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Djibouti – Somaliland – Ethiopia Overland Tour

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  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Countries: Djibouti - Somaliland - Ethiopia Overland
  • Availability: Every year, November 2 to 16.

Tour Details

In the Horn of Africa, you’ll find a fascinating blend of cultures, from nomadic herders to traders from the Arab world. The region is also home to some of the continent’s most remote and breathtaking landscapes, where intrepid travellers can experience the taste of the wild at its finest.

Our trip begins in Djibouti and includes a visit to Lac Abbe, one of the world’s most saline places (40%) and the lowest point in Africa (-150 m). It also includes a visit to Lac Assal, whose limestone chimneys that emit gas were the inspiration for the film Planet of the Apes.

The moment you cross the border into Somaliland, you will feel as though you have entered a whole new world. Few people ever make it to Somaliland, and you will encounter friendly people who will be pleased to host you in their homes. Our journey will take us to the markets of Borama, Hargeisa and Berbera. We will also visit the rock art of Dhagax Khorre and Laasgeel. We will also trek into the mountains of Sheikh before ending in Hargeisa.

The landscape is wild and unspoiled, inhabited by nomadic tribes that have barely changed over time. It is not for everyone – creature comforts are not always easy to find. If you are an African enthusiast who wishes to see a part of this magical continent that is authentic and traditional, it could be a rewarding experience.

You will travel from Hargeisa to Togwajale, a border crossing between Somalia and Ethiopia. On the Ethiopian side of the border, you will be greeted by an Ethiopian tour guide and you will also visit the beautiful UNESCO site of Harar, as well as the Dire Dawa market, which was built on the ruins of an ancient walled city. You will also visit Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, where you will learn about the history of the city.

During this combined trip, you will see some of Africa’s most incredible landscapes. In addition, you will also see a fascinating collection of cultures that share many roots with both the Middle East and the countries further south.

During Djibouti – We stay here overnight to enjoy the ever-changing colors of this huge salt lake. The salt lakes are surrounded by bizarre rock formations, and the sun rises and sets over them every hour. On our way to Lac Assal, Africa’s lowest point, we pass salt collectors from Afar. Then we continue to the old Ottoman settlement of Tadjourah on the coast. Overland travel through harsh, sparsely populated deserts leads us to the unrecognized nation of Somaliland.

On our trip to Somaliland, we discover some of the most impressive rock art in the world, rarely seen outside the region, in Laasgeel. Next, we visit the historic buildings of Berbera, a port on the Red Sea.

Visiting Somaliland is a delight because you feel as if you are in a different territory – few people go to Somaliland – and because you get to meet the friendly, welcoming people who are glad to have you over. Visit the markets of Hargeisa, explore the rock art at Dhagax Khoure, and hike into the mountains at Sheikh before returning to the capital.

In Harar, you can see wild hyenas and explore the narrow alleyways where still wander wild hyenas in Addis Ababa, where you can learn about the local history. A visit to Dire Dawa markets is included in the tour.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Ground transport
  • English speaking guide
  • Escort 
  • Travel permits
  • Permission letters for the sightseeing and sites
  • Site entrance fees
  • Taxation

What's is not included

  • Visa costs
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • PCR-test 
  • Flight tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for drivers and guide
  • Other personal expenses

Day 1:Arrival in Djibouti

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)

Day 2:Djibouti city

After breakfast full day city sightseeing, you will have an 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 local restaurants! and after dinner, you’ll check in your hotel. Overnight in Djibouti City at Menelik hotel or similar hotels. (BLD)

Day 3:Djibouti city - Lac Abbe

Explore the amazing landscape of Lac Abbe, a desolate salt lake with hundreds of limestone chimneys surrounding it. It was here that the classic science fiction film ‘Planet of the Apes’ was filmed. Overnight at Lac Abbe Camp (simple accommodation). (BLD)

Day 4:Lac Abbe - Lac Assal - Djibouti city

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 Menelik Hotel or similar accommodations. (BLD)

Day 5:Djibouti city - Lawyacado - Borama

We cross the border into Somaliland after a long drive. After passing through the desert, we arrive at the town of Borama. Overnight at the Rays Hotel. (BLD)

