Somaliland is the country that isn’t. Still unrecognized by the rest of the world despite more than twenty years of de facto independence, Somaliland is an exciting nation reverberating with a fascinating history and nomadic heritage.
The Republic of Somaliland comprises the most northwesterly part of Somalia. It extends for roughly 400km from west to east along the southern coast of the Gulf of Aden, and is nowhere more than about 150km long from north to south. It lies between latitudes 8˚ and 11˚N and longitudes 43˚ and 49˚E.Read More
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...Read More
The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, a partially first-hand Greek document that details trading opportunities along the Red Sea coast and further south, includes an unusually overt and detailed description of Somaliland CAD60. Chapter Four, for instance, refers explicitly to ‘Adulis, a fair-sized village, from which there is a three-day’ journey to Koloe, an inland...Read More
Historical works tend to emphasize the medieval trade relationship between the east coast of Africa and Arabia, or to a lesser extent India, ignoring the region’s similar relationship with China, whose ceramics have been unearthed at numerous sites. Possibly this is because it has long been thought that these Chinese exports were shipped to Africa...Read More
ORIGIN According to legend, the common ancestor of most if not all Somali clans was Irir Samaale, a name which possibly derives from the phrase soo maal – literally, ‘go and milk’ – in reference to the almost exclusively pastoral lifestyle of his descendants. DNA studies suggest that the Somali share close ethnic links with...Read More
WOMEN Traditional Somali and Islamic law both accord limited rights to females, and although improved property rights for women stand as one of the few positive legacies of the Siad Barre regime, Somaliland remains a strongly male-dominated society. Polygyny, the form of polygamy wherein men can take several wives simultaneously, but women are restricted to...Read More