photo © Simon Norfolk


Soqotra with Simon Norfolk ...

Whenever I post one of my pictures from the Yemeni island of Soqotra, I get lots of messages about it being people’s 'dream photography location;' ‘how do you get there?’ ‘How can you photograph these legendary trees and beaches?’ For the first time ever, I’m leading a photography tour. To Soqotra, in November 2021, a group of just 8 with the help of my friends at Ishkar. White sand beaches, hiking under a full moon and (hopefully) bio-luminescent seas. The phrase ’trip of a lifetime’ is much over-used, but not this time. More details here:

As a consequence of its isolation, Soqotra (سُقُطْرَى‎ ) has been described as "the most alien-looking place on Earth” - up to one third of its plant life is endemic. Territorially part of Yemen, Soqotra, is an archipelago of four islands located in the Arabian Sea. The largest island, also known as Soqotra, lies about 150 miles east of the Horn of Africa and 380 miles south of the Arabian Peninsula. ...

Here photographed, the astonishing white sand beach at Detwah Lagoon near Qalansia (or Qalansiyah). Soqotra