The mountain pass between Al Hamra and Wadi Bani Awf is one of Oman’s most spectacular roads, but it’s not for the fainthearted. Duncan Forgan dusts down his shaky driving skills to give off-roading a spin.
“Your lips are turning blue,” said the Kiwi pilot, shouting over the roaring chopper. “That’s the first sign of altitude sickness.” If the blades are turned off, the helicopter won’t start again in the thin, dry air.
For the traveler that likes a little sweat and effort in their leisure time, going to see what the locals are passionate about provides a great cultural experience and a look into what makes the place tick.