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Wadi Dhum

Jan 1, 2013 by     15 Comments    Posted under: Al Dhahirah, Natural Attractions, Outdoors, Wadi

Wadi Dhum
Wadi Dhum (وادي ضــم) also spelled Wadi Damm or Wadi Dham, is a wadi located in Al Dhahirah region of Oman. We heard the wadi is a nice one to visit so we decided to pay it a visit during our trip to Ibri where we also visited Ibri Castle and Bat Necropolis.

Wadi Dhum can be reached either from Ibri or Bahhal/Nizwa, depends where you are driving from. Its about an hour drive from Ibri taking the Ibri-Nizwa road and taking a turn once you reach Kubarah, there will be a sign but worry not we will provide the google maps coordinates for Wadi Dhum, but you have to read on.

By the way, on your drive between Kubarah to Dhum village, you will notice some beehive tombs that resemble the ones at Bat Necropolis, they are probably part of Al Ayn necropolis. Unfortunately, we did not have the time to check them out but its worth knowing that so you can combine your visit to Wadi Dhum with a stop there!


Before you go:

The standard things you need for a wadi:

  • Four Wheel Drive car is a must, you have to go off-road to get here
  • Sun-screen
  • Food and snacks
  • Plenty of drinking water
  • The wadi was quite dry when we visited and had very little water, but its still worth taking your swimming gear with you if you decided to take a dip.
  • Slippers or sturdy water-proof footwear, you’ll have to walk over very smooth rocks that are very slippery (I slipped twice!)
  • Water proof bag for your camera and gadgets (or leave them in the car)


How to Get There:

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You will need to drive a bit off-road to get there, and you will know you reached the place once you see a few cars parked at the entrance, then its just a few minutes walk until you reach the dam. On your drive from

Wadi Dhum

Wadi Dhum

The dam at the entrance of Wadi Dhum

In Wadi Dhum:
The wadi starts pretty much after the dam, and it starts off with lots of big smooth rocks that you have to walk over. The walk is not tough but you have to be careful as the rocks can be quite slippery if they are wet. After about 5-10 minutes walk (depending on your pace) you will reach a place where you have to pull yourself through the rocks using a provided rope. It is not very hard but its worth noting as not everyone is comfortable doing that, we lost one of our trip companions at this “obstacle” and he couldn’t continue unfortunately.

Wadi Dhum itself is very interesting, we found it to be very unique as the rock formations are huge and super smooth. There are also very interesting holes in the rocks as well as some white lines which makes you wonder how that all happened, probably an ideal place to visit if you’re showing a group of geologist friends around!

The walk is nice and easy but if you choose to swim it can get a bit tricky as there are no clear paths to the wadi. We walked in from the rocks above until we reached the effective “end” of the wadi, where it takes a turn and the wadi is completely dry. The area there is worth a stop as there is lots of plan life and even a nice water pool you can swim in with grass growing in it as well. Once we were there we decided to go back through the center of the wadi and so swam in that pool back. This was was a bit more tricky than the walk in and requires you to swim and get through quite a bit of rocks, so I suggest if you want an easy walk to just walk on the sides on top of the big rocks.

Wadi Dhum

Wadi Dhum

Wadi Dhum

Wadi Dhum

We really enjoyed the time in Wadi Dhum and found it beautiful; however, I was personally a bit disappointed with the lack of water. I would still highly recommend visiting it if you’re already planning to visit Ibri, Bahla or even Nizwa and would like to do some “Wadi-ing”; but if  you are in Muscat and would like to visit a wadi, go to the ones in Al Sharqiyah.

15 Comments + Add Comment

  • hi
    finally made it to Wadi Damm
    well wow wow wow
    fantastic rocks water couldn’t get enough
    going back before summer gets too hot
    week day so nobody but me
    thnaks for your hints

  • will keep you posted
    hopefully on the 07th or 14th feb

  • will keep you posted
    hopefully do it on the 7th or 14th feb

  • Hi I have found your articles on many areas very helpful and thank you
    just wanted to know if it was possible to camp (Vehicle with RTT) near by the wadi
    thank you

    • Hi Kapila,
      I haven’t been to Wadi Dhum in a while, but I recall seeing a few spots suitable for camping on the way. You just need to go early and scout an area during day-light hours I suggest.

      • thank you
        i am trying to choose between wadi mistal or wadi damm
        just want to get near some water as much as possible to camp
        also very weary of flash floods in oman
        once again thank you for your comments

        • Hi Kapila,

          I haven’t been to Wadi Mistal previously to know much about it sorry! But Wadi Dhum should have water (although its been years since I last visit so can’t vouch for that!). There should be plenty of spots for you to camp, I recall quite a few flat areas on the way to the wadi just off the road that may be suitable. Nothing spectacular but not far from the Wadi and close to the road. Regarding flash floods, you should always check the weather conditions on the day of your venture inside, I use the “Weather Underground” app for example. While you’re in the way, you should also keep track of the cloud formations and have exit plans if things go South! Also worth checking with the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA) prior to entering the wadi. I am not sure how responsive they are to direct enquiries, but they usually provide warnings about weather changes/flash floods on their twitter page (its in Arabic but you may use google translate: https://twitter.com/PACDAOman) and perhaps its worth giving them a call before your trip.

          Let me know how your trip goes 🙂

  • this is my favorite place in Oman.. i never get tired of it..

    • That’s good to hear. To be honest I only went there once and was a bit disappointed as I expected it to have more water. I should visit it again once I get the time 🙂

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  • its really nice place to visit… Thanks for the info

    • Hey thanks, glad you liked it 🙂

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