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 – Laasgeel – Ga’an libah
Travel to the caves of Las 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. Then visit 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 good, full-day sightseeing and overnight community Guesthouse and dinner with them. (B)
Day 3Ga’an libah – Hargeisa
After breakfast explore Ga’an libah forest especially Dragon blood trees, lunch with the nomadic community then travel back Hargeisa and overnight Sugaal Hotel. (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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