Picnic in Yemen

and gaining the letter ‘Y’

A client who had travelled with us previously was in a ‘competition’ to visit a country starting with each letter of the alphabet. There is only one with the letter ‘Y’, Yemen, and we organised a Yemen Visit.  To make things flow a bit more easily I decided on getting the visas in advance at the Yemen Embassy in Muscat, though they are available on the border I decided the company’s time in Muscat was a good trade-off to the guests time on the border. So after organising the Visa, and planning out the time around the trip, we went forward.

Beach Picnic for our Yemen Visit
Beach Picnic for our Yemen Visit

After a very nice drive through the Dhofar mountains, we arrived in Sarfait Oman where we would enter Yemen from, rather than the alternative route through the desert. An added plus, for me, was the superb scenery along the route which is dramatic and on the coast still green after the Monsoon. Having done the route earlier I planned on a simple Picnic after a few dozen kilometres where we could be on a beach, making it a bit cooler for our guests.
Fortunately, our pre-organised Visas made the border crossing relatively quick and we arrived in good time for a lunchtime meal.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4