Makkah Province
Area of Natural Beauty

Al Wabhah Crater - Makkah Province

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Description

Located about 250 kilometers away from the city of Taif, on the western edge of the Harrat Kishb plateau in Makkah Province, the natural wonder of Al-Wabhah is one of its kind with its hollow structure and opaque lake in the center. It is 250 meters deep and 2 kilometers in diameter and is more famously known as Maqlaʿ Ṭamiyyah.

Tourism

The trek down to the bottom of Al-Wabhah Crater used to be extremely challenging and the climb back up was twice as challenging because of how steep and slippery the crater was. Over the course of the past few years, it has been modified to make it a tourist-friendly spot by building a stone wall, a trail, a mosque at the end of the entrance road, and picnic shelters around the rim.

Trekking Down to the Bottom

Beautiful as it is on the surface, the real wonder is at the bottom of the crater. As you enter the crater from the northern trail, you see white sodium phosphate crystals that make up a beautiful glittering crust in the center. The trek to the bottom can take around 45 to 50 minutes but every second of it is worth it as you go deeper and deeper into the heart of this mind-boggling natural wonder. 

Whenever the area gets some rain it transforms into a pearly lake which, along with the green vegetation at the rim of the center, makes for a magnificent sight. While the desert around the crater is barren, the crater itself hosts beautiful palm trees and shrubs. A dried lava field is also visible on the northern edge of the hollow.

Location

Al-Waba Crater Saudi Arabia

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Teresa Allen (Tesia)

Teresa Allen (Tesia)

05/21/2022 10:54

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Beautiful place, free to enter but you cannot go down to the crater. It has a few shaded spots perfect for picnic.
Suzie Vesper

Suzie Vesper

04/09/2022 12:03

Google review

After the drive from Jeddah, we parked in the carpark and walked to the edge to take photos. The crater is very impressive in person! I had thought I would be upset that you can no longer walk down into it but I didn't actually feel a need to do that when I saw how steep the sides are and how far down it is. I was quite happy to walk around the edge of the crater. We then set off driving to the right of the carpark around the crater where you could see car tracks until we got close to opposite the car park but further back from the edge. We set up camp for the night on the flat areas here close to the lava fields. Note the ground is quite hard so you need good pegs! The lava fields themselves are also very interesting with lots of fissures and flow marks created when the lava cooled and set. The next day, when we drove out, the helpful person who is based on site let us put our rubbish there.
sha ban

sha ban

01/29/2022 04:42

Google review

Nice place. You can camp around the crater, but like someone mentioned after two young men died there , its no longer allowed to track down the crater. If you want to go all the way down, you have to take permission from Ministry Tourism in Taif, and also medically fit to do the track. There is also a kind watchman who minds the place, and lets you use his restroom. Nice experience if you like starry night.
Jessica Kozloff

Jessica Kozloff

01/20/2022 08:36

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A quiet and beautiful place. We were the only people there for sunset. The local police came to check on us to make sure we were ok or if we needed anything, and we chatted. They asked what country we were from :) We ended up camping nearby. There were some cute local dogs that played near our campsite at night but they were friendly and happy and never caused mischief.
Elspeth Ong

Elspeth Ong

01/01/2022 08:55

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Very scenic crater! Unfortunately the trail was closed, patrol car told us there were some deaths in the past few days. Visitor center and toilets are also closed. We walked part of the way around the crater towards the trailhead, left of the car park.
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