Socotra-pped On An Island Paradise: Day 4 – Where There May Be Dragons In Dixsam

by | Nov 23, 2019 | November 2019: Socotra Island, Socotra Island, Way Way Off the Beaten Path, Yemen | 0 comments

On day 4 we woke up at 7am for breakfast and rainy Habido:



…where the spotty WiFi is best caught on the rooftop:



…and where the goats love to eat our paper…



After breakfast, we made a detour to Ayhaft National Park to peek at a canyon.



After setting off for what I felt was an unnecessary hike, we all soon realized we had made a poorly timed decision as we soon got rained on and a flash flood prevented us from crossing back over to our vehicles. Yikes!

Luckily we waited for the current to slow down for about only 30 minutes before risking the ferry over.



After 3 crossings, we found salvation and drove onwards to the Dixsam Plateau, the most famous spot for the Dragon’s Blood trees.



Along the way we stopped for a scenic lunch outside:



Then we drove slowly towards Shehahon’s viewpoint.



Oddly at this point a local villager elder threw a rock at one of the tourists ahead of us for accidentally driving on his goat pastures. We just played with the kids as the drama ensued behind us:



We then set up our tents before having dinner, mingling with the folks of the local Socotri village as they performed improv for us while appropriately high on khat.




- At time of posting in Dixsam, Socotra, it was 26 °C - Humidity: 79% | Wind Speed: 31km/hr | Cloud Cover: clear


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