This new Horn of Africa tour offers travelers the opportunity to discover five fascinating and friendly neighbors.
There are a number of highlights of this new adventure destination, including Somaliland (not to be confused with greater Somalia), the enigmatic and little-visited Djibouti, as well as Eritrea, which has recently emerged from decades of isolation and is ready to welcome the world.
There are actually more pyramids in the Sudan than in Egypt. It has good roads, security, and stability, as well as some of the most spectacular, and yet least visited archaeological sites in the world.
When you arrive in Asmara city, you will be greeted by an airport pickup and driven to your hotel. If your arrival time permits, you will have a city tour; otherwise, you will stay in the hotel for the remainder of the day. (D)
Our English-speaking tour guide will be waiting for you at the airport when you arrive in the morning to discuss the itinerary with you. Before our trip to Massawa begins in the afternoon, we will visit some popular attractions in the area. After a drive from Asmara towards the east, we head to Massawa by taking the Massawa – Nefasit route. Massawa is about 3 hours away from 2400 meters above sea level. You’ll pass through three different climate zones along the way – cool, temperate, and hot. Ghinday is the perfect place to take a short break for coffee. Before we go to Massawa. Overnight hotel in Massawa and dinner. (BLD)
We will visit the most unusual and interesting places in Massawa after breakfast. Architects in Massawa are Turkish and Italian, representing the colonial history of the Ottoman and Italian empires. Among the sites are the Old Turkish Palace and the Modern Port built by the Titians at the turn of the 20th century. Both are very popular with tourists. We depart for Keren late afternoon. Overnight in Keren. (BLD)
In the morning, we will visit the splendid camel market, where local tribesmen come to sell their animals. Our visit to Keren will include viewing the WWII graves of the British and Commonwealth troops who defeated the Italians here at significant cost. A visit to the Italian cemetery is worthwhile: there we’ll find the graves of men who died making and defending the colonial project. In the afternoon, we will depart Keren and head to Asmara. Stay in the nigth at Asmara (BLD)
Arrive in Khartoum from Asmara, you will be greeted by an airport pickup and driven to your hotel. If your arrival time permits, you will have a city tour; otherwise, you will stay in the hotel for the remainder of the day. (BLD)
A cultural tour of Khartoum after breakfast. First we visit the Archaeological Museum (temples and coeloms from the outside), which has an interesting collection of archaeological artifacts and full temples reconstructed here after being moved from the north by Assuan Dam (The Museum is currently closed, we may be able to see the temples in the outside Garden).
During our visit to Omdurman, you will witness a very special religious ceremony that takes place near the Sudanese capital Khartoum, in the Omdurman region, every Friday (except during Ramadan). We will also visit the old capital of Sudan, where we will view the Mahdi’s tomb from outside. In addition, we will visit the Khalifa’s House Museum, a museum from the Mahdiya period closed for maintenance. Lunch at Assaha restaurant. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat ride to the Al Mogran Confluence, a geographical highlight in Africa. From Lake Victoria, we can see the fast and narrow Blue Nile stretching to Ethiopia joining the wide and lazy White Nile. Overnight Acropole Hotel in Khartoum (BLD)
The first thing to do in the morning is to drive to Meroe. This ancient city is located along the Nile and contains Nubian ruins. The Pyramids of Meroe will also be visible along with the Lion Temple of Naqa and Musawwarat es-Sufra. The camp is the perfect place to spend the night.
The Meroe Tented Camp is located in Bagarwyia, about 230 km. north of Khartoum, overlooking the stunning pyramids of Meroe. The accommodation consists of 22 tents (4×4 m), tastefully furnished. There is a private bathroom hut with a shower and toilet for each guest. There are 3.5 kilometers between the Camp and the Royal Necropolis. The tents are equipped with a veranda with two comfortable chairs to relax in front of the astonishing view of more than forty pyramids. A generator produces electricity for the tents until 11:00 p.m. Guests have access to a restaurant. An Italian manager oversees the camp with the help of Sudanese staff who are well-trained. Even those hesitant to sacrifice comfort will be able to visit this arid region of extraordinary archaeological interest and beautiful landscapes thanks to this permanent facility. (BLD)
A tour of Meroe, also known as Nubia, in the early morning. It was one of the earliest civilizations to develop in the Nile River Valley. After returning to Khartoum, you will fly to Addis Ababa, transfer to your hotel, and stay at the hotel the remainder of your trip. (B)
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)
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. (BLD)
Arrive in Hargeisa from Addis, you will be greeted by an airport pickup and driven to your hotel. If your arrival time permits, you will have a city tour; otherwise, you will stay in the hotel for the remainder of the day. (BLD)
After breakfast you will take a walking tour around the city center of Hargeisa to get a further sense of the people and the city. Here you will see the central market, and the MiG Jetfighter War Memorial which stands for the atrocities committed by the dictator during the Civil War, and get some currency converted into schillings at one of the famous street exchange “offices”. Also, you will visit the livestock market where you can purchase your own camel or goat! For those who can’t fit a camel in their luggage, this market will provide great photo opportunities and a chance to see how the locals do business. Dinner at a newly opened and popular Yemen restaurant run by refugees from Yemen. After dinner, you can familiarize yourself by walking around the bustling city center in Hargeisa and have chai with the friendly locals. Overnight in Damal Hotel, Hargeisa. (BLD)
Morning drive to Laas Geel, the most important rock art site in Africa. These caves contain some of the oldest cave paintings on the horn of Africa. The vibrant colors and well-preserved paintings are estimated to be around ten thousand years old. Continue driving to the coastal city of Berbera.
Upon our arrival, visit a historical Ottoman Mosque and Ottoman houses. Late lunch was served at an Ottoman house. Take a short boat trip to go hunt for shipwrecks in the Gulf of Aden. Relax and swim at an untouched beach, where local youth and families come and enjoy their downtime. (Due to local culture, ladies will need to cover their bodies while in water.) Tour the historic town of Berbera in the early evening, where you will find more Ottoman, Persian, and British architecture of historic interest. This will be a great chance for some amazing photographs at sunset. Dinner and overnight in Berbera. (BLD)
After breakfast, enjoy some free time in Berbera. Drive to the small town of Sheikh in the mountains, stop for some tea, walk around and enjoy the pleasant climate. Visit the ruins of Ferdusa – a 16th-century city. Drive back to Hargeisa in time for the last supper! Dinner and overnight in Damal Hotel, Hargeisa. (BLD)
Arrive in Djibouti city from Hargeisa, you will be greeted by an airport pickup and driven to your hotel. If your arrival time permits, you will have a city tour; otherwise, you will stay in the hotel for the remainder of the day. (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)
Transfer to the airport and tour ends.
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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