The second-largest city in the Dhofar province, Salalah sits on the south coast of Oman. It’s the traditional residence of the Sultan of Oman, and is known as the perfume capital of the country, perhaps because of the frankincense trees that grow in the lush countryside around it.
Salalah’s climate, with its khareef (monsoon) season means that the area is rich in plants and wildlife, including species more commonly found in Africa, like leopards, hyenas and baobab trees. Plantations of bananas and papayas give the area a really tropical feel, even though it’s surrounded by desert.
Enjoy a day out at Marneef Cave, about 40 km from Salalah, where you can watch the surf explode through blowholes in the rock, and collect sea shells on the beach.
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