It is particularly interesting to visit Djibouti, Somaliland, and Somalia in the Horn of Africa, as well as South Sudan: Somaliland, which does not exist, and Djibouti, one of the smallest countries on the continent. South Sudan is the newest nation in Africa and Somalia (Mogadishu) has been a no-go zone for travelers for the past 20 years.
Our journey begins in the former French colony of Somalia, now known as Djibouti. Despite being a very small country, Djibouti has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Lac Abbe and Lac Assal are two of the most picturesque lakes in the region due to their salt and sulfur content.
In moving to another part of greater Somalia, we now move to what was a British protectorate and is now the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland. There has been no recognition of its sovereignty by international organizations since 1991, when this de-facto state declared independence from the rest of Somalia.
We then proceed to the Mogadishu Tour, which includes Liido Beach, the lighthouse, markets, and Peace Park. During the course of two nights and three days, our guide took us to the city’s most important attractions. Due to safety concerns, this tour is limited to ten participants. We will be traveling in two vehicles with our security team. Any changes to the itinerary will be determined by the local guides and security personnel.
As a final point, we will have been able to visit not one, but two ethnic groups in South Sudan. It will be an amazing experience to meet warm local tribes and to see some of the most incredible things that most foreigners have never seen before.
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, 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)
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)
Fly into Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. If you have time according to your arrival time in Juba, spend the rest of the day exploring the Konyo-Konyo market. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Juba. (BLD)
Breakfast at the hotel in the morning. Visit Juba University, which was founded in 1975 in response to the need for higher education in the southern areas of Sudan. This is an excellent opportunity to meet South Sudan’s brightest students. Tomb of Jubek – Jubek is one of the most important figures in Bari culture, whose history is rife with tensions. Because Jubek is highly regarded in the country, the capital is named after him. Konyo Konyo is South Sudan’s largest market. It is an incredible fusion of the diverse ethnicities of South Sudan. In the afternoon, departure to Mundari camp – the driving time varies, as the Mundari camp always moves around. From 15 minutes to three hours! During the drive, we stop at small villages or for photo opportunities. As you continue onwards, you will be introduced to a Mundari settlement, where the village chief will personally grant you further access to the tribe.
Highlight of the trip – The herders will return to the village around sunset with their livestock in masses and begin preparing them for the evening. In addition to creating a unique atmosphere, the smoke prepared by the Mundari to repel mosquitoes will create a mist. An evening of games with the Mundari people and an overnight camping trip. (BLD)
Wake up early in the morning to watch or participate in the herders preparing their cattle for the day. Locals are always busiest in the morning. They will be glad to help you with any chores.
In the afternoon, we’ll have lunch before returning to Juba. After that, we’ll check into our hotel rooms and freshen up. You will pass the Presidential Palace – the home of South Sudan’s leader, Salva Kiir Mayardit, who is easily identifiable with his cowboy hat. Visit the John Garang Mausoleum – John Garang promoted Sudanism, an ideology that was meant to bring all Sudanese together regardless of their ethnicity (Animists, Christians, Muslims, Arabs, Blacks) and embrace all cultures. We will end the day exploring Juba’s Craft Market and having a farewell dinner with our local guides. In the evening, we will explore Juba’s nightlife. (BLD)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and end of the tour. (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.
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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.
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