One week camping tour around Socotra 2020
Our specially-developed one week program includes the most interesting and beautiful places of the island of Socotra. The main idea of our program is to camp out in the most beautiful places of Socotra. We provide a full range of camping equipment, including single- or double- sleeping tents, travel mats, sleeping bags, etc.
Almost every day we arrange hiking trips for 2-4 hours. The program is specially-designed for photography enthusiasts. You'll see the most beautiful places of the island in the best time - at daybreak and at sunset. We will show you the places good for taking the most interesting and nice shots. We recommend you to take a good head light with extra batteries and a few spare memory cards.
All the groups will be provided with specially-arranged meals made of natural products – fish, meat and vegetables. We will try to make the menu as various as possible under the island conditions. We do not save on food. Various fresh fish, lobsters, local fruits and vegetables, a unique honey from Socotra and the world's best Yemeni coffee included in our menu.
Coming to Socotra.
Transfer by car to the east part of Socotra, where we will see Detwah lagoon, the most beautiful and famous place of Socotra.
After seeing the lagoon from various points of view
you can walk along the lagoon and swim in the sea. It will take you about three hours to go around the lagoon.
Or you can climb the adjacent hill to see the magnificent panoramic view.
Do not forget to take water and sun-protection cream. We would recommend you to wear loose clothes covering your arms and legs, as well as a kerchief or Panama on your head. It is good to have a small backpack to get your hands free.
Overnight in campsite.
Along our way taking about one and half hour you will see majestic cliffs, beautiful bays, dozens of oceanic birds and dolphins often swimming near the shore.
It is a perfect place for fishing. We will have a great change to hook tuna or barracuda.
Full day of rest on the best beach of Socotra.
Overnight in Shuab bay.
After swimming in its blue waters and breakfast we will come back by boats to Qalansiya where our cars will be waiting for us.
Now we move to Dixam plateau, a habitat of famous dragon trees.
On our way we will see Wadi Dirhur canyon from a viewing point.
Overnight at a local Sheikh's private campsite.
After breakfast we will go down the canyon on foot or by car.
The walk takes about 3 hours and is recommended for physically active people. You will need good shoes to take hikes at Socotra. Except special sandals it is also good to have mountaineering boots.
After lunch we will explore the other side of the canyon. We will walk for 3 hours through the mystic forest of dragon’s blood trees protected by the government.
We will reach the edge of the canyon, see various endemic plants of Socotra and drop in the house of the local sheik, where you can buy the famous dragon tree’s resin famous for its medicinal properties since ancient times.
After swimming in the natural fresh water pool and having lunch we will drive to the southern coast of Socotra. We will spend the night in tents among the beautiful dunes at a Stero place.
Here you can take off your shoes and walk barefoot through the dunes to enjoy magnificent sunset.
Do not forget to take your cameras and water!
We will go to the north-east of Socotra. Ras Erissel, the east endpoint of the island, is a perfect place for swimming and sunbathing.
After swimming in the sea you can have a bit of a wash in fresh water streaming between two huge sand dunes in Archer where we will spend the night in tents.
You can try to climb to the top of the dune, but it will not be easy!
Early morning you will be brought to the dunes easy for climbing to see breath-taking views. It will take you about 1,5 hours to walk up the mountain formed by the wind of impalpable white sand.
Do not forget to protect your camera from sand and to take a small backpack to get your hands free and put your shoes in.
After breakfast we will drive to Terbah place to take a walk to Hoq cave, the largest of easily accessible caves on the island. It will take you about 4 hours to climb to the cave and explore it in the company of a local guide.
After lunch we will drive to Mumi plateau, which is undeservingly visited by tourists very rare. This is a remote part of the island of Socotra famous for many beautiful and mysterious places. Here we will admire flourishing odd-shaped bottle trees most of which are higher a man's height.
We plan to spend the first night in the middle of the plateau, a habitat of a great many bottle trees, from where we will see magnificent panoramic views at sunset.
This day we will take a 4-hour walk to the largest fresh water pools on Socotra.
You will need to take trekking shoes, a backpack and water.
Do not forget to take your swimming things.
After lunch we will drive to Di Hamri marine preserve. It is an ideal place for snorkeling and diving. Snorkeling equipment can be hired at the campsite. You can also rent diving equipment and dive with a local guide.
When swimming alongshore you can see big fish, turtle and beautiful corals.
Overnight in campsite.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport.
Our basic program can be modified according to your wishes.
A flight to Socotra by Yemenya airways is on Wednesdays from Cairo.
The return flight is also on Wednesday.
Ticket price at the moment - 950$
Tour price (per person):
The tour price includes:
- Visa and documents for the purchase of airline tickets
- Transfers in comfortable Land Cruisers with good drivers
- English-speaking educated guides
- Local trekking guides’ services
- A quality camping equipment
- Rental fee of boats, entrance tickets and etc.
- Specially arranged well-cooked meals on Socotra
- Water and beverages during day trips
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