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Know anything about Socotra island?
« on: May 30, 2014, 07:09:11 am »
I got some info on this island in a random email and then thought...this is perfect DS country! Soooo, does any one know anything about it? Have anyone been there? I am guessing it will be to expensive to get bikes there so it will probably never happen, but just maybe someone has done it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socotra

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The climate is  harsh, hot, and dry, and yet - the  most amazing plant life thrives there.   Situated in the Indian   Ocean  250 km (155 miles) east of Somalia and 340  km   (212  miles) southeast of   Yemen , the  wide sandy beaches   rise  to limestone plateaus full of caves (some 7  kilometers
   (4.4  miles in length) and mountains up to 1525  meters high (5007 feet).

Socotra is one of  those "lost world" islands  (separated   from  the world six million years ago) where intrepid  travelers   -  particularly those seeking exotic nature  and wildlife in  a   remote  tropical setting - can go days on end without rubbing shoulders  with that less-than-endangered species,  tourists.
   Known  for decades as the  Galapagos-of-the-Indian-Ocean,   it's  the world's tenth richest island for endemic  plant species.
   And the biggest island in the Middle  East is 125 kilometers   (78  miles)in length and 45 kilometers (28 miles)  across.
   Meanwhile the landscape is one of  contrasts.  For example,   it  has isolated nature preserves with dazzling  wildlife   (including 900 species of plants and  the famous Dragon's   Blood  Tree (Dracaena Cinnabara)  and the some of  rarest   birds  that exist nowhere else in the world),  and  picturesque unspoiled sandy  beaches.


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Re: Know anything about Socotra island?
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2014, 08:59:18 pm »
Not yet but it looks really interesting for a visit. Very awesome looking place.
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Re: Know anything about Socotra island?
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2014, 09:29:24 pm »
That is dead centre in jihadi and pirate haunts... what a pity... :sip:
 

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Re: Know anything about Socotra island?
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2014, 08:43:50 am »
Not DS country, I would think.
No tar, so you'll only ride dirt.
No petrol either.

It's donkey country, boet.
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Re: Know anything about Socotra island?
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2014, 09:33:16 am »
heck this out

http://alive.is/
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Re: Know anything about Socotra island?
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2014, 08:51:24 am »
Not DS country, I would think.
No tar, so you'll only ride dirt.
No petrol either.

It's donkey country, boet.

an adventure is taking the wrong equipment to inappropriate places!! haha

Guess I wont do it, would love to though!
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Re: Know anything about Socotra island?
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2014, 08:53:03 am »
heck this out

http://alive.is/

awesome, I will have to read through that! looks more like Enduro riding. great stuff, adventure of a lifetime
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Re: Know anything about Socotra island?
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2014, 09:54:11 am »
Looks cool... but I would have to rob a bank to afford it. :biggrin: