The Road and the Miles to Salalah (including GPS co-ordinates)

Kareef season is almost upon us – it should start raining in a couple of weeks from now – and this is the best time to head to Salalah to experience much green-ness, 17 degrees north of the equator and on the edge of the largest sand dune desert in the world.  Please use this post as a companion to my Seven Degrees Southward blog about the journey to Salalah.  It’s a long road and a bit of forward planning can make the journey better less bad for you.

On the road to Salalah from the UAE there are very limited accommodation options; in the Kareef season (June-September) you will experience desert temperatures of up to 42 degrees centigrade until you are within 60kms of Salalah, therefore camping isn’t going to be very comfortable at that time of year.

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Al Ghaba Resthouse

There are a few resthouses enroute, but these are extremely basic, so if you can make the journey from Nizwa or the like in one go, then so much the better.  One word about petrol availability – there are many more gas stations than there used to be but it is not unknown for some  to run out of petrol, once your gas tanks are showing less than half, we generally fill up.

Here are the major stopping places on Road 31.

Adam –  N22 23.486 E57 30.854 – Petrol Stations, toilets, shops, restaurants, mosques, pharmacy, banks – the last main town til Thumrayt, over 700kms to the south.

next stop in 115kms:

Al Ghaba – N21 22.727 E57 15.232.  Toilets, resthouse, shop, restaurant, mosque, petrol station (Shell, Al Maha, Omanoil)

next stop in 194kms:

Hayma – N19 57.994 E56 17.458.  Toilets, resthouse, shop, restaurant, mosque, pharmacy, garage, tyre shop, petrol station (Shell, Al Maya, Omanoil)

next stop in 115kms:

Al Ghaftayn – N19 36.773 E55 30.989.  Toilets, resthouse, restaurant, petrol station (Shell)

Next stop in 70kms:

Muqshin – N19 33.778 E54 53.729.  Toilets, petrol station (Omanoil)

Next stop in 60kms:

Qatbit – N19 10.572 E54 30.180.  Toilets, resthouse, petrol station (Shell)

Next stop in 120kms:

Sayh Al Khayrat – N18 15.474 E54 03.480.  Toilets, restaurant, shop, petrol station (Al Maha)

Next stop in 60kms:

Thumrayt – N17 36.765 E54 01.952 – Town with shops, toilets, restaurants, hotels, mosques, pharmacy, sanaiya, petrol stations

Next stop in 75kms

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SALALAH!

 

 

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