wonder of an underground world
De Al Hoota Cave is 2 miljoen jaar oud en ligt in de uitlopers van het Al Hajargebergte. Het is onlangs geopend voor het publiek. Er worden de hele dag door rondleidingen met gids verzorgd via platformen die langs de stalactieten en stalagmieten leiden die deze enorme grotten bedekken. De grotten hebben een eigen ecosysteem met diverse meren en dieren die in de grotten leven.
Estimated to be over 2 million years old, Al Hoota Cave is located at the foot of Jabal Shams, Oman’s epic mountain. It is the first and only show cave in the Arabian Peninsula with a total length of around 4.5 kilometres, of which just 500 metres is accessible to the general public.
Al Hoota Cave contains a rich ecosystem that includes four lakes. Three are small and located in the north of the cave, the other is the accessible central lake. It is estimated that the lake holds about 30,000 m³ of water, is 800 metres long and 10 in width, with a maximum depth of 15 metres. It is here that one can see the rare blind fish – Garra Barreimiae or more commonly known to us as Bu Naseh and his friends. We are exceptionally lucky to have many other animal species living in the cave including bats (Rhinopoma Muscatellum), arthropods, mollusks, spiders, snails and water beetles.