guide will make a few stops and relate the stories and history of special spots in the cave.
Two lakes flow through the Al Hoota Cave. These are home to a rare type of blind fish. As for the animal species here, the cave shelters bats, spiders, arthropods and many more critters that pop out from here and there.
Inside the cave, bridges and lights have been built for the cave to be approachable. The electric equipment is mostly remote controlled. Therefore, once tours are over, guides will turn off the electrical items so that it does not hinder animals.
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