Socotra vacation in Yemen
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I am a grown man, and have travelled all over Africa. But the first time I saw a tiger in the wilds of India, I cried.
In French, they use the word ‘insolite’ to describe an unusual vacation. Which sounds a bit like insolent. Rebelling against the norm.
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PlanetWe spend a significant proportion of this trip exploring the natural landscapes of Socotra, including its beaches, lagoons and caves. When visiting these areas on foot we take care to stick to the trails (where they exist!) and not to damage any of the flora, in order to preserve the unspoilt beauty of these places. We operate a strict no litter policy on our tours, including drivers, and ensure that any rubbish is taken back to the city in order to be disposed of properly. Socotra is also home to rare and endemic wildlife, and it is particularly important these are protected.
Our travelers are specifically briefed on not to buy souvenirs made from endangered species – people in Socotra do not always have the same respect towards wildlife as most travelers will have, and can sometimes
offer such things for sale.
Travelers are fully briefed on how to behave while in sensitive ecological areas such as the shorelines and reefs surrounding Socotra, so that the endemic flora and fauna, much of which exists nowhere else, is not disturbed.
Our local partners are strongly involved with conservation in Socotra, and in helping to educate local people about the benefits of this. In addition, bringing tourism to these areas helps to show local people that there is economic benefit in maintaining wildlife populations, as we employ the services of local guides and rangers in the parks / reserves where appropriate.
PeopleOn all of our tours we strive to include a strong focus on local communities and we are firm believers of tourism having the capacity to make a positive impact on the places visited. We stay at a locally-owned hotel in Hadibo and where appropriate employ the services of local people in order not only to gain a greater insight into the complex traditions here but to ensure that they gain financial benefit from our visit, rather than just being ‘exhibits’.
We try to employ the services of local guides, from the areas that we visit; not only are they able to offer greater insights and a more intimate connection with the place, but this helps to ensure that some of the income generated by our visit filters back to local communities rather than just being funnelled to centralised institutions. This also helps to show local communities that there is a financial benefit for them in preserving the natural environment.
Some of the areas that we visit are quite traditional with certain codes of behaviour, and the people here are not that accustomed to outsiders. We ensure that our travelers are appropriately briefed in order so as not to offend local sensibilities.
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