Day 6: Borama - Dhagax Khoure - Hargeisa

Experience the wonders of Dhagax Khoure, one of Somaliland’s most important rock art sites. We pass semi-nomadic communities on the way out here and stop to meet the locals. After visiting the paintings of Dhagax Khoure, we drive to Hargeisa for the night. Overnight at Damal Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 7:Hargeisa

Explore the city in the morning. Visit the markets in this city. Watch the money changers as they sit on the street with their huge piles of Somaliland shillings. Visit the memorial to the civil war and the Camel market in Hargeisa, an everyday market, and also one of the most memorable highlights of a Hargeisa trip. Overnight at Damal Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 8:Hargeisa - Laasgeel - Berbera

Visit Las Geel, one of the most significant rock art sites in the Horn of Africa, where there are numerous well-preserved paintings throughout the site. Here, the art is particularly good and Las Geel is one of the most enjoyable parts of the tour. The next stop is the coastal city of Berbera. Stay overnight at the Damal Hotel. (BLD)

Day 9:Berbera - Sheikh - Hargeisa

Explore the old quarter of Berbera, Darole, with its Ottoman-era architecture and atmospheric streets. You will then drive into the mountains and the town of Sheikh before continuing to Hargeisa. Overnight in Hargeisa at Damal hotel or similar (BLD)

Day 10: Hargeisa - Wajaale - Harar

Our journey to Ethiopia begins after breakfast. We will arrive in Wajaale. After lunch in Jigjiga, the capital of the Somali-Ethiopian region, you will depart for Harar. You will check into your hotel in Harar upon arrival. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to feed wild hyenas. (BLD)

Day 11:Harar

After breakfast, we explore Harar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The women wear bright colors, wild eagles circle the butcher shops, fresh coffee is processed, and khat is made into a paste for making tea. In addition, we will explore Sheikh Abadir’s tomb, the Arthur Rimbaud Centre, City Gates, Ras Tafari’s house, Ras Makonnen’s Palace, Jamia mosque, and the Smugglers’ Market. You may wish to visit a local bar or club in the evening. (BLD)

Day 12:Harar - Dire Dawe

After breakfast we drive to Dire Dawa to visit the old railway station built more than a century ago that has barely changed in all that time with most of the original French-built equipment still in place and still in use. After that, we visit the spice, khat, and camel markets. Witness the locals sitting in the sun, chewing their khat, oblivious to the world around them. Inhale the strong scent of dried chillies being ground into powder for sale at the market. Overnight in Dire Dawe. (BLD)

Day 13:Dire Dawe - Addis Ababa

We depart early to Addis Ababa. During the trip, we stopped for lunch at a roadside restaurant. Our arrival in Addis Ababa is around the evening. We check into our hotel around that time. Our free day will be spent relaxing in the hotel or exploring the city. The night will be spent in Addis Ababa. (BLD)

Day 14:Tour of Addis Ababa

After breakfast, we will take a full-day tour of Addis Ababa. We will begin our tour at the National Museum, where we will see Lucy, the oldest humanoid skeleton in the world, which dates back 3.2 million years. Our next stop is St George’s Cathedral, followed by lunch and Ethiopian coffee – arguably the best coffee you have ever tasted!

The second stop will be the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where we will view the tomb of Hailie Selassie before concluding at the Red Terror Martyrs Museum. We will hear firsthand accounts of the bloodshed, torture, and mass murders committed by the military junta of the late 1970s, the Derg. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to participate in leisure activities and overnight in Addis Ababa. (BLD)

Day 15:Departure

Transfer to the airport and the tour ends. (B)

Prices & Dates


  • We’ll apply prices sooner.
  • This tour is priced at $xxxx per person. Rooms are on a twin basis.
  • Single supplement is priced at $xxx or we can allocate someone for you to share with (subject to availability).
  • The deposit required to confirm your booking is $350.


Every year, November 2 to 16.
Djibouti, Somaliland and Ethiopia Overland Tour
Tour Note

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 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.

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.


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.

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