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Somaliland & Djibouti Tour – 8 days & 7 nights

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  • Tour Price: To be confirmed
  • Single Supplement:
  • Duration: 8 days & 7 nights
  • Starting point: Hargeisa
  • Ending point: Djibouti
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Tourist camp
  • Transportation: Vehicle
  • Age Range: 12 - 80
  • Max Group Size: 18
  • Tour Code: DJ/SL-8/7
  • Departure: Anytime you want
  • Travel Style: Group, Private
Tour Details

The combination of Djibouti and Somaliland is one of the most exciting places in the Horn of Africa: Somaliland – a country that does not officially exist and Djibouti – one of the smallest and least known countries in the African continent. While the rest of Somalia has been a no-go zone for travelers for two decades, the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland has restored law and order within its boundaries, the safety of Westerners is taken very seriously and foreigners are welcome. This is a tour back in time to the beginning of civilization. These two countries can rightly be considered the last true frontiers of African travel. Admire some exceptional rock paintings in Las Geel, feel the pulse of the fast growing capital Hargeisa, walk along deserted beaches, visit bustling market towns, and enjoy the jaw-droopingly impressive Lac Abbe – the geological wonder with limestone chimneys and the contrasting lush greenery and waterfalls of the Day Forest. Sitting at the edge of Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden opposite the Arabian Peninsula, Somaliland and Djibouti are the cultural melting pot of African, Arabic and Indian Ocean influences. But perhaps the most lasting impression will be the people you will meet – proud of their countries with a legendary sense of hospitality.

Departure & Return Location

Djibouti International Airport 

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accomodation
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • All airport transfers
  • All transportation in destination location
  • English speaking local guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Tour permissions
  • Escort (Armed security in Somaliland)
  • Ministerial fee in Somaliland
  • Site entrance fees
  • Taxation

Price Excludes

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Visa Fee
  • Insurance
  • International flight tickets
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Airport Transfer from Djibouti to home
Highlights of the tour
  • Somaliland: Hargeisa, Laas Geel, Berbera & Sheikh.
  • Djibout: Djibouti City, Dikhil, Lake Abbé, Vulcano, Lake Assal, Goubet, Tadjoura & Sables Blanc.
Itinerary

Day 1Hargeisa.

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 crashed MiG fighter plane, the markets – including the gold and camel markets. Overnight Sugaal Hotel. (LD)

Day 2Hargeisa - Laas Geel - Berbera

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. 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, lunch at Berbera and stay at the beach and overnight Maansoor Berbera. (BLD)

Day 3Berbera - Sheikh Mountain - Hargeisa

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, lunch and overnight at Sugaal Hotel Hargeisa. (BLD)

Day 4Hargeisa - Djibouti City.

After breakfast transfer airport and travel to Djibouti with Djibouti Air.
Arrival at your convenience in Djibouti city where you will be greeted by an airport pickup and driven to our hotel, Auberge Boulaos. Around 5 PM you will have exploration of Djibouti City and during this walk, you’ll go see the two most famous mosques of the country, the Hammoud Mosque as well as the Al Sada Mosque and stop by the old colonial train station.
After you’ve built up an appetite walking around town, you will head to café Melting Pot to try some of the best local food or sushi! and after dinner, you’ll check out the port of Djibouti and stop for drinks in what is probably the busiest nightlife of the Somali world. Overnight in Djibouti City, Auberge Boulaos. (BLD)

Day 5Djibouti City - Dikhil - Lac Abbé

In the morning we’ll drive to Lake Abbé but first, we’ll pass Dikhil and have a stop there. Lake Abbé has a beautiful scenery full of chimneys. There will be an overnight stay in the Tourist camp to see the amazing landscape early morning. The camp is a settlement of traditional Afar huts which are very basic. (BLD)

Day 6Lake Abbé – Vulcano – Lake Assal – Goubet – Tadjourah

There will be an early wake up to see the sunrise. Lake Abbé has a beautiful scenery full of chimneys. During a walking tour to the Lake, you will also see nomadic people, Flamingos and Hot Springs. We drive to Lake Assal, the lowest point in Africa. On our way, we also visit the Panoramic views of Canyon Adaleh and Goubet. (BLD)

