Discover Amazing Oman – The Al Hoota Cave of Oman: A Slice of Nature

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.

Introduction

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 inside

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.

The ecosystem

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.

Explore

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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Nizwa Fort: Most Popular Tourist Attraction in Oman – Feast Your Eyes Upon a Magnificent Structure

Standing tall against the sands of time, The Nizwa Fort is Oman’s most visited national monument. The magnificent structure boasts traditional Omani architecture and certainly, one of the must-visit destinations in the country. Read on to know more.

Construction timelines

Though it has been believed that the underlying structure of the fort was built as early as the 12th century, the fort was built in 1650 by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’rubi. it is said that the main structure of the fort took almost 12 years to complete.

An administrative seat of Authority

The fort gave power to the Omani Rulers and it made them untouchable during invasions. By the time the fort was built the world has been already introduced to Gun powder and the fort had a number of openings for canons for defence.

Today

The fort today has become a popular tourist destination and visiting it is one of the popular things to do in Nizwa. Upon visiting here one would be able to witness Oman’s vibrant culture and the vibrant legacy. There are artefacts and paintings that decorate the interiors. The rooms are equipped with plush furniture and amenities which will give you a glimpse of what a luxurious life the Omani royal families lived.

Getting there and accommodation options

The fort is located at the heart of the Omani City of Nizwa which is located approximately a one and half hour drive away, you could visit here by a taxi or by public transport. There are also a number of exclusive accommodation options located close to the fort the likes of Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort where you can relax and unwind after a tiring day of exploration at the fort.

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