Misfat Al Abriyeen – A Taste of Omani Living

Misfat Al Abriyeen, also spelled Misfah Al Abriyeen or Misfah, is a tribal village withing Oman. Pupils who comes from this village have the last name of Al Abri, which is where the name is derived. Similar to Omani nationals, Al Thanwi last name belongs to Wadi Bani Khalid.

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Misfat Al Abriyeen village from a far

This village is a beautiful attraction just out of Muscat and has recently experienced a surge in tourism. It is referred to as a mountain oasis because of the gardens that surround this village and the wadi (gorge) that it overlooks. The feels and vibes to this city is very authentic to traditional Omani life.

The following guide answers all question you might have below.

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Garden at Misfat Al Abriyeen – More to see at Wakan Village

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Location

Misfat Al Abriyeen is a mountain village located 1,000m above sea level. It is located in Al Hamra County which is part of Al Dakhiliya Governance.

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Nature blessings

Misfat Al Abriyeen is best combined with trips to Jebel Shams & Wakan Village.

Distance from Muscat

Misfat Al Abriyeen is 232 kilometers away from Muscat and can be reached in around 2 hours and a half.

Best way to reach Misfat Al Abriyeen is use Google Maps to guide you there. It is a very straight forward drive and you should not expect any trouble on the way.

A 4×4 Vehicle is not needed for this route.

Nizwa to Misfat Al Abriyeen

If you are in Nizwa for the night or are visiting Jebel Shams, Misfat Al Abriyeen is a short drive away from you. Misfat Al Abriyeen is located 55km away from Nizwa and can be reached by car in an hour.

To get there simply follow Route 21. Otherwise, I would recommend Google Maps simply because it is the best way to travel across Oman.

Misfat Al Abriyeen Trek

Misfat Al Abriyeen Trek, otherwise known as Al Mazare (which translates to the way from Arabic), overlooks a wadi with an oasis within. The wadi houses the Al Mazare hike that you can go on. This hike is suitable for adrenaline junkies without fear of heights!

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Entrance to the village
  • Start from inside the village
  • Follow the yellow, red, white flags.
Misfat Al Abriyeen Village Interior
Misfat Al Abriyeen village interior

Follow on this path till you reach the beginning of a farm where you will find an uphill slope. Follow along for views of Misfat Al Abriyeen village.

  • Keep on route for an hour
Misfat Al Abriyeen mid hike
One the way to the top

As the flags starts disappearing, you will find red markers drawn on stones alongside your path. At this point of the hike there will be a need to climb rocks and follow along narrow path till you reach the big drop.

  • On hour 2, you will be trekking a path about 30 meters off the ground
  • Climb down by holding on to the sides

At this point you will be crossing deep into the gorge where you will come cross some waterfalls, vegetation and small pools. There is not much more adventure to experience after the drop but you can keep walking till you settle on a picnic spot.

Misfat Al Abriyeen hike summit
Summit views overlooking the palm trees at Misfat Al Abriyeen

This hike is dangerous. No harness is provided and no one in sight. Do not attempt unless you are an experienced hiker.

Misfat Al Abryeen Zip Line – Oman’s Longest Zip Line

On December 20, 2018 it was announced that Oman’s longest zip line will operate at Al Hamra Country in Misfat Al Abriyeen village. The aim of this development is to promote adventure tourism within the village.

Zip Line won’t be opened till sometime in 2019.

Hotels In Misfat Al Abriyeen

What makes this blog different is that we are specialized on Oman travel. Unlike other blogs written by tourists 2-3 years ago the recommendations written here are made by an Omani citizen. This comes with the advantage of knowing what recent investments are made in the hospitality industry in comparison to what has been out there, and mostly reviewed, in the past years. Our recommendations are up to date to match the best value for your Oman given all the options known, as opposed to recommendation based on limited scope of knowledge on the area.

Misfah Old House

The ONLY hotel you should concern yourself with in Misfat Al Abriyeen. There have been a couple of other guest houses made on offer online, however, as an Omani citizen I can assure you they do not compare to Misfah Old House when it comes to authenticity.

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Common area at Misfah Old House

It’s not The Chedi Muscat but it is still an Omani treasure. Misfah Old House offers traditional accommodations that are made by local Omani families. You can experience a taste of old Omani lifestyle within this hotel.

The breakfast in Misfah Old House is made by the locals in the village themselves as there is no kitchen on sight! I recommend booking the master suite as it has more privacy in comparison to the other rooms on site.

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Traditional door at Misfat Al Abriyeen Village

In terms of providing an authentic experience, Misfah Old House is on our list of the best hotels in Oman.

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