A journey through the wadis to the End of the World
22.03.2012 - 22.03.2012 25 °C
Out into the desert again, this time to the End of the World - although there seems to be three or four places called this around Riyadh.
About half an hour north west of Riyadh we turned of into the desert. It seems that the area we wanted to visit was closed due to people cutting down the trees for firewood, however a kind gentleman from the Ministry of Interior let us through the gate. We took an hour long route on a rough off-road track following a dried up river bed. The whole valley was a series of wadis where flood water runs, judging by the size of the valley and dam that had been built to hold back flood water there must be some serious rain from time to time. Would be a great place for a picnic or camp-out with all the trees and picturesque valley. We did at one point even come across a desert fox - a Rüppell’s sand fox (possibly); sadly it was too fast for the camera - some more info here >>CLICK<<...
We encountered several camels, some being herded, some left to roam. It seems their staple diet in the valley was a viciously thorny bush, the size of the thorns were a serious couple of inches and very strong, the leaves must be pretty tasty for them to attack this bush.
A few wrong turns and a hour later we arrived at our destination - the End of the World. It's a marvelous cleft in the rock face with a drop of 200m or so. After climbing further up some rocks we were treated to some fantastic views of the escarpment; in some parts maybe 300m high at a guess. We walked on climbing up to the peaks on the face. Hope you enjoy some photos here.
Many thanks to my friend Amr for taking us to one of his favourite places.
You can see the river bed in this photo running past the hills in the valley
Believe it or not the camels love this
Yes these camels...
Lizard of the week :-)
Went for a walk - it was a dead end...
Visitors arrive just after us
Some marvelous views were to be had from the top of the rockface.
A view from the edge...