Somalia & Somaliland
Sitting on the horn of Africa, Somalia is a link between the Arab world and the African yet with a flavour all of its own. Essentially the country is divided into three autonomous regions Somaliland, Puntland and Somalia.
Places of interest
In 2011 the African Union army liberated Mogadishu from the Al Shabab Islamist forces. Since then development and some security has slowly trickled into the city and we now can take our guests to most parts of the Somali capital. We can show you the markets – especially the atmospheric fish market, the harbour, the beaches and the crumbling Italian colonial waterfront.
We use the same services that journalists from major news organisations receive when they are in the city so if you wish to research or document any particular aspect of the city then let us know and we’ll tailor a trip to your requirements.
Contact us for suggested itineraries and dates.
In the deserts north of the Somaliland capital are the remarkable cave paintings of Las Geel. Las Geel means Camel watering hole in Somali and 6000 – 9000 years ago the people of the region covered a nearby rock outcrop with hundreds of stylised images of cows, dogs, people and giraffes. One of the horn of Africa’s most intriguing sights.
Capital of the self-proclaimed republic, it’s one of the safest places in the Somali region. It’s from this city one can venture out in to the outskirts of Somaliland, such as a trek to the twin summits of Naasa Hablood – or Virgin’s Breast Mountain – located in the scrubby desert area of Woqooyi Galbeed province. Alternatively a three hour drive will take you to the port city of Berbera on the Gulf of Aden where camels roam free on beaches and one can discover the old buildings and history left behind by the British when it formed the capital of their Somaliland protectorate.
Once a prosperous 1st Century port used by the Avalites, Zeila is now a quiet coastal town not far from Djibouti. Being located on the Red Sea there’s a considerable amount of coral reef, mangroves and offshore islands to visit which form the Sa’ad ad-Din Archipelago named in honour of the Sultanate of Ifat which ruled over the region between the 13th-15th Century.
Curious to experience what Somalia and Somaliland are like? We run a fixed date Ethiopia-Somaliland trip with a Mogadishu add-on:
We do organise tailored trips in this fascinating region as well, please get in touch for more details.