Australian White Ibis – in the regional areas is sometimes called ‘the farmers’ friend’ due to its habit of flocking into areas afflicted by plagues of locusts and gorging on the ravaging hoards of insects. However, in urban areas where many Ibis scavenge on rubbish tips and in city parks, and their plumage becomes soiled by refuse, it is sometimes referred to as ‘tip turkeys’ or ‘bin chickens’.
The local legend says that the mountain is haunted. I didn’t see any jinns (Arabic: جن,) other than Egyptian vultures. Strangely enough, my phone’s GPS completely malfunctioned and didn’t record adequate altitude. Nevertheless, the place is remarkable – offering incredible views of Masirah island and strange rock features. Some sources referred to this mountain as Red Mountain or Jebel Al Hamra (Jabal Humr).
Ras Madrakah is an excellent day-trip opportunity for anyone visiting Duqm or on the way to Salalah (through Hasik).
The place offers fantastic camping spots overlooking black mountains and golden sand beaches. Also great bird spotting and off-roading, with nice weather even during the hot summer months.
This is a place that I would highly recommend visiting for any nature lover living in Oman. You will spend at least 5 hours driving there from Muscat, so plan your escape well.
Dimaniyat Islands, Oman – Camping, snorkeling… turtles and sea life
Pros: opportunities to spot amazing wildlife, each island is different, lots of hiking options Cons: need islands’ flora to regenerate to pre-industrial age as virtually no trees anymore