There are several countries in the Horn of Africa that have been deeply influenced by each other’s cultures throughout history, along with Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Somaliland. The Horn of Africa encompasses an area of approximately 2 million square kilometers (772’200 square miles).
The majority of the Horn of Africa countries has a semi-arid to arid climate. According to recent estimates, the region has an estimated population of 200 million people, despite the often challenging living conditions in several parts of the region. In this unique expedition, you will travel from Addis Abeba to Somaliland and Djibouti, two destinations that were unknown until recently, but have all the potential to be major adventure travel destinations in the near future.
During this 14-day adventure tour to Ethiopia, Somaliland and Djibouti, you will visit places like Danakil, Harar, Hargeisa, Dhagah kure, Laasgeel, Lac Assal and Lac Abbe. There is no doubt that this fascinating region will astonish you with its diverse landscapes, many attractions and friendly people.
Arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel. It may be possible to explore the capital depending on your arrival time. Overnight at Hotel Menelik or similar. (D)
After breakfast full day city tour this includes visiting the Archeological Museum (where you can meet Lucy, a 3.25 million year old fossil), the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the Ethnological Museum (the former residence of Emperor Haile Sellassie) and the Mercato (the biggest open-air market in Africa). Overnight in Addis Ababa. (BLD)
Early morning flight from Addis Ababa to Semera. We will then drive approximately eight hours to Erta Ale. Afar escorts will be joining us en route. We will reach the base of the volcano in the late afternoon. We will wait until sunset to begin the 3-4 hour trek to the rim of the volcano (camels will carry essential supplies, although they can also be hired if you prefer, although we recommend walking). You will be able to see the boiling lava of one of the world’s only permanent lava lakes from the rim. Camp overnight at Erta Ale. (BLD)
We drive to Afdera after breakfast and visit the Afar people along the way. In Africa, the area of Afdera is famous for its salt mining. An extremely saline lake, Lake Afdera is over 100 metres below sea level and fed by thermal springs. There is overnight camping at Lake Afdera. (BLD)
You will continue to Awash National Park after breakfast. In Awash, you will have the chance to see a hyena and a warthog at night. Overnight at Kuriftu Awash Lodge or similar (BLD)
A full day exploring Ethiopia’s oldest National Park, situated around the Fantale volcano. In the park, you can see mammals such as Onyx, Hippo, and Kudu, as well as birds such as Ostrich. Kuriftu Awash Lodge or similar. (BLD)
Early in the morning, we depart from Awash for Dire Dawa. Our first stop is the railway museum. This station was built over 100 years ago and has barely changed since then. We continue our drive to Harar. Night at Sherif Guest House. (BLD)
Enjoy a full day exploring the walled city of Harar – the 4th holiest city in Islam. There are 82 mosques in the old city, including three built in the 10th century, and medieval townhouses are popular here. Around the sacred city of Harar, walls were constructed between the 13th and 16th centuries. This particular city combines African and Islamic cultures. Nightly feeding of the wild hyenas that roam Harar’s streets is one of its more unusual traditions. Harar overnight. (BLD)
A full day to drive from Harar to Hargeisa crossing the border between Ethiopia and Somaliland on the way. As you progress you will pass out of the green Ethiopian lands into the brown scrub desert of Somalia, spotting camel trains as you drive. Overnight in Hargeisa. (BLD)
After visiting the Hargeisa Camel Market, we will take you (with your security escort) to the wonderful cave paintings at Las Geel, one of the most intriguing sights in the Horn of Africa. Overhangs of a rock in the desert contain some of the best preserved ancient cave paintings anywhere in the world. There are cows represented, people, dogs, and even giraffes in them, dating back 5000-9000 years. We will return to Hargeisa. Overnight in Hargeisa. (BLD)
We travel eastward after breakfast, passing through the agricultural town of Arabsiyo and its fertile valleys. During our visit to Dhagax Khoure, we see hundreds of images etched into granite outcrops, the archaeological site is of exceptional importance, with hundreds of images of bovids, humans, and other animals carved out of at least six different panels on a large turtleback protuberance that may date back over 5,000 years. It is true that Dhagax Koure is of great interest to rock art enthusiasts, but its overall impact is not as great as that of Laas Geel. It might be the second choice for those who cannot afford to visit more than one rock art site in Somaliland. After seeing the cave paintings, return to Hargeisa for lunch and transfer to the airport for your flight to Djibouti.
The flight from Hargeisa will arrive at Djibouti airport around 6 PM, where you will be met by a driver and driven to Hotel Menelik. Dinner will be served at the hotel and the remainder of the day will be spent relaxing at the Menelik hotel in Djibouti. (BLD)
You will certainly remember your visit to Lake Abbe, a desolate salt lake surrounded by limestone chimneys and dotted with old ruins. Those of you familiar with the film “Planet of the Apes” will already be aware of the otherworldly landscape that served as the backdrop. Guests will be able to stay at the Lac Abbe Camp.
In this trip, we will visit the crater lake of Lac Assal, which has the lowest point in all of Africa (-150 m). The lake also has the highest salinity (up to 40%) of any lake in the world. Its spectacular colors and unusual crystal formations give the impression that this is an inhabited area by Afar herders or salt collectors. It is one of the most stunning natural phenomena in Africa. Lastly, it is time to return to Djibouti’s capital city and overnight at the Samo hotel or similar accommodations.
Transfer to the airport and the tour ends. (B)
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.
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 Business 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 delay in payment.
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.
IMPORTANT: The cancellation policy stated above does not apply if a prior agreement has been made with Somaliland Travel Agency.
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.
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:
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.
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