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Somaliland-marathon

Somaliland: leader in cashless payments?

Somalia is always full of surprises. None more so than the fact that more people make cashless payments there than anywhere else on earth. Check out this BBC article to see why and how.

Somaliland, featured in the article is also the location of the inaugural Somaliland Marathon in early 2018. We will be running packages for the event, you can view the itinerary here.

If you are keen to sign up then please contact us: info@untamedborders.com

 

Photos of the first commercial trip to Puntland since 1991

In 2016 we arranged the first commercial trip since 1991 to the very tip of the Horn of Africa. The aim was to visit the Italian colonial lighthouse that we hoped would still be there. However the joy of the trip was visiting a place very much of the beaten track and seeing what life is really like in coastal villages in northern Somalia. See the photos on our Facebook page here.

Mogadishu Add-On (Pre-Horn of Africa trip)

This trip is only available to guests who book the Horn of Africa Spring 2020 trip.  However, we can arrange the same itinerary at any time of year on a private basis.  Contact us for further details.

Date: Tuesday 31st March – Thursday 2nd April 2020

Start Point :Mogadishu
End Point :Mogadishu
Number of people: Maximum 3


Day 1 – Arrive in Mogadishu
Tuesday 31st March 2020
Pick up at airport.
Representatives will assist you with obtaining your visa on arrival. You will be taken to the guest house for your briefing followed by a trip into Mogadishu. You will be taken on an orientation tour around the city including an opportunity to go swimming at Lido beach, walk through the ruined Italian colonial architecture and see the monument to the unknown soldier. You will have an opportunity to use the security teams experience and that of a local fixer who has worked with a number of journalists to get an insight into life in Mogadishu today.

Day 2 – Mogadishu
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Once again, armed with your security team and fixer you’ll be able to visit the markets, bazaars and beaches of this traumatised yet vibrant city. This will include the harbour and lighthouse area.

Day 3 – Airport Drop
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Your security escort will drop you at the airport to catch your flight. No sightseeing on the final day.

You will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Somali guide/translator and a four-man security detail for the entire time you are out of the guest house.


The trip includes:
All accommodation
All meals at the guesthouse
Airport pick up and drop off
Local fixer/translator
Security detail with two vehicles
Visa support

The trip does not include:
Visa cost
Insurance
Flights to Somalia
Entrance fees
Tips
Meals of outside the guesthouse

Cost: US$1250
A US$400 deposit per person is required to reserve a space.

Flights and Visas:
A letter of invitation will be issued and the visa collected at Mogadishu airport. The visa costs US$50 (payable in US$)
This trip is designed to preceed the Untamed Borders Ethiopia and Somaliland trip. We suggest booking Ethiopian Airlines flight from Mogadishu to Addis Ababa on the final day of this trip.

Food:
All meals are included at the guest house. Meals in restaurants outside the guesthouse are not included.

Accommodation:
The accommodation is in a secure guest house. You will have a private room with wifi.

Guides:
When outside of the guest house you will be accompanied by a security detail with two vehicles complete with local fixer/translator. This is to ensure your security and to enable you to safely visit the areas you wish with informed and detailed information on what you are seeing.

Security:
Trips to Somalia do create dangers all of their own and whilst we want you to have as much freedom as possible we must state that the security team has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst security has improved recently in Mogadishu and deterioration to security could result in the cancellation of all or parts of the trip at short notice.