Explore three of the most fascinating places in the Horn of Africa’s two least visited nations, Mogadishu (Somalia) and Somaliland, plus South Sudan.
Among them are Mogadishu, the white pearl of the Indian Ocean, which offers a variety of activities to enjoy, and Laasgeel in Somaliland, which has the oldest and best rock paintings in Africa. Moreover, you will visit the capital of the young nation and its presidential palace. Visit the Jubek tomb, talk to students at Juba University, wander the largest market in the country and see many different traditional dresses, tattoos and body scarifications.
Two nights will be spent in Mogadishu and three days of sightseeing will include Liido Beach, the lighthouse, markets, and the Peace Park. Over the course of two nights and three days, our guide took us to the key attractions in the city. This tour is limited to ten people for safety reasons. Our security team will be traveling in two vehicles. Local guides and security personnel will determine any changes in the itinerary for security reasons.
Next, we will head to Somaliland, a country with fair elections every five years in the Horn of Africa. However, it is not officially recognized internationally. It has many attractions, including caves at Las Geel and Berbera, a beach resort where you can enjoy fresh fish and relax on a totally deserted beach.
By the end of the trip, you will have gotten out of the controlled capital city of Juba and will have visited not one but two ethnic groups of South Sudan. It will be an incredible experience to meet warm local tribes and to see things that few foreigners have seen before. On our trip, we visit the incredible Mundari tribes, herders who live in symbiosis with their cattle. The chalk-like makeup covering their entire bodies makes them unmistakable.
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. Afterwards, you’ll go on an orientation then time to relax and to swim at Lido beach, come back hotel and overnight. (D)
After breakfast, tour around the city, including walking through the ruined Italian colonial architecture and seeing the monument to the unknown soldier. You will have a chance to use the security team’s experience and that of a local fixer who has worked with several journalists to get an insight into life in Mogadishu today. (BLD)
You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. According to the time of your arrival, you may intend to explore the capital, Hargeisa. Stay at Damal Hotel or Similar. (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)
After visiting the Hargeisa Camel Market, we will take you (with your security escort) to the wonderful cave paintings at Las Geel, one of the most intriguing sights in the Horn of Africa. Overhangs of a rock in the desert contain some of the best preserved ancient cave paintings anywhere in the world. There are cows represented, people, dogs, and even giraffes in them, dating back 5000-9000 years. We will return to Hargeisa. Overnight in Hargeisa. (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)
This tour is priced per person.
1 person: $3600
2 people travelling together: $3000 per person
3 people travelling together: $2600 per person
If you are traveling with more than three people, you will receive a significant discount. Please contact us for more information.
The deposit required to confirm your booking is 10%.
Bookings can be made at any time of the year.
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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