Al Wahba is the largest volcanic crater in the Middle East and Asia. The Crater is about 2 km in diameter and about 400 meters in depth. It is located about 250 km north-east of Taif which is south-west of Riyadh, near Makkah. The research of geologists confirms that Wahba Crater is an extinct volcano and that it was not caused by an asteroid colliding with the earth millions of years ago. Some areas of the crater have greenery with wild plants and a number of trees, notably palm trees, the region’s famous Dom trees (they are named for the nearby town of Umm Dom), and Arak trees. In the bottom of the crater there is occasionally a small waterfall formed by precipitation in the region. Coating the center of the crater is a white layer of white sodium phosphate crystals believed to have been formed by a shallow lake. Small pieces of obsidian and peridot (a semi-precious stone) can be found in the crater.
You will drive for approximately 6 hours along the Riyadh-Makkah highway either in your own car or a Haya Tour car (map & directions will be provided).
A local tour guide will meet you at the main turn off and take you safely to the camp site. Traditional Saudi welcome with tea, coffee and dates, overnight tent camping on a half board basis. A guided walk down into the crater is optional.
Second option to fly to Taif airport then drive to Wahaba Crater with your guide.