Itineraries - 2020
Our Somaliland tours take you to the Horn of Africa’s most fascinating and least visited regions.
Somaliland proclaimed itself independent from the rest of Somalia in 1991. Unlike the south of Somalia, the self-declared country has largely avoided unrest and is finally beginning to forge a reputation for stability in the region.
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Create your own Somaliland Tour
If our scheduled group tours don’t suit then we can create your own tour on your own dates.
Somaliland tours are all inclusive of twin accommodation in standard hotel, private transport with armed guard, entrance fees, guiding and translations. Excluded are international flights, food, tips & insurance.
Somaliland is a very conservative society and as such, it is very important to dress appropriately. Women must cover their hair, shoulders and knees when in public.
Somaliland is not Somalia. It is a well functioning unrecognized country. All places we visit on tours are deemed safe.
You can travel on any date but the best time to visit Somaliland is around independence day on May 18th and before Ramadan.
We will supply you with a letter of invitation for you to apply for the visa on arrival.
This depends on how many people and how many days so always contact us for an accurate quote.
For example the 6 day itinerary listed below is €900 based on 2 people sharing.
Day 1 – Hargeisa
Arrival in Hargeisa. Your guides will be at the airport to pick you up.
Introductory briefing on travelling in Somaliland and a breakdown of the itinerary
Dinner at a newly opened and popular Syrian restaurant run by refugees from Damascus. We’ll have a chance to chat with them and hear how they find life in Somaliland.
After dinner you can familiarize yourself by walking around the bustling city center in Hargeisa and have chai with the friendly locals. Overnight in Hargeisa
DAY 2 – Hargeisa
After breakfast sit the two hills called Naaso Hablood (“Girl’s Breasts”), also known as Hargeisa’s main landmark. On the way we visit the cemetery for British Soldiers who died here battling against the Italians during the Second World War. Hargeisa is the former capital of British Somaliland, while Italy controlled what is now Somalia.
Lunch at a Somali-Yemeni restaurant.
Take a walking tour around the city center of Hargeisa to get a sense of the people and the city. Here you will see street money exchangers and their “chunk” of bills, the central market, and the MiG Jet fighter War Memorial which stands for the atrocities committed by the dictator during the Civil War.
- Visit the busy market in downtown Hargeisa for some evening shopping and people watching.
Dinner and overnight in Hargeisa
DAY 3 – Hargeisa & Laas Geel
After breakfast visit the livestock market where you can purchase your own camel or goat! For those who can’t fit a camel in their luggage, this market will provide great photo opportunity and a chance to see how the locals do business.
Afternoon visit to Laas Geel, the most important rock art site in Africa. These caves contain some of the oldest cave paintings on the horn of Africa. The vibrant colors and well-preserved paintings are estimated to be around ten thousand years old
Drive back to Hargeisa and spend the evening at your leisure.
Dinner and overnight in Hargeisa.
DAY 4 – Berbera
Drive to the most important port of Somaliland – Berbera. Upon our arrival, visit a historical Ottoman Mosque and Ottoman houses.
Late lunch served at an Ottoman house.
Take a short boat trip to go hunt for shipwrecks in the Gulf of Aden. Relax and swim at an untouched beach, where local youth and families come and enjoy their down time. (Due to local culture, ladies will need to cover their body while in water.)
Tour the historic town of Berbera in early evening, where you will find more Ottoman, Persian and British architecture of historic interest. This will be a great chance for some amazing photographs at sunset.
Dinner and overnight in Berbera.
DAY 5 – Berbera & Sheikh
After breakfast, enjoy some free time in Berbera.
Drive to the small town of Sheikh in the mountains, stop for some afternoon tea, walk around and enjoy the pleasant climate.
Drive back to Hargeisa in time for a last supper!
Dinner and overnight in Hargeia.
DAY 6 – Hargeisa
End of Somaliland tour and drop off at the airport.
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Somailand Tours - FAQs
Most frequent questions and answers for our tours in Somaliland.
When you sign up for the tour we will apply for your invitation letter on your behalf. This allows you visa on arrival.
For flights into Hargeisa, the main gateways are Istanbul, Dubai & Addis Ababa.
USD and Euro are both accepted in currency exchanges. Make sure to bring cash.
Generally it is about 10-15 for Somaliland tours.
Personal expenses like food, drinks, visas and tips. If you are doing the combo tour then the flight between Somaliland and Eritrea is extra. We can book this for you also.