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Get ready for real mountain exploration drive, without the tarmac road and still reach some awesome viewpoint on top of Hatta Mountain range that span from Hatta Dam to Wadi Shawka. I have done this route almost 10 years ago and just found the old waypoints for entry and exits. If they are still accessible then we are in for a great surprise as drive up to the top will test your mountain climbing skills, 4x4 handling, low gear power, braking and starting on a steep incline with slipping stones and sweaty palms.
Plan to start from Al Munay area on Sharjah-Kalba road and detour towards Qur and then start climbing up and reach to the top and have some amazing views of UAE on one side and Oman on another side. We plan to end the descend near Buraq dam and visit that place if water still there.
I also have plan B and C, in case if an above plan fails and that's why I'm calling it an exploration drive.
When: 14 Dec 2018
Meeting time: 1:00 PM, a convoy will move sharply at 01:15 PM
Where: Al Munay's Mosque
GPS Coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/sUpbcCpQo492
Level of a drive: Fewbie - Intermediate All level
Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance
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Drive in Wadi Shawka, Dam, Track, Camping, Hiking, Cycling, Weather, Location, Photos, Videos, Reviews and Feedback from the travellers who have visited before.
Wadi Al Shawka offers many adventures in one place from offroad trails to outdoor sports like cycling, hiking, canyoning etc. Wadi Shawka in Ras Al Khaimah is covered by Hajjar Mountains from all side and the valley is filled with rocky terrain, farmland, water pools, wildlife and plenty of parking and camping spots. Wadi Shawka is a perfect place for having a family picnics, bbq and get-together in nature.
Wadi Shawka is about 1 hour away from Dubai and Sharjah and approx 2 hours 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi.
Drive to Wadi Shawka Dam: You can drive any car there as it has a flat track path with a mix of tarmac road till Shawka Dam.
25°06'20.1"N 56°02'33.2"E - 25.105587, 56.042553
For offroad adventure, Wadi Shawka offers two levels of route:
Drive in Wadi Shawka - Easy (only for 4x4 and SUV): Instead of going straight towards the Shawka Dam, you can take right towards the Canyoning parking and follow the gravel track for fun and adventurous drive to reach right behind the Shawka Dam. You can enjoy the beautiful views of the mountain and water together with plenty of shaded area for fun and picnic, bbq and games.
Starting point: https://goo.gl/maps/Mvx6PtcNecM2
25°05'50.7"N 56°01'57.2"E - 25.097427, 56.032552
25°05'42.4"N 56°02'34.6"E - 25.095115, 56.042931
25°06'15.4"N 56°02'47.1"E - 25.104281, 56.046412
Drive in Wadi Shawka - Intermediate (only for 4x4):
Perfectly bouldered and challenging track after Shawka Dam towards Wadi Esfai side, sometimes this route is inaccessible due to big rocks and deep water wading, so good ground clearance 4x4 with offroad tires are highly recommended.
Proper 4x4 with good ground clearance is must from this point onward
Wadi Shawka Starting point: https://goo.gl/maps/3jAgDXtLxsB2
25°06'11.4"N 56°02'57.2"E - 25.103179, 56.049213
Waypoint 1: https://goo.gl/maps/EgVjapcFY4S2
25°06'18.4"N 56°03'42.2"E - 25.105111, 56.061711
Waypoint 2: https://goo.gl/maps/pkx7h5aPrVL2
25°06'11.5"N 56°04'34.8"E - 25.103180, 56.076341
Waypoint 3: https://goo.gl/maps/smFU7vDsV5Q2
25°05'54.9"N 56°06'04.0"E - 25.098587, 56.101118
Wadi Shawka Finish point: https://goo.gl/maps/Qi4T8ANNPiS2
25°05'47.9"N 56°07'20.2"E - 25.096628, 56.122282
25°06'00.4"N 56°05'04.2"E - 25.100111, 56.084500
Shawka Bicycles: https://goo.gl/maps/KkV1HkShpuS2
25°05'01.4"N 56°01'17.5"E - 25.083726, 56.021531
Shawka Cycling Starting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/Vy1UcLwtHTo
25°04'49.1"N 56°01'34.3"E - 25.080298, 56.026204
Shawka Hiking: https://goo.gl/maps/SxbJmM4Fd4z
25°06'47.1"N 56°02'01.6"E - 25.113092, 56.033769
Shawka Pools Access (easy): https://goo.gl/maps/aRigoiBv6Xw
25°06'13.8"N 56°01'37.4"E - 25.103821, 56.027067
Heritage Village: https://goo.gl/maps/hH9y2aS1Uzk
25°06'11.7"N 56°02'28.9"E - 25.103249, 56.041350
Wadi Showka Canyoning Parking: https://goo.gl/maps/6rJjHRafsfF2
25°05'51.9"N 56°01'47.1"E - 25.097745, 56.029747
Wadi Shawka Dam Aeriel View
Tripadvisor - 4 out 5 based on 25 reviews Google: 4.3 out of 5 based on 83 reviews There are very few grocery shops and restaurant around for quick bites and snacks, so it's always better to pack your food in advance, as choices here are quite limited.
