Mleiha has long been one of my favourite places and should really be on everyone’s must do list.
The scenery in Mleiha is simply stunning from mesmerising rock formations, rolling sand dunes, desert meeting mountain on Fossil Rock to sandy plains and lush gardens.
Take a stroll through time, choose one of the many exciting activities on offer, or just relax and enjoy the view.
There are numerous sites scattered around that go through various ages starting all the way back to the Palaeolithic Period 130,000 years ago. Visit caves used in the Stone, Iron and Bronze Age and Faya Cave which was used by peoples through all periods including the Ice Age when it was used as a shelter. In front of the visitor centre, you can also find the restored tomb dating back 4000 years to the Bronze Age.
Whilst there are information boards at many of the sites, your visit should include the museum located in the visitor centre where you can see some of the artefacts discovered in the digs carried out by teams from Australia, Spain and the UAE amongst others.
Don’t forget to visit the many other archeological sites on the other side of the main road including Mleiha Fort and the horse cemetery.
Why not spend the night camping in the desert? Discover Mleiha have their overnight stays in tents at the foot of the mountains including trekking, stargazing, barbeque dinner and breakfast and after watching the sun rise. All this for only 350 dhs and 250 for a child. You can also add on horse-riding or a dune buggy adventure. And if you don’t wish to stay overnight, you can opt for the Sunset Lounge package.
Other activities include dune-bashing, dune buggies and for the kids there’s a ride through the desert on an awesome UniMog (see workshops.) Take a guided tour to the top of Fossil Rock or Camel Rock and watch the sunset.
You might also choose to go horse-riding on a hack through the desert. Or you if you’re a beginner, take a training session at the arena.
Workshops for children and adults in and out the museum. Learn to be a palaeontologist, or learn about geology, astronomy and the local flora and fauna. Several packages are available but should be booked in advance.
Finally stop off at the Bistro in the visitors centre where they serve delicious smoothies, juices, cakes, sandwiches and you can enjoy a beautiful relaxing view from both indoors and outdoors.
Whatever you choose, I’m sure you’ll have an amazing day!
And finally here’s just a few more photos!