Friday Meh-Meh - Trips: Nizwa Cattle Market Trip with a side trip at Al Hamra and Misfat Al Abreen
If you are into heritage and culture, this trip is a must to do!
Pick-up Time/ Place
- Sharing basis: 6:00 am: Lulu Parking Lot, Ghubra (between the Petrol Station and Lulu)
- Private basis: 6:00 am From your hotel within Muscat area.
What is included in the tour
- 4WD vehicle
- Professional English-Speaking guide/driver
- Entrance fees
- Lunch at the local restaurant
- Drinking water and soft drinks
What is NOT included in the tour
- Tips to the tour guide (non-mandatory but advisable as courtesy)
- At 0600am, we leave Muscat to witness the Nizwa Friday Cattle Market when locals from the nearby Villages come to sell their donkeys, goats, cattle, sheep and chickens in a circus style open market place. You can have a chance to join the bartering too!
- In this souq, you can also find vegetables, fish, meat, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts and souvenirs which are sold in authentic old market halls. You will be given sometime to go around. After meeting up the tour guide again, you will all together walk to the Nizwa Fort which is located just beside the souq. The fort is a museum today and offers splendid views of this ancient town and the surrounding mountains. It is an architectural testimony to the economic and military achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century. It was a military stronghold designed to withstand even the strongest of attacks at the time. Even along the corridors, many traps were laid to deter any intruders that might have penetrated the defences.
- From Nizwa we will pass by to Al Hamra to have a quick stroll through the 400-year-old town, where you’ll be able to see some of the oldest preserved homes in the country. Here, we will stop to take our lunch at the small local restaurant.
- Afterwards, we will drive up to Misfat al Abreen, a quaint small town that feels like an oasis in the desert. This picturesque village consists of old homes and narrow streets. It has a large Falaj system which supplies water for many orchards, date palms and vegetables. It is worth to spend at least 2 hours walking around the village. There are marked footpaths through the village and surrounding area. After this visit, return to Muscat and drop off to your hotel.