25°05'54.3"N 56°01'34.0"E - 25.098421, 56.026111
25°05'53.6"N 56°01'41.5"E - 25.098221, 56.028185
Mosque for Friday Prayers: https://goo.gl/maps/oofPYFeLDsz
25°05'50.5"N 56°01'44.3"E - 25.097347, 56.028958
Small Mosque: https://goo.gl/maps/hiLPCvV5Dvw
25°05'49.5"N 56°01'37.9"E - 25.097090, 56.027191
Best time to visit: October to May, when the weather is not too hot for outdoor. Careful during the rainy season.
Wadi Shawka Weather: Wadi Shawka temperature is slightly lower than the city temperature by 2-5 degrees. Maybe a lot lower if you can find a good shade under the trees.
Wadi Shawka Entrance Fees: There are no charges to visit or using public areas
Timing: It is open 24/7, 365 days, but to enjoy nature daytime is better.
Wadi Shawka Camping: You can camp anywhere safely, but be careful of wildlife especially after dark.
Essentials: Outdoor clothing and closed footwear, Online GPS is a must for driving (offline is even better), carry plenty of water and food if you plan to stay outdoors for long hours.
Keep it clean: Don't litter anywhere, because trash cans, plastic and glass kill wildlife.
Emergency: If bitten by a snake or a Scorpio take a picture or remember the colour and size and rush to the nearest hospital for a specific antidote for that species. Keep yourself calm, so your blood pressure and heartbeat stay low to help you minimize the effect.
Feedback: Please leave your feedback below if you have been to Wadi Shawka and like to add something more.
Wadi Shawka Track: In KMZ and GPX format below
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Wadi Shawka.kmz Wadi Shawka.gpx
It's a perfect time for enjoying some wadi excursion now after few sand off-road and on-road trips. Next on the card is picturesque landscape of wadi shawka in RAK. This will be soon next green tourist destination of RAK. Thanks to the Shawka dam that holds 275,000 cubic meter of rain water to slowly disperse evenly to protect farms and enhance the greenery of this beautiful wadi and preserve wildlife. It is ideal location for family recreational and picnic get together with bbq.
Plan is to enjoy the Shawka dam surroundings and find a good spot for lunch and bbq like always. After the lunch we will explore the wadi shawka track more deeper inside and hoping to exit from the back side of the shawka if condition permits or else return to entrance for safer exit.
Read more about what all you can do in Wadi Shawka
What to expect: Mountain track, Shawka Dam, Water ponds, greenery, birds, hiking trek & great company.
Date: 03 March, Friday, 2017
Meeting time: 12:30 PM
Meeting point: Last ADNOC at sharjah - kalba road
GPS Coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/sr2UeSoppzt
Level of drive: Slightly challenging after lunch, hence only 4x4 's with reasonable ground clearance are preferable
What to bring along: Stuff for BBQ or lunch with a little extra to share with all, grill, charcoal, lighter fluid and BBQ meat or chicken, water, liquids, smiles, stories, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
Approximate finish time: 6 - 7 PM
List of participants:
Gaurav Khanna - 050 5258706 Waqas Zohair - 056 1777392 Habeeb - 056 9761559 Kavin - 056 6442684 Mujtaba - 050 8100074 Srikumar - 055 9567471 Girish - 050 7446740 Rahul Rahimdad Kadwani - 050 6749099