SAFETY & SECURITY
The FCO advises against travel to Somalia. This is due to anti-government forces operating in the country, government instability, and the risk of opportunist violent attacks. We avoid traveling in much of the region and take precautions in the areas we do travel to. Contact us for information on where we do and do not guide in this region and how we work to minimize risk for our guests and staff.
LOI provided by Visit Horn of Africa in order to obtain visa on arrival.
Tropical – more or less same temperature all year round. Hot and humid.
Best to take cash in US dollars. US dollars can be spent, no need to exchange for local currency. For up to date exchange rates please have a look at www.xe.com
Two prong European style system (type C).
Most guesthouses and hotels have adequate Wifi. In cities 4G works well.
Coastal geography means fish is eaten in abundance. Camel meat is also common. Millet and corn used in many dishes, including in a pancake similar to injera common in Ethiopia. Dishes are often spiced.
Alcohol is illegal in Somalia.
Somali. Arabic and English are also widely spoken.
Islam. Sunni majority.
Long trousers (cargo pants) or loose jeans are recommended for men. Long skirts and/or loose cargo pants for women plus a long sleeved top that covers the bum and hides the shape of the body are recommended for women. Women should also where a headscarf when outside the guesthouse.
If you wish to swim in the ocean whilst in Mogadishu we suggest bringing knee-length shorts and a spare t-shirt for men and long trousers and shirts for women. Figure-hugging swimsuits will not be appreciated.