Track Wadi Bani Awf

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mrc282
United States4,153 contributions
Dec 2021
The 40 km stretch of dicey road at Wadi Bani Awf is not as scary or narrow as I thought it would be. A 4x4 vehicle is needed unless you enjoy playing with fire. I used 4L throughout, and kept it at first or second gear most of the time. It is definitely manageable if you have basic knowledge of 4wd, and take it slow and easy.

The wadi crossing for the most part is the width of 1.5-2 cars. Only once or twice, it is the width of 1 car. And you can see oncoming traffic and therefore one of you can stop at a turnout to allow the other to pass.

I think this wadi crossing may be unnerving for someone who has only driven paved roads all their life, doesnt like heights, or has a passenger who is very nervous especially when driving from South to North (Al Hamra to Al Zamah) direction because the passenger will be closer to the steep dropoff most of the time

My full length comments on Oman roads:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294006-i2046-k13757088-Roads_in_Oman-Oman.html
Written 25 December 2021
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Fred K
Lelystad, The Netherlands30 contributions
Jan 2020
We rented two Toyota Fortuner for our group of 9 people. The self drive into Wadi Bani Awf was amazing. We stopped at little snake canyon. Walked and swim into the canyon.
Written 12 February 2020
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Alice Raff
Paris, France5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
You can camp wherever you wishes in amazing landscapes. Or stay at the Bait Bimah place where you will find guides for hikings and canyoing. Beautiful wadi and not too difficult walks with young children if you start by the end of the little snake canyon (in the opposite way of the great little snake canyon canyoing pathway). You can walk there, cross the wadi, swim in natural swimming pools and practice very easy canyoing with youbg children (2 and a half and 5 years old). To get there you must have a 4x4 otherwise it is impossible.
Written 3 February 2020
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Seb Tou
Toulouse, France91 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
First thing first: you will need to a good 4x4... This track is brutal while offering amazing scenic views. Great way to go from Mascat to Al Hamra (and The View hotel).
Written 26 April 2019
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tokyodom
Hong Kong, China144 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
As frequently mentioned, you do need a 4WD but the majority of the drive, bar one or two steep sections, is not that difficult.

The views, however, are stunning and worth every stop, photo and opportunity to take in the western Hajjar mountains.

We set off from Al Hamra, passed Hatt (did not go into snake gorge as not enough time) to the pretty village of Bald Sayt.

Passing Al Zammah, we turned off the Wadi Bani Awf in the direction of Wadi As Sahtan, passing through the honey (expensive but delicious) producing village of Al Jufar where we saw the traditional hives and were invited in for tea by a local family.

Joining the main section of road below Ayn Umq and from there it's about an hour to Ar Rustaq.

If you get the chance to do part or all of this route, pack a picnic and do not hesitate.
Written 14 April 2019
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doctorclifford
Dubai, United Arab Emirates177 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
You can drive the Wadi Bani Awf route in about two hours. However, make it a full day.
There are great places to stop and walk - to simply admire the view, or explore a Wadi. Snake Canyon and Little Snake Canyon make excellent hikes of up to 3 hours each. take swimmers and shoes you don't mind getting wet.
Take a 4WD, and understand low ratio gearing...! some very steep sections!
One of our favourite places in Oman
Written 13 February 2019
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BestRegards FromFar
Cape Town Central, South Africa367 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
It’s worth renting a 4x4 just to do this track! Possibilities to camp or stay along the track and also the starting point for Snake Canyon.
Written 24 November 2018
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TP H
4 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
We just did Hamra - Rustaq bit.

It's really worth it but :
1/ you'll need a powerful 4x4 (we used the 4x4-lock mode 4 times on very steep climbs). Forget the 4x2 SUV.
2/ your passengers need to accept the ride and keep their mouth shut, as you'll have to be very concentrated at driving. Ask them to inform you of the incoming traffic, as most off road part is .. one "lane".
3/ plan ahead in case your car lets you down. We crossed a french family with a broken rental Pajero. They were going to wait the assistance for three hours at least. (Unfortunately, we could do nothing to help them out, and I don't even know if offroad driving is covered by their insurrance ...). My biggest fear was tyre puncture, but everything went well.
4/ be informed of the road conditions by asking those who are coming the other way. The road was very dry at this time of the year, though it rained several days before.

Anyway, the road is outstanding, but it is at your own risk. The Platinum American Express card will be of no help, if you see what I mean.
Beyond some point, there is no turning back ...

No need to be scared. If you are a careful and good driver with some basic 4x4 knowledge, it should be OK. Most of the real offroad part can be done at 30-40 km/h.

Your passenger(s) will love the scenery, while you'll "enjoy" the drive :-) ! !
Written 26 October 2018
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Adib K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates96 contributions
Mar 2018
Wadi Bani Awf (or Snake Canyon) as familiar to everyone is one of the best places to visit in Oman. the adrenaline rush starts 2 minutes from the entrance of the wadi with the first abseil or the point of no return. then the whole adventure starts from jumping in the pools, 2 more abseils and scrambling and finding your way down the wadi for over 3 hours. it's a life time adventure never miss it.
Written 3 October 2018
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Jitendra P
Muscat, Oman271 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
Wadi bani auf is a great track between Rustaq and Al Hamra trough the Hajir mountains.
Muscat to barka signal and take left towards rustaq.
after crossing the nakhal turn, there is a small village awabi, cross it and look for a left exit.
this is a beautiful track which will take you towards the mountain roads, on both sides of the road you have beautiful mountains and on one side of the road you can see a small wadi as well....
keep driving...
on the you will find route for wadi sahtan...
and keep driving till you find the beautiful .. snake canyon...
we found some drizzling on the way and the weather was really awsome...

kids spent some time by climbing on mountains and we passed through the small canyon....

worth visiting if you love outdoors and offroad drive...
a decent 4wd suv or awd is good enough.
Written 1 September 2018
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