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Ethiopia – Somaliland – Mogadishu – Puntland Tour

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  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Countries: Ethiopia - Somaliland - Mogadishu - Puntland
  • Availability: Every year, November 26 to December 8.
Overview

Tour Details

Explore the Horn of Africa and journey back to the dawn of civilization. These four countries can rightfully be considered the last true frontiers of Africa. In Ethiopia, we will visit the first of three monolithic cave churches of this 13th-century “New Jerusalem”. Discover some of the most exceptional rock paintings in Las Geel in Somaliland, experience the pulse of Hargeisa’s fast-growing capital, explore deserted beaches, and visit bustling market towns. Take a tour of Mogadishu. Tourists have been unable to visit Somalia (Mogadishu) for many years.

It is possible to see ancient Chinese and Italian architecture in this area. Because of safety concerns, this tour is limited to ten participants in Mogadishu. Aside from our security team, we will be traveling in two vehicles. Any changes to the itinerary will be determined by local guides and security personnel. Last but not least, the former Somali pirate capital of Eyl now resides in Garowe in the Indian Ocean. If you travel around Nugaal, you won’t encounter pirates. Instead, you’ll find an incredibly beautiful beach that can compete with any of the world’s finest beaches.

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
Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Addis Ababa

When you arrive in Addis Ababa, 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. Overnight in Addis Ababa (D)

Day 2: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 3:Addis Ababa - Lalibela

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)

Day 4:Lalibela

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)

Day 5:Lalibela - Addis Ababa

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)

Day 6:Addis Ababa - Hargeisa

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)

Day 7:Hargeisa city Tour

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)

Day 8:Hargeisa - Laasgeel - Hargeisa

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)

Day 9:Hargeisa - Mogadishu

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)

Day 10: Mogadishu

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)

Day 11:Mogadishu - Garowe

Pickup from the international airport in Garowe capital of Puntland. After check-in at the hotel and lunch, we head around the cultural markets and historical monuments of the capital of Puntland, experience local everyday life, see the economic engines of industry and trade of the city, and villages and farms outside and the rural realities. Overnight in Garowe. (BLD)

Day 12:Garowe - Eyl - Garowe

After breakfast, early in the morning, we will visit the Somali former pirate capital of Eyl in the Indian Ocean from Garowe. After a long drive around the Nugaal region you will not run into pirates, but come across the incredibly beautiful beach that can stand alongside every other famous beach in the world! and you will not expect this from Somalia?

The pirates chose Eyl as their base, where they would trade and negotiate ransoms. On the one hand, they brought a lot of money with them, which caused prices in local markets to rise and the population to earn well, but on the other hand – according to sources from the city authorities they brought crime, drugs and prostitution. (BLD)

Day 13:Departure

Your security escort will drop you at the airport to catch your flight. No sightseeing on the final day. (B)

Prices & Dates

Prices

  • This tour is priced at $xxx 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.

Dates

Every year, November 26 to December 8.
 
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NOTE: This tour can be booked on a scheduled date or on a private basis. Those who prefer to travel in small groups can select from the dates listed below. Those looking to book anytime of the year have the option of doing so.
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.

Refund

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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