When you arrive in Addis Ababa, you will be met by our driver who will take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (D)
We will visit Addis Ababa for the whole day after breakfast. Our first stop is the National Museum, where we will see, among many other historical relics, Lucy, the world’s oldest humanoid skeleton, dating back 3 million years. Our next stop is St George’s Cathedral, followed by lunch and a taste of Ethiopian coffee – arguably one of the finest you will ever taste.
On our way back to the Red Terror Martyrs Museum after lunch, we will stop at the Holy Trinity Cathedral to see the tomb of Hailie Selassie. You will hear moving firsthand accounts of the bloodshed, torture, and mass killings committed by the military junta of The Derg at the end of the 1970s. Leisurely evening. (BLD)
Prepare for a 5:30 departure to Dire Dawa by minibus early in the morning. For lunch, stop midway through the journey at a local roadside restaurant. Arrive in Dire Dawe around 15:30 and check into our hotel. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing in the pool or taking a stroll around the city. (BLD)
After breakfast, we will tour the Dire Dawa Railway Museum. There is not much left of this extraordinary site, which is only partly still in use. The station was built over a century ago and has hardly changed in all that time. The original French-built machinery is mostly still in place and in use. Following that, we visit the spice, khat, and camel markets. Enjoy watching the locals sat in the sun, chewing their khat without a care in the world and breathing in the overpowering smell of dried chillies being crushed into powder to sell on in the markets.
We will then stop at a local restaurant for lunch before taking a private minibus to Harar. An hour later, we will check into the assigned hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent at leisure with the option to feed wild hyenas in the evening! (BLD)
After breakfast, we explore Harar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will see colourfully dressed local women, wild eagles circling the butcher shops, and khat being processed into a tea paste. Additionally, we will visit Sheikh Abadir’s tomb, the Arthur Rimbaud Centre, City Gates, Ras Tafari’s house, Ras Makonnen’s Palace, and the Jamia mosque. Spend the evening at leisure, with the option to attend a local bar or club. (BLD)
Our journey to the Somaliland border takes three hours by private minibus after breakfast. Our Somali guides pick us up at the border and take us along desert roads for a two hour drive to Hargeisa, the capital city of Somalia. Arrive at our hotel in the center of Hargeisa and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (BLD)
Our first stop after breakfast is the livestock market where we see hundreds of camels and other livestock being traded. After lunch, we take a tour of the city center where we see the moneychangers with their piles of Somaliland shillings, the bazaar, Central mosque, and the MIG monument.
We visit the twin hills of Naasa Hasblood, just outside Hargeisa, in the afternoon. It is possible to see wildlife along the way, such as tortoises, baboons, and the rare beira antelope – which is native to the region. As we trek up the twin hills, we’ll be able to see spectacular views of the Somaliland desert. Back at the bottom, we will pass through a baboon’s nest that has a pungent smell (if vacant). Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. (BLD)
We depart at 8 am after breakfast and travel 60 km north to the cave paintings of Laas Geel. These paintings date from 9000BC to 3000BC. The paintings were discovered by a French archaeological team in 2002 and are some of the best preserved in the world.
After lunch, we drive on to Berbera, a coastal city on the coast. In Berbera, we will view some of the English and Russian colonial architecture. We will then head to the seafront to see the bombed and abandoned ships that remain from the Somali civil war. Afterwards, we’ll check into our hotel, which is located on a deserted beach where dolphins and turtles are regularly spotted. We’ll have the evening to ourselves. (BLD)
After breakfast, spend some time in Berbera. Drive to the small town of Sheikh in the mountains, stop for tea, and walk around. Discover the ruins of Ferdusa, a 16th-century city. Return to Hargeisa in time for the last supper! (BLD)
Transfer to the airport and 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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