8 Days Trekking Tour Socotra
Day 1: Your adventure starts in Cairo (Egypt) – Flight at 2.00 am.
Arrival on Socotra at 8.45 am - Ayhaft Cayon/ (2 Hours Trek)
We will pick you up at the airport and transport you to Ayhaft Canyon National Park. In the canyon (wadi), you will enjoy large fresh waterpools where you can swim or soak. All around you, there will be Tamarind trees, Cucumber trees and a wide variety of birds such as Socotra Sparrow, Socotra Sunbird and both Socotra and Somali Starlings. In fact, Ayhaft is considered as a natural nursery due to its large abundance of endemic trees, plants and birds. It is one of bird watching spots.
Overnight will be camping at Ayhaft.
Day 2: Wadi Daneghan-Kishan-Adoho Dema'alah
After an early breakfast, we will drive to Wadi Daneghan, the start point of the trek. After loading our stuff on a camel, we will hike for 3 to 4 hours. On the way to Kishan, we expect to cross wadies and walk among the endemic plants such as croton socotramo, Adinum, pass by a granite wadi. Lunch in Kishan. After picnic, we will carry on to Adoho Dema'alah at some 600 meters.
Dinner and overnight in Adoho Dema'alah
Day 3: Adoho Dema'alah - Fa'arah Da'arho
In the morning we will trek to the highest peak called Fa'arah at 1525 meters to have a nice view of Hadiboh. Of course that place is full of vegetation although the peak high up is naked granite. We continue trekking to Wadi Da'aharoh .
Dinner and camp in Da'aharoh
Day 4: Da'arho-Firmhin Forest - Wadi Derhur
The Firmhin forest is the last dragon's blood woodland. Nowhere else in the world can one find dragon's blood trees in such density. Local people will show us how they used to collect - and still collect on a smaller scale - the precious red resin of the tree. We will continue hiking to Derhur canyon (wadi) where we will see unusual yet beautiful rock formations and can swim in the pool.
Dinner and overnight at Wadi Derhur
Day 5: Diksam Plateau – Ameq sandy beach, Dagub Cave
In the morning we hike up to Diksam plateau, we meet the car and we head to the south, to Ameq sandy beach, where we can swim in the clear water of the Indian Ocean. Lunch at Dagub cave, which overlooks a scattering of traditional villages below. The cave has many stalactites, stalagmites and pools of water. We visit the colossal sand dunes of Hayf and Zahek, pushed up against the mountainside by the seasonal winds of Socotra.
Dinner and overnight at a local house in Diksam
Day 6: - Dihamri Marine Protected Area, Arher freshwater creek and beach
After breakfast, we will drive to nearby Dihamri marine protected area. It boasts one of the richest coral reefs on the archipelago. You can relax on the beach in palm leaf huts, swim and snorkel in the bay. Snorkeling gear can be hired here. Marine species you will see include: parrotfish, moray eel, rays, sea urchins. Divers can use the Dihamri Diving Center and go for a guided dive. You can do one or two dives here, as there are five different diving sites here. In the afternoon, we will trek to the northeast of the island and will have our lunch in a small cave. We will spend the rest of the day in Arher where a fresh creek coming out from a granite massive is meeting sea water on the beach. You can relax on green grass around the creek, swim in the sea or if you feel fit you can climb a huge sand dune to get a fantastic view over this charming spot.
Dinner and overnight at Arher
Day 7: Hoq Cave, Homhil Protected Area with stopover at Qaria Lagoon
We will make an early start to drive to the base of Hoq cave in Terbak village. Before the sunshine gets too hot, we will walk up to the entrance of the cave. It is more than 3 km long with a water pool at the end and holds a wealth of Socotri history. Inside, you will see stalactites, stalagmites and crystalline formations. Ancient writings on the cave walls and also what appears to be a picture of an old trading ship have been preserved over the ages by a calcite glaze. After lunch we will drive to Homhil, a protected area with fabulous sceneries that give you a kind of prehistoric feeling. We will stop at Qaria lagoon en-route, the largest lagoon on the island and we will hopefully see flamingos, herons and greenshanks. Once at Homhil, we can choose from a selection of walking trails. You will be astonished by the prehistoric atmosphere of the landscape rich with dragon blood trees and bottle trees.
Dinner and overnight in Homhil campsite
Day 8: Departure from Socotra
After an early breakfast, we will drive you to the Socotra Airport.
Flight at 9.45 am - Arrival at Cairo Airport at 2.45 pm
- Flight Cairo (Egypt) - Socotra (Yemen) - Cairo (Egypt)
- Accomodation : camping and when required Hotel
- 4x 4 vehicles for the whole trip
- Transportation from and to the airport
- English speaking, well trained and experienced local guide (one of the best botanic guides on Socotra)
- Food, cooking equipment, cook
- A sufficient supply of water for the whole trip.
- Protected areas fees and all other fees.
- Some local guides at specific places
Services not Included:
- Personal insurance
- Guide’s and driver’s tips