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.

Destination Type
Area of Natural Beauty
Historical Site
Landmark

Location

Al-Waba Crater Saudi Arabia

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Mainul Pavel

Mainul Pavel

09/12/2020 06:56

Google review

One of the most amazing place in Saudi Arabia. It’s around 220+ kilometers away from the city of taif. 2:30 hours drive from taif. Good time to visit is early morning or late afternoon. Possible to hike down to the center. It took 1:30 minutes to go down and come back, so plan your timing accordingly if you have plans to hiking. Bring your own food and drinks because nothing available.
SRIKANTH MADDIRALA (CHANDU)

SRIKANTH MADDIRALA (CHANDU)

08/22/2020 07:41

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Wonderful moments we had there. Must go destination for those who loves adventures and trekking. Great challenge to reach the ground level of the Crater.
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