When you think of outdoor adventure, Al Batinah Governorate in Oman will be the last thing you’d think of. Other than the hours of drive it takes to get there, many are of the opinion that there’s not one good spot worthy of the long drive.
The fact is, Al Batinah is a treasure trove of different outdoor activities and many of its attractions have gone under the radar for years.
Located near the bordering city of Buraimi, no place in Oman has water as pure and transparent as Ain Sahban. The waters are simply mind-blowing and worth every minute of the three-hour drive from Muscat. Since the drives takes some bumpy roads, a 4×4 vehicle is recommended for this sightseeing road trip.
We had been hearing about this spring for some time now but because of how far it is from Muscat, in the beginning, it seems like too much of an effort. But having been to different wadis in Oman and constantly looking for new places to visit, we decided that it’s about time to bring the attractions of Batinah to the attention of people locally and those visiting Oman.
For the inexperienced, Ain Sahban is a spring made beautiful by its azure waters and a collection of Sulfur sediments that have been deposited deep within the mountains. About a kilometer long, its small pools are great for quick dip and relaxation.
If you are looking for a new hiking trail with a beautiful spring to make the trek worth it, then you should definitely head out to Ain Sahban
The road can really be tough. There are two ways to get to the spring. The first option is by driving to the village which is about a kilometer away from the spring. From the village, you can begin your descent towards the garden and then climbing down on the side of the cliff. This option offers a decent view of the lush date palms that surround the village. The other option is by driving all the way to the spring. This means that you have to drive your car on rough terrain and somewhere in the middle, passing through a wadi with knee-deep water.
While coming down the side of the cliff can become a challenge, the rest of the hike is easy. Upon reaching the falaj that supplies the water to the farms far ahead, it’s just a matter of following the irrigation line to get to the Ain. The falaj is well maintained but some overgrown bush may block your way. All you have to do is sweep them to the side. The wadi below is made up of huge boulders. While it sounds inviting to hike through the wadi. While there are some parts that are over 6 ft. deep, most of Ain Sahban is about 3 ft deep or lower so kids can definitely swim in some areas without fear of drowning. Make sure not to drink the water cause it’s definitely not safe to ingest.
Although you may be an adenine junkie, it is always advisable to carry the essentials and make sure to travel light if you plan to trek, since it is a long way in and out.
First and foremost a Flotation device (You never know where it may come handy)
First Aid kit
Sufficient drinking water
Protein high diet to keep you energized. (We prefer date and nut bars or even granola bars help)
You can get to Ain Sahban by taking the exit indicated Sahban just off the high-way connecting Sohar to Buraimi. The turn-off is approximately 65 kms from either Sohar or Buraimi. This makes it under 3 hours journey from either Muscat or Abu Dhabi. From Sohar side, you will need to go under a narrow bridge to the other side of the road and follow the road briefly until you see a brown sign indicating that distance to Ain Sahban is 6.7 km – and this is where the off-road starts. COORDINATES: 24° 11’ 0” North, 56° 19’ 0” East
Have a safe journey and do share your experiences.