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Welcome to the Somalia / Somaliland

Somaliland; to most it doesn’t sound very familiar. Yet it really exists! It’s the northern part of Somalia. The region has declared itself independent of the rest of the country, but it has never been internationally recognised. Travelling to Somaliland is safe and special. You meet hospitable, proud people who often feel honoured that you are visiting. You will also find the ancient rock paintings of Laas Geel. Moreover, during this tour you will experience the independence day celebrations.

General info

Start dateTuesday 17 May 2022
End dateMonday 23 May 2022
Days7 days / 6 nights
Price€ 1,495
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Letter of Invitation
Breakfast
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 40 per night)
Insurance
Visa
Lunch & Dinner
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website.

Itinerary

Tuesday 17 May – Hargeisa

  • Arrival in Hargeisa, you will be picked up by the local guide at the airport.
  • Meet the group at the hotel and have dinner together.
  • Walk through the centre of Hargeisa, meet the locals and buy some souvenirs to use for Independence Day.
  • Overnight stay in Hargeisa.

Wednesday 18 May – HargeisaINDEPENDENCE DAY

  • Highlight: We get up early to prepare for Independence Day celebrations. A unique moment, because you are celebrating the independence of a non-existent country. Expect lots of colours and enthusiastic Somalis.
  • Highlight: We are watching the great military and civil parade.
  • We visit the National Museum & Cultural Centre, the most important museum of Somaliland.
  • Overnight stay in Hargeisa.

Thursday 19 May – Hargeisa

  • We drive to Massala View. From here you have a great view over Hargeisa. You can see the most important buildings of the city and the characteristic Naaso Hablood hills. These hills are also known as the ‘women’s breast hills’.
  • British cemetery, here are many fallen Britons from the time of the Second World War.
  • During lunch you will meet a number of intellectuals who will tell you more about Somaliland.
  • Highlight: We walk over the central market and will see, among others, the famous money changers. Due to inflation they work here with large packages of banknotes.
  • Hargeisa War Memorial, this monument stands in the middle of the city and stands for the fight for independence.
  • Overnight stay in Hargeisa.

Friday 20 May – Hargeisa – Laas Geel

  • We are going to the big animal market of Somaliland. A lot of camels and goats are traded here. A great place to learn more about rural life.
  • Drive to Laas Geel.
  • Highlight: We visit the rock drawings of Laas Geel. These are the oldest rock drawings in the horn of Africa and they are very well preserved.
  • Drive back to Hargeisa.
  • Free time.
  • Overnight stay in Hargeisa.

Saturday 21 May – Hargeisa – Berbera

  • Drive to Berbera, the main port of Somaliland.
  • Visit to the Ottoman mosque and nearby houses.
  • Short boat trip through the port area, where we search for shipwrecks.
  • Afternoon at the beach, you can go swimming, relaxing or snorkeling / diving (optional).
  • Highlight: We take a walk through Berbera, where you will see a lot of Ottoman, Persian and British architecture.
  • Overnight stay in Berbera.

Sunday 22 May – Berbera – Sheikh- Hargeisha

  • Free morning, before we move on again.
  • Drive to the mountain village of Sheikh.
  • Short walk with a traditional tea.
  • Drive to Hargeisa.
  • Overnight stay in Hargeisa.

Monday 23 May – Hargeisa

  • End of tour.
  • OR: continue with the Grand Eritrea Tour.

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