The secret of eternal life shouldn’t be something that’s easy to stumble across and by cleverly hiding it out on Socotra the gods have certainly taken that thought to heart. At 3650 sq km Socotra is easily the largest Yemeni island and traditionally one of the most inaccessible. Lying 510km southeast of the mainland, the island has developed in near total isolation from the rest of the world. Rumoured to have once been a refuge for dragons and the Phoenix, it continues to provide a refuge for all manner of extraordinary fauna and flora, much of which is found nowhere else. Because of the number of its endemic plants and creatures, it’s been described as the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’. While this is a little optimistic, there is no denying that Socotra is a unique and otherworldly island. It’s the kind of place where people speak a language unknown to anyone else, where the knowledge of how to make fire by rubbing sticks together is still common and where the elderly recall days when money didn’t exist. – Lonely Planet
THE ISLAND OF SOCOTRA
with Jeremy Woodhouse & Luka Esenko
(14 days/13 nights), maximum group size 7
Pre-tour Fri April 17 - Fly from USA to Cairo
Day 1: Cairo
Today we spend a relaxing day in Cairo where you can relax and begin to get over jet lag
We then go to the protected area in Detwah Lagoon, which is renowned for its spectacular landscape and expansive endless beach area. Stingrays can be seen in the lagoon, so take care when you are swimming. Enjoy the beach, or swim with in the clear crystal water, and photograph the wide variety of sea birds that inhabit the beach. We will have dinner under the stars.
O/N Hotel Qalansiya, BLD
O/N Camp, Dixam
O/N Camp, Dixam
O/N Camp, Dixam
The lower plain is surrounded by an impressive limestone amphitheatre. A twenty five minute walk north from the camp brings us to a breathtaking view. On our first night, we will stay at the picturesque Homil Campsite where we will enjoy a delicious Bedouin style dinner.
O/N Camp, Homhil
O/N Camp at Arher
O/N Habeeb's Lodge
Average Weather in February at Socotra Yemen
Daily high temperatures are around 83°F, rarely falling below 80°F or exceeding 86°F.
Daily low temperatures are around 73°F, rarely falling below 71°F or exceeding 76°F.
For reference, on May 22, the hottest day of the year, temperatures at Socotra typically range from 81°F to 93°F, while on January 28, the coldest day of the year, they range from 73°F to 82°F.
7 SPOTS OPEN
TOUR COST: $TBA
After completing a scouting tour to Yemen and Socotra in January 2014 we have decided to try and run this tour again in January and February of 2022 when the weather should be really pleasant, more stable with less wind so we are hoping to get some great seascapes and landscapes as well.
Each tour is limited to 7 participants plus two photography leaders (Jeremy Woodhouse and Luka Esenko) to enable better flexibility and ease of travel. We will have full board throughout the tour. On Socotra island we will be staying at basic campsites, but will have a generator for charging.
On the Yemeni mainland we have added a visit Hudaydah fishing market which is located on the Red Sea coast. This should be one of the highlights for people photography.
Tour Price Includes
- Airport pick up / drop off
- All land travel including 3 Land Cruisers and 1 pickup (to carry extra bags, equipment)
- Driver and petrol costs
- English speaking guide
- Travel permits and entrance fees
- All accommodation (hotels including Burj al Salam hotel four star in Sana’a and Hudaydah and camping)
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Treks on Socotra and in the mountains with local guides
- Boat trip on Socotra to Shoub Beach from Qalansyia
- Camping equipment for Socotra
- Round trip tickets to / from Socotra
Tour Price Excludes
- meals not mentioned in itinerary
On the mainland we will be staying at Burj Salam hotel (Sana’a) and at Al-Aqil hotel (Manakha). In Socotra, hotels are not available at most places and we will be camping at well maintained campsites. All camping gear (tents, cooking supplies, mattresses, etc,) will be provided and is included in price.
We advise you to be reasonably fit as we will be hiking outdoors every day photographing landscapes
Electricity is rare commodity in Socotra. We will not have it available every day so bring enough memory cards and camera batteries for at least couple of days
Camping gear will be provided, but you should bring our own sleeping bag. Make sure it’s light enough as temperatures on Socotra will be warm.