Day 7Tadjourah – Sable Blanc – Djibouti City

We will first drive to Sable Blanc before heading back to Djibouti City. Plage de Sable Blancs is good to relax while enjoying beautiful white sand beaches and drinks. We will have lunch here before our departure to Djibouti City for the end of the tour. (BLD)

Day 8Departure

Heading back to the airport at the end of your trip and ask hotel receptionist taxi to the airport at the rate $20 on your own. (B)

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Tour Notes

FLEXIBLE DATE CHANGE

Change your tour or activity start date at no extra cost, in some cases up to 24 hours before the tour begins! Flexible and easy for most operators!

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour. For the latest prices, please refer to our website or contact the office.

DEPOSIT

30% deposit is required to confirm your booking. In addition, the balance will bring cash USD and payable on arrival.

WHAT IS A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT & HOW DOES IT WORK?

A single supplement is an additional fee paid by guests who are travelling alone and want to enjoy the luxury of not having to share a room. The cost of a single supplement varies by the trip.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Payment for the tour is a fundamental part of the tour’s income and contributes to the overall cost of equipment, running costs, staffing, administration, etc. As the Company will have incurred the majority of its costs before the tour starts, we need to impose cancellation charges to cover these costs. However, 10% deposits are non-refundable. If you cancel your booking.

FAQ

Is it Somaliland & Djibouti safe to travel?

The government is very much invested in distancing itself from its southern neighbor and shedding the unsavory reputation thereof, and so they’ve invested massively in the safety of its few tourists. Somaliland is a very safe and peaceful country; for instance, it’s perfectly safe to walk alone at night in Hargeisa. Guests to the country are also provided with armed escorts – more for the government’s peace of mind than yours!
Do keep in mind that Somaliland remains a poor country; though violent crimes and hotel break-ins are almost completely unheard of, there is a small chance of pick-pocketing. As previously mentioned, Somaliland is a conservative Muslim society, and women should dress modestly to avoid unwanted attention. Men should refrain from taking pictures of women in the country, as their male relatives could well take offence to this. Most conflicts are easily resolved with an apology, a smile and a handshake, however we do research the security of our destinations highly and safety is a priority for us, however, we advise you do you own research too to ensure you are comfortable with your trip.
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Djibouti one of the safest destinations in Africa, partly because of the large Western military presence. Serious crime or hostility aimed specifically at travellers is very rare, and there’s no more to worry about here than in most other countries. Apart from the odd street hustler in the centre, Djibouti City is very safe as far as Africa’s capitals go. Take care in the crowded areas and markets, as pickpockets may operate there, and avoid walking on your own in the Quartier 1, immediately south of Les Caisses market. The risk of theft and pickpocketing diminishes considerably out- side the capital.

Note that Djibouti’s security services are sensitive and active. Remain polite and calm if questioned by police officers.

How to get Djibouti & Somaliland?

Most visitors fly into Djibouti’s only international airport, which is located near Djibouti City. There are regular flights to/from Sana’a (Yemen), Hargeisa (Somaliland), Addis Aba- ba (Ethiopia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Istanbul (Tur- key), Nairobi (Kenya) and Paris. The border with Eritrea is closed; land borders with Ethiopia (Galafi and Gelille) and Somaliland (Loyaada) are open.
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Getting there has never been easier! The country now offers visas on arrival to a good number of nationalities at all its land borders and Hargeisa airport. The airport is also connected to Addis Abada with two daily flights, and also has flights to Dubai, Egypt, Djibouti and Mogadishu. The more adventurous amongst you may want to try your luck on an overland journey from Harar or Djibouti City, but from Djibouti overland be advised that these are pretty hardcore and the terrible roads are not for the fainthearted!

Visas to Djibouti & Somaliland

Visa: Both visas for Somaliland and Djibouti can be obtained at the airport upon arrival.

Clothing

Somaliland is hot and so light clothes are generally a good idea. Islamic dress applies for women. Headscarves should be worn at all times. Long-sleeved blouses or shirts are required and preferably long skirts, although loose-fitting trousers may also work. Islamic long coats, ‘manteaux’, would not be necessary.