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 a crashed MiG fighter plane, the markets – including the gold and camel markets. Overnight Sugaal Hotel.
Day 2Hargeisa – Dhagah-kure – Borama – Hargeisa
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, lunch at Borama and sightseeing, come back Hargeisa for the night and sleep Sugaal Hotel. (B)
Day 3Hargeisa – 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 4Berbera – Sheikh – Hargeisa
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. Back to Berbera, lunch and overnight at Hargeisa Sugaal. (B)
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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