Join us for a truly off the beaten path experience in Somaliland and Djibouti, two of the world’s least visited places.
Our journey begins in the former French colony of Somalia, which is now known as Djibouti. Djibouti might be small, but it has some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Our tour will include its two most famous lakes, Lac Abbe and Lac Assal, which due to their salt and sulphur composition produce some incredible and highly photogenic views.
Continuing our journey through greater Somalia, we now turn our attention to Somaliland, a self-declared republic that formerly served as a British protectorate. The de-facto state declared independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991. However, no international organizations have recognized its sovereignty.
The region has been recovering from a brutal civil war, but it is very safe today, and the locals are very welcoming to foreign visitors. Somaliland differs fundamentally from other countries in the region – and almost anywhere else in the world. We will take you to see ancient cave art! It is one of the oldest cave paintings in Africa.
Arrive at your convenience in Djibouti city where you will be greeted by an airport pickup and driven to Auberge Boulaos hotel, lunch at the hotel. Around 4 PM, you will explore the capital city of Djibouti.
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 the city sightseeing, you will have dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Djibouti City, Menelik hotel, or similar hotels. (D)
After breakfast, we then 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. In Lake Assal, the big salt field makes you feel like walking in nowhere land. The water has bright colors that change from time to time because of the sun’s reflection. The trip ends with a drive back to Djibouti City and overnight Menelik hotel or similar hotels. (BLD)
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 a, crashed MiG fighter plane, the markets – including the gold and camel markets. Overnight Damal Hotel or similar hotels. (BLD)
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. Overnight Damal Hotel Berbera or similar hotels. (BLD)
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 then travel back Hargeisa and overnight Damal Hotel or similar hotels. (BLD)
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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