Somaliland Uncovered

Somaliland Uncovered

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 7 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Day 1: Arrival in Hargeisa
Arrive in Hargeisa and transfer to your hotel, where the rest of the day is at leisure to relax. Overnight Damal Hotel or similar. (D)

Day 2: Hargeisa
Spend the morning 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 khat markets- and a traditional Somali house. Overnight Damal Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 3: Hargeisa - Arabsiyo – Dhagah Khoure - Gabiley - Borama
A full day excursion eastward, visiting the town of Arabsiyo and its valleys, on the way to Gabiley. Gabiley is known as the breadbasket of Somaliland and is renowned for its agriculture. We will also visit the rock art site at Dhagah Khoure and then to Borama, for the night. Overnight Hotel Rays Borama. (BLD)

Day 4: Borama – Jufo – Hargeisa
Borama is an important education centre and is the home of the historic Amoud University. The first post war institution of higher learning throughout Somaliland. Morning Borama sightseeing and Amoud University then back to Hargeisa. On the way back we stop at the nomadic settlement of Jufo, before returning to Hargeisa. Overnight Damal Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 5: Hargeisa - Las Geel – Berbera
Travel to the caves of Las 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 much of which is now in ruin, which we explore. Overnight Hotel Mansoor or similar. (BLD)

Day 6: Berbera - 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. Later in the afternoon we drive back to Hargeisa for the evening. Overnight Damal Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 7: Departure from Hargeisa
After breakfast, transfer to the airport on due time for your onward flight. (B)