In order to preserve the beautiful landscape, flora and fauna of the Asir, the Saudi Government set aside 450,000 hectares of the land and sea in 1976, to form the Asir National Park.
Take a hike in the nature to the various parks inside Asir National Park such asAl Qara’a, Al Souda, Al Wardeh, Dalafan, Al Jarrah, and Al Hassab.Wander around the juniper forests and spot some of the 170 bird species that make this region their home.
Take in the jaw dropping scenery in Soudah and marvel at the highest mountains in Saudi Arabia including the tallest peak, Jebel Soudah rising to 2910m. The mountains are famous for the mist covering the mountain tops making the atmosphere almost mystical. It is always cool and serene up here. Enjoy a picnic in full privacy with only the wildlife to interrupt the silence.
Take the Al Soudah cable car ride down to Rijal Alma’a heritage village. Visit the museum and the traditional food restaurant or just take a stroll in the beautiful valley. Don’t miss the beautiful interiors full of al Qatt al Asiri.
The name Habalah comes from Arabic word “habl” meaning “rope”. This tribe had been located by a helicopter out spotting for mining research center, at the foot of a perilous rift.
Why has a place of such difficult access been chosen? – The official account, according to which a clan of the Qahtan tribe had fled the Turks years before, had taken refuge in this perilous area.
This ancient village was built halfway down a cliff, accessible by ropes only.
The site is a unique piece of Saudi history but unfortunately it has become quite commercialised in the last few years, however, it’s still worth the visit.