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SOMALILAND HIGHLIGHTS: HARGEISA, LAASGEEL, BERBERA & SHEIKH

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  • Hargeisa | Laasgeel | Berbera | Sheikh - 4 days tour
  • Tour code: SL-ON-3
Tour Details

Overview

Start in the capital, Hargeisa, Somaliland’s center of culture, innovation, and opportunity. Next is Laasgeel, where rock art dating back 5,000 years has been found – one of the best-preserved examples in all of Africa and a real highlight of the trip. Continue our trip on the coast and visit Berbera with its interesting architecture from both the Ottoman and British periods, which we explore. Finally, travel through the mountains to Sheikh, through fantastic scenery with great views of the dry plains below. At Sheikh we visit the ruins of Ferdusa, a city dating back to the 16th century.

The Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Transportation with driver & fuel
  • Travel permit
  • Permission letters for the sightseeing and sites
  • Site entrance fees in Somaliland
  • Escort (Armed security police)
  • English speaking guide

The Price Does not Include

  • Visa costs
  • Flights
  • Arrival/Departure tax
  • Meals
  • Other personal expenses

What to Expect

Itinerary

Day 1HARGEISA

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.

Day 2HARGEISA - LAS GEEL - BERBERA

Travel to the caves of Laas Geel, where rock art dating back 5,000 years has been found – one of the best-preserved examples in all of Africa and a real highlight of the trip.

After visiting the site we continue to Berbera on the coast, with its interesting architecture from both the Ottoman and British periods, which we explore. Overnight Damal Hotel Berbera or similar hotels.

Day 3BERBERA - SHEIKH - HARGEISA

We spend the morning exploring Berbera. After lunch, we leave the city and travel through the mountains to Sheikh, through fantastic scenery with great views of the dry plains below.

At Sheikh we visit the ruins of Ferdusa, a city dating back to the 16th century. Back to Berbera lunch then travel back Hargeisa and overnight Damal Hotel or similar hotels.

Day 4DEPARTURE

After breakfast, departure to the airport, and tour ends.

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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 Credit Cards or sending a wire transfer to our European 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 a 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 Visit Horn of Africa.

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.

FAQs

Is Somaliland a country?

Somaliland is not Somalia. A self-declared independent state unrecognised by the rest of the world; Somaliland has its own government and currency and has escaped the chaos that has engulfed its notorious cousin. Perched on the Horn of Africa and bordered by the Red Sea, Somaliland is a country of proud traditions born out of its largely nomadic heritage, keen to welcome visitors

Is it Somaliland safe to travel?

The government is very much invested in distancing itself from its southern neighbor and shedding the unsavory reputation thereof, and so they’ve invested massively in the safety of its few tourists. Somaliland is a very safe and peaceful country; for instance, it’s perfectly safe to walk alone at night in Hargeisa. Guests to the country are also provided with armed escorts – more for the government’s peace of mind than yours!
Do keep in mind that Somaliland remains a poor country; though violent crimes and hotel break-ins are almost completely unheard of, there is a small chance of pick-pocketing. As previously mentioned, Somaliland is a conservative Muslim society, and women should dress modestly to avoid unwanted attention. Men should refrain from taking pictures of women in the country, as their male relatives could well take offence to this. Most conflicts are easily resolved with an apology, a smile and a handshake, however we do research the security of our destinations highly and safety is a priority for us, however, we advise you do you own research too to ensure you are comfortable with your trip.

What to do in Somalilad?

Somaliland has plenty to offer during your stay! Some of the most vibrant cave paintings in the world can be found in the country – at the site of Las Geel, a few hours away from Hargeisa, you can see numerous millennia-old paintings.
Berbera, the second-biggest city, is by the sea and offers great beaches. You can easily hire a boat and there is a dive shop that can arrange day-long dive trips. Simple people-watching (not in a pervy way) is one of the most rewarding activities in the country, however. Visit Hargeisa’s bustling market or head to the camel market in the morning for a wild experience.

Where to stay in Somaliland?

There are not so many options when it comes to accommodation, alas; Hargeisa has a few high-end hotels, but we’d recommend Sugaal Hotel, located a street away from the main drag and featuring very friendly and helpful staff. In Berbera, most tourists stay at the fanciest place in town, the Mansoor Hotel.

How to stay online in Somalilad

The country has, surprisingly, some of the cheapest and fastest internets in Africa. There are two main companies, confusingly called Somtel and Telesom. There are a varied and decent number of packages for mobile connectivity. Coverage is good through the country, and buying a SIM card will cost you a princely USD $1. 300 MB of data on top of the SIM’s default package is another USD $1.

How to get Somaliland?

Getting there has never been easier! The country now offers visas on arrival to a good number of nationalities at all its land borders and Hargeisa airport. The airport is also connected to Addis Abada with two daily flights, and also has flights to Dubai, Egypt, Djibouti and Mogadishu.
The more adventurous amongst you may want to try your luck on an overland journey from Harar or Djibouti City, but from Djibouti overland be advised that these are pretty hardcore and the terrible roads are not for the fainthearted!

What is the currency of Somalilad

In a nice nod to their British colonial roots, they use the Somaliland shilling. The largest note (bill) is a 5000, and when changing money you’ll usually end up with a huge pile of cash. The most common note/bill you’ll see is the 1000 – it’s so common in comparison to the 500-/5000-shilling notes, in fact, that you’d be forgiven for thinking that they don’t exist. The current exchange rate is around 8000 shillings to USD $1.
The US dollar is readily accepted in the country, and ATMs in Hargeisa actually dispense crisp US notes. Everyone is aware of the current exchange rate, so you can easily pay in USD and get change in shillings.

Clothing

Somaliland is hot and so light clothes are generally a good idea. Islamic dress applies for women. Headscarves should be worn at all times.
Long-sleeved blouses or shirts are required and preferably long skirts, although loose-fitting trousers may also work. Islamic long coats, ‘manteaux’, would not be necessary.

Is Alcohol allowed?

Alcohol is not available in Somaliland and is illegal to bring into the country.

Pricing cost

Pricing cost

US$800 per person based on one person travelling
US$650 per person based on two people travelling
US$575 per person based on three people travelling

Please contact us with requests for any amendments to the standard itinerary and for prices to suit your preferred dates of travel and the number of travelers in your party.

For book please fill the inquiry form but if you need confirmation of your booking makes a deposit of 5% in order to secure your booking, however, no booking is fully confirmed until a deposit has been paid.

If you have any questions please email us: info@visithornafrica.com

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