DAY 1 – HARGEISA
Arrive in Hargeisa and transfer to your hotel, Spend the afternoon exploring the city and seeing some of its sights, including the War Memorial with its unusual monument of crashed MiG fighter plane, the markets – including the gold and camel markets. Overnight Sugaal Hotel.
DAY 2 – HARGEISA – DHAGAH-KURE – BORAMA
A full day excursion eastwards, visiting the town of Arabsiyo and its valleys, on the way to Gabiley. Gabiley is known as the breadbasket of Somaliland and is renowned for its agriculture. We will also visit the rock art site at Dhagah Khoure and then to Borama, for the night. Overnight Borama Rays Hotel. (B)
DAY 3 – BORAMA – JUFO – HARGEISA
Borama is an important education centre and is the home of the historic Amoud University. The first post-war institution of higher learning throughout Somaliland. Morning Borama sightseeing and Amoud University then back to Hargeisa. On the way back we stop at the nomadic settlement of Jufo, before returning to Hargeisa. Overnight Sugaal Hotel Hargeisa. (B)
DAY 4 – HARGEISA – LAASGEEL – BERBERA
Travel to the caves of Laas Geel, where rock art dating back 5,000 years has been found – one of the best-preserved examples in all of Africa and a real highlight of the trip. After visiting the site we continue to Berbera on the coast, with its interesting architecture from both the Ottoman and British periods, which we explore. Overnight Maansoor Berbera. (B)
DAY 5 – BERBERA – SHEIKH – BURAO
We spend the morning exploring Berbera. After lunch, we leave the city and travel through the mountains to Sheikh, through fantastic scenery with great views of the dry plains below. At Sheikh we visit the ruins of Ferdusa, a city dating back to the 16th century. We then proceed the travel to Burao. Overnight Burao Deero Hotel or similar. (B)
DAY 6 – BURAO – MADUNA – ERIGAVO
Early breakfast travel to Erigavo and on the way stop by Maduna, Maduna in the Sanaag region near to the town of Eel Afwayn is a major site of the Islamic period with the architecture of probably early medieval times, located on high ground in a mountainous landscape. There are standing house structures with some rooms still with roofs. The locals warn about the snakes they have encountered at this site at various times, then reach Erigavo late afternoon and overnight Adami hotel Erigavo or similar. (B)
DAY 7 – ERIGAVO – DAALLO – BURAO
After breakfast travel to Daallo or as it is officially known, Golis range mountains are located near the town of Erigavo, in the middle of the Sanaag region in Northern Somalia. Daallo Mountains have an elevation of some 4000 feet then back to Erigavo City and travel back to Burao, Overnight Burao Deero Hotel or similar. (B)
DAY 8 – BURAO – GA’AN LIBAH – HARGEISA
Drive back to Hargeisa via Ga’an Libah, a tall limestone ridge that rises to an elevation of 1,720m. Ga’an Libah is a surprising example of the diversity of Somaliland. The name means ‘lion’s paw’ and although lions have long been extinct here this well-watered and comparatively lush region holds a diversity of wildlife including kudu, hyena, gazelles, baboons and leopard. Situated high on an escarpment, Ga’an Libah receives more rainfall than most of the country and many parts are thick with trees – birdlife here is also quite after sightseeing back to Hargeisa at night and overnight in Sugaal Hotel Hargeisa. (B)
DAY 9 – DEPARTURE
Heading back to the airport at the end of your trip and ask hotel receptionist taxi to the airport at the rate $10 on your own. (B)
Somaliland is the country that isn’t. Still unrecognised by the rest of the world despite more than twenty years of de facto independence, Somaliland is an exciting nation reverberating with fascinating history and nomadic heritage. Our group tours and tailor made holidays to Somaliland take you to a country that could not be further off the tourist trail, and can rightly be considered to be one of the last true frontiers of African travel. From the modern capital Hargeisa to the ancient port of Berbera, from desert communities to some of the best rock art on the continent, Somaliland has much to offer the intrepid traveller. It’s a wonder that more people haven’t woken up to the subtle charms of this intriguing nation. But then perhaps that’s no bad thing – travelling in Somaliland carries an air of excitement that more popular destinations fail to match.
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