Masafi Wadi for a “Bush”walk

Last Friday morning, I decided to get out of Dubai and go for a hike. The weather is a little cooler now and Peter joined me. Got up early just on dawn after quite a late night.

We went up into the hills – the Hajar Mountains – that lie between Dubai and the East Coast.  There are not too many places that you can go without a 4WD that offer reasonably decent walking, views and scenery.  After about 90 minutes of driving, we arrived at Masafi Wadi, identified earlier through a birdwatcher’s website.

We started walking about 8 am.  The sun was warm and clear and not much breeze.  As we climbed up the valley, we walked either along the plains or in the wadi itself.  The wadi is the creekbed except there is no water unless it rains and then the water can scream down these creekbeds and gouge out the rocks from the floodplain.  Walking along the creekbed was lovely in the morning shielded from the sun by the high sides.  There was not much bush to speak of, a few plants in the floodplain itself and the odd shrubs in the valley.  We arrived back at the car after about 3 and a half hours and headed into Fujairah to the Hilton for lunch beside the ocean and the rolling waves.

Highights of the walk included a large gecko, someone’s farm at the top of the valley with palm trees and an irrigated garden, a few ruins of old hut foundations at the top, and a few birds, particularly lots of Long-billed Pipits on the sides of the valley.

High cliffs in Masafi Wadi

High cliffs in Masafi Wadi

A blurry gecko

A blurry gecko

Grasses in the creek bed near the top

Grasses in the creek bed near the top

Foundations of an old hut at the top of the wadi

Foundations of an old hut at the top of the wadi

Farmed creek valley in a sheltered spot - palm trees and irrigated crops

Farmed creek valley in a sheltered spot - palm trees and irrigated crops

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2 Responses to “Masafi Wadi for a “Bush”walk”

  1. geoffpound Says:

    Luke

    Many thanks for your descriptive notes and your amazing pics.

    How far could you go towards the Masafi Wadi without a 4WD or wouldn’t you recommend driving the road at all in a standard car?

    Geoff

  2. Luke Naismith Says:

    You can go about 400 metres off the road in a standard car Geoff. We turned off after the bridge which leads to the dump (see the map on the link above). There is a track before the bridge that is a little more well maintained which you might be able to get further. All depends on the clearance under your car. It’s a nice walk though – start early is my advice!

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