Combining a trip to Djibouti with visits to Somaliland, Mogadishu, and Ethiopia is one of the most memorable Horn of Africa trips. You can save more money by booking these four countries together with us rather than separately.
We begin our journey in Djibouti, the former French colony of Somalia. Even though Djibouti is a small country, its scenery is breathtaking. Salt and sulfur make Lac Abbe and Lac Assal two of the region’s most picturesque lakes.
Explore Mogadishu. For many years, tourists have been unable to visit Somalia (Mogadishu). In this area, ancient Chinese and Italian architecture can be seen.
In Mogadishu, there is a maximum of ten participants on this tour due to safety concerns. In addition to our security team, we will be traveling in two vehicles. Local guides and security personnel will determine whether any changes to the itinerary need to be made.
As of now, Somaliland does not exist as a country. Although Somaliland has been de facto independent for more than thirty years, its history and culture remain fascinating.
Addis Ababa and Lalibela are the final destinations, with Lalibela being the most sacred pilgrimage site in Ethiopia. There are several rock-carved churches in the town dating back to the 12th century. Unique to these 11 churches is the fact that they were carved into the ground rather than sitting on top.
Upon arrival in Djibouti, transfer to your hotel. Due to your arrival time, you may have time to explore the capital or stay and relax in the hotel. Overnight Menelik hotel or similar. (BLD)
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)
Upon arrival in Hargeisa, you will be taken to your hotel. We will provide a walking tour of the city center if there is sufficient time. Depending on your arrival time in Hargeisa, if you arrive in the morning you will have a full day of city sightseeing, but if you arrive in the evening you will only have dinner at local restaurants. Overnight at the Damal Hotel. (BLD)
Visit the caves of Laas Geel, where rock art dating back more than 5,000 years has been found – one of the most well-preserved examples of rock art in Africa, and a highlight of the journey. A French team led by Xavier Gutherz discovered the site in 2002 during their study of the origins of pastoralism in the Horn of Africa. Along with the paintings, lithic tools were found scattered throughout the site, and there are many tombs marked with stelae and mounds in the nearby area.
There are approximately 20 rock shelters with paintings, the largest of which measures approximately 10 meters in length. Most of them appear to be humpless cows with curved or lyre-like white horns (sometimes with reddish tips) and marked udders. We will return to Hargeisa city and visit the nearby Camel farm after visiting the site. Dinner and overnight at Damal Hotel Hargeisa or a similar hotel. (BLD)
Pick up at the airport and our guide will assist you with obtaining your visa on arrival and take you to your Shamo hotel for a briefing. Afterward, you will go on an orientation then time to relax and to swim at Lido beach, come back to the hotel and overnight at Shamo hotel. (BLD)
Start the day with a visit to the fish market after breakfast. Mogadishu’s fish market is one of the most photogenic places in the city. During the morning hours it comes alive with activity. Take a look at the old harbor. It is the oldest port in Somalia. Visit Mogadishu’s iconic lighthouse, which was reconstructed during the Italian colonial era. While it is no longer operational, it remains an important symbol of Mogadishu’s maritime heritage. While the staircases were deliberately damaged during the Civil War, if you are brave enough to climb to the top, the view over the bay is definitely worth it.
Lunch at a local Somali restaurant. You will have the opportunity to taste some traditional Somali cuisine. You will visit bazaars and malls called Mogdishu Mall. Take a stroll through the shopping areas to gain an understanding of everyday life in Somalia. The SYL Monument is also worth visiting. SYL (Somali Youth League) was the first political party in Somalia. In the 1940s, it played a key role in bringing the nation to independence. From the 1950s till the 1960s. Every year in Somalia, the Somali Youth League commemorates its founding on May 15, 1943.
Monument at Dhagaxtuur. The monument symbolizes the struggle for independence from colonial rule. You can visit the Union Mosque. This is one of the largest religious sites in the Horn of Africa, with a capacity of over 10,000 people, and is also known as the mosque of Islamic solidarity and peace. Dinner and overnight at Shamo hotel. (BLD)
Upon arrival in Addis Ababa via Ethiopian Airlines from Mogadishu, you will check into our hotel. If time permits, you will be able to see the city. Otherwise, you may relax in the hotel during your free time. Overnight in Addis Ababa (BLD)
At 6:00AM, you will check in for your flight to Lalibela. Upon arrival at 09:45AM, you will visit the first of three monolithic cave churches of this 13th-century “New Jerusalem”. You will relax and enjoy free time in the hotel at the end of the day. (BLD)
At 7:30AM, you will be proceeding to visit Yimrihana Kristos Church located 40kms East of Lalibela. After your visit, you will be returning back to Lalibela where through the afternoon, you will be able to visit the second and third group Churches. End of the day, You will relax and enjoy free time in the hotel at the end of the day. (BLD)
At 8:30AM, you will be heading to the airport for your flight to Addis Ababa. On the way, you will visit the cave-monastery of Neakuto Leab. Checking in for your flight to Addis Ababa at 10:45AM will have you arriving at 2:20PM, then transfers to the airport and the tour ends, but if you would like to stay an extra night in Addis Ababa on your own, we will take your accommodation choice as dropping off. (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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