Makkah Province
Area of Natural Beauty

Al Wabhah Crater - Makkah Province

4.7Reviews

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.

Destination Type
Area of Natural Beauty
Historical Site
Landmark

Location

Al-Waba Crater Saudi Arabia

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Ellen May Quioyo

Ellen May Quioyo

11/01/2021 09:28

Google review

Really great place! But this should be maintained. There are literally a lot of littered plastic bottles along the trail. I hope the tourists will be responsible when traveling too. Plus have caution when hiking because we’ve seen a snake along the way. Who knows how many are in there.

Google review

⚠️⚠️ Important note to visitors ⚠️⚠️⚠️(17-09-2021):As per our yesterday visit and information, Still you can enjoy the crater from the top and you can take a round in to the top, but if you are coming to experience the bottom of crater and exciting to touch the wondering white Surface of the Wahbah crater, it's not possible right now. ⚠️⚠️⚠️ As we get the instruction from the watchmen, there was an accident inside the crater where two people died and the other three get breathing issues, due to this the authority is prohibited the entry. So please share and keep in mind.
Haaris Lari

Haaris Lari

09/14/2021 19:08

Google review

Hiking lover must visit, if anyone wants to go down please take enough water. Avoid hiking when it is too hot and sunny day. And never try to go alone there. There is one guard (person from Pakistan) is very friendly guy and very helpful.
Abu Alayman

Abu Alayman

08/25/2021 19:37

Google review

Awesome place to visit. View point is available to have a view of this beautiful crater. You can go down to click pics but mind your foot, the small stones are slippery. Make sure to wear a good shoe. Localites say it's not volcanic crater, but formed by s falling meteor.
Mohammad F King

Mohammad F King

08/06/2021 22:21

Google review

The location is awesome for taking photos, spending few hours or camping, but you should bring your needs with you cos no any services out there, no toilets, no water, nothing available.. You can go there by normal sedan car, no need for SUV
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