Central to Oman’s natural beauty is its collection of stunning wadis and many are located throughout the Muscat Governorate, some just a stone’s throw from the capital itself. To the south you can find Wadi Al Arbiyeen; a winding valley in the side of Al Hajar Mountains known for its cool, deep pools and its four villages, which cultivate palm trees, bananas, lemon and mango trees. Also south of Muscat, the Wadi Sireen Reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including one of the rarest animals in Oman, the Arabian Tahr. Or venture to Wadi Al Khoudh, considered to be one of the largest wadi basins in the Sultanate, where reviving pools are formed following heavy rain. There are few better ways to experience the true variety of Oman than exploring these diverse valleys.