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  • 10 Days & 9 Nights
  • Tour code: SD-C/02
Tour Details

Overview

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. 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 traveler. 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 – traveling in Somaliland carries an air of excitement that more popular destinations fail to match.

Djibouti is one of the smallest and least known countries in Africa rich in lakes, dormant volcanoes and forests – Djibouti! We will admire the strikingly beautiful landscape of this tiny country, like the jaw-droopingly impressive Lac Abbe – the geological wonder with limestone chimneys and Lake Assal – the lowest point in Africa, contrasting the lush greenery and waterfalls of the Day Forest.

We shall stroll along the streets of Tadjourah, called The White City because of its whitewashed buildings and we shall have a well-deserved rest on the beach of Sable Blanc – one of the best places for relax. But perhaps the most lasting impression will be the people we will meet – proud of their country with a legendary sense of hospitality.

Djibouti, the cultural melting pot of African, Arabic and Indian Ocean influences, carries an air of excitement that more popular destinations fail to match!

The Price Includes

  • Accommodation (7 nights)
  • Transportation with driver
  • Escort (Armed security in Somaliland only)
  • Meals as listed in the program
  • Site entrance fees in Somaliland &Djibouti
  • Site entrance fees in Somaliland &Djibouti
  • English speaking guide
  • And other necessary permits

The Price Does not Include

  • Visa costs
  • Flights
  • Arrival/Departure tax
  • Meals not listed in the program
  • Other personal expenses

What to Expect

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 Damal Hotel Hargeisa or similar hotels (LD)

Day 2Hargeisa - Laas Geel - Berbera

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, lunch at Berbera and stay at the beach and overnight at Damal Hotel Berbera or similar hotels. (BLD)

Day 3Berbera - Sheikh Mountain - Berbera

After breakfast, 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. Sheikh Mountain will be a nice experience because of the view and the pleasant temperature. Back to Berbera dinner, and overnight at Damal Hotel Hargeisa. (BLD)

Day 4Berbera - Hargeisa

After breakfast, you will have two options, to have diving and snorkelling at Mansoor Hotel on your own expenses (80 USD diving and 15 USD Snorkelling), lunch at Berbera or heading to Hargeisa after breakfast and have sightseeing around Hargeisa outskirts including  Toon, the nomadic village then dinner and overnight Damal Hotel or similar hotels.

Day 5Hargeisa - Dhagah Koure - Borama

Today we make a journey westwards, visiting the agricultural town of Arabsiyo and its fertile valleys.

We call in at the rock art site of Dhagax Khoure, where among granite outcrops, hundreds of images, some over 5,000-years-old, are to be found.

Later, Gabiley is one of Somaliland’s oldest towns. Evidence suggests that stone quarried here was destined for the construction of Egypt’s pyramids.

Today, it’s an agricultural center, known as the breadbasket of Somaliland. We continue to Borama, close to the Ethiopian border, for the afternoon we work around the city and have tea with the locals then come back to the hotel for dinner and overnight at Hotel Rays Borama. (BLD)

Day 6Borama - Zeila - Lawycado - Djibouti City.

We will leave from the hotel at 5 AM in the morning, breakfast with the locals, Somali pancakes, before reaching the border stop by the historic town of  Zeila, and will have a seafood meal.

After lunch, travel to Lawyacado 25 km from Zeila and after two immigration process, you will arrive in Djibouti city and driven to the hotel after a long journey approximately 12 hours, dinner and overnight at Auberge Boulaos. (BLD)

Day 7Djibouti City - Dikhil - Lac Abbé

In the morning we’ll drive to Lake Abbé. The drive passes The Grand Barra and Petit Barra deserts. In Dikhil there will be a stop for lunch before arriving at Lake Abbe.

You will have an overnight stay at the Tourist Camp to see the amazing scenery during sunset.  The Touristic Camp is a settlement of traditional Afar huts which are very basic. (LD).

Day 8Lake Abbé – Vulcano – Lake Assal – Goubet – Tadjourah

There will be an early wake up to see the sunrise. Lake Abbé has beautiful scenery full of chimneys. During a walking tour to the Lake, you will also see nomadic people, Flamingos, and Hot Springs.

The geology of this area is very interesting. We drive to Lake Assal, the lowest point in Africa. On our way, we also visit the Panoramic view of Canyon Adaleh and the Panoramic view of Goubet. (BLD).

 

 

Day 9Tadjourah – 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 10Departure

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 Note

Current Offer

To get a group discount for your Trip to Somaliland and save 25% up to 35% – when you travel in a group of 2 people or more.

Travelling is all about shared experiences, so why not group together with friends or family and book one of our tours as a small group? If you have two or more people in your group we will be delighted to offer you a group discount.

Note

Visit Horn of Africa is committed to providing its customers with the service mentioned in the tour program under ‘The price includes’ section. Any other service including what’s mentioned under ‘The price does not include’ section is at the expense of the customer.

Custom Tours

Our custom tours are tailor-made itineraries designed for individual travellers, families, or a small group.

We can arrange an itinerary around your interests, dates, and special requests, all our tours include private drivers, private touring, unique accommodations, and exclusive experiences.

First, we encourage you to view our published itineraries and if it is not fit your interest then contact us and let us design a customized itinerary for you.

Payment Method

We always advise booking in advance. For confirmation of the tours, we require a 10% deposit payment in advance. This can be done via an online to our European Bank account in USD. The remaining can be paid upon arrival in cash USD.

However, you can choose to pay the full amount in advance via our Somaliland Business bank transfer. We will always send the invoice with all the banking details.

IMPORTANT: All wiring fees need to be paid by the customer. Visit Horn of Africa cannot be held responsible for the failure of booking due to a delay in payment.

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your booking, the following conditions apply. A deposit payment has to be made to Visit Horn of Africa 30 days before the scheduled departure/beginning of the Tour.

  • 21 days before arrival – 20% of the total tour price will be charged
  • 15 Days before arrival – 40% of total tour price will be charged
  • 7 Days before arrival – 100% of total tour price will be charged

IMPORTANT: The cancellation policy stated above does not apply if a prior agreement has been made with Somaliland Travel Agency.

Change in Itinerary

Visit Horn of Africa tries to follow the agreed tour program with its clients as much
as possible. However, under certain circumstance, we might need to change the program
due to: Road conditions, safety, adverse weather conditions, civil war, strike, cancellation
or delay of domestic flights, high-level government meeting.

Refund

In the case where Visit Horn of Africa does not provide one of the services
mentioned in the program, we will provide a refund for the services not rendered, except
in the following cases:

  1. Cases of force majeure, adverse weather conditions, cancellation or delay of domestic
    flights, civil war, strike, road conditions, high-level government meeting.
  2. Change in Itinerary by Somaliland Travel Agency if we judge that the context endangers the safety of the customer.

Domestic & International Flights

A delay or cancellation of scheduled flights is not the responsibility of Visit Horn of Africa. We will, however, provide all the necessary assistance to our customers in such circumstances. All airfares are subject to availability at time of booking. Please also note that fares are subject to change without notice and are not guaranteed until purchased.

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.

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