Day 1Hargeisa (Sunday 17th May 2020)
Arrival in Hargeisa at your own leisure.
Airport pick-up and we will take you to our hotel, hotel Sugaal.
Dinner at a lively canteen off the main drag of Hargeisa. We’ll have a chance to chat with them and hear how they find life in Somaliland. After dinner, you can walk around the bustling city centre in Hargeisa, and have some chai with the friendly locals or do some shopping for t-shirts and flags for Independence Day.
Day 2Hargeisa (Monday 18th May – Independence Day!)
We’ll get up nice and early for a quick breakfast before hitting the streets to observe the military and civilian parades. Everyone will be dressed in the national colors on the street, and this is one of the only places on earth to take part in an Independence.
Day celebration in an unrecognized country!. After lunch and a short break from the heat, we’ll visit the Somaliland national museum and cultural center. A great place to chat with some local young people.
We will have a traditional dinner at Summer Time Restaurant, an institution in town, that evening and toast to this small nation! Overnight in Hargeisa, (B)
Day 3Hargeisa – Laasgeel – Berbera (Tuesday 19th May)
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 (Wednesday 20th May)
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 and lunch then proceed travel to Hargeisa. Overnight Sugaal hotel. (B)
Day 5Departure (Thursday 21st May)
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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