6 Days 6 Days Somaliland Highlight + Western CircuitOverview
Explore not only the highlights but discover also the Western region of Somaliland. The Western circuit offers more cave painting sites that are accessible such as Dhagax Khoure and Dhagax Marodi. You will also pass small towns that are known for their agriculture and nomadic life style such as Gebiley, Arabsiyo and Borama.
Day 1: Transfer Pick up – Hargeisa City Tour
Pick up and transfer to your Hotel. Depending on your arrival time you will explore Hargeisa. After a rest you can freely walk around in the city center of Hargeisa to get a sense of the people and the city (LD).
Day 2: Hargeisa – Laas Geel – Berbera
In the early morning you will explore Hargeisa by visiting the Civil War Memorial and The Central Market. After this you will visit Laas Geel, the most important rock art site in Africa. The vibrant colors and well preserved paintings are estimated to be around ten thousand years old. Drive continues to Berbera where you will be taken to your hotel. Here you can hang out on the beach and go for a swim while the sun goes down (BLD).
Day 3: Berbera – Sheikh – Hargeisa
After breakfast you can relax on the beach and swim before exploring Berbera City. During a half daytrip you will see the historic town of Berbera. Especially the old quarter of the town with its many Ottoman and British architecture is of historic interest. After this we will drive to the small town of Sheikh in the mountains. Passing Sheikh Mountain will be a nice experience because of the view and pleasant temperature. At the end of the day we will drive to Hargeisa where you will stay the night at the Hotel (BLD).
Day 4: Hargeisa – Gebiley – Arabsiyo – Borama
On the way to Borama from Hargeisa you will pass the tiny towns of Arabsiyo and Gebiley. These towns are known for their agriculture and Somali traditional culture. Then we continue our drive to Borama, the third biggest city of the country and known for its famous Amoud University. Here you will see the city and stay overnight in a hotel (BLD).
Day 5: Borama – Dhagax Khoure Cave paintings – Hargeisa
Drive back to Hargeisa and on our way back there will be a stop at the ancient rock painting site Dhagax Khoure. It contains animal and human figures spread over different panels in a striking landscape. Return to Hargeisa where you can walk around freely and have an overnight stay at the hotel (BLD).
Day 6: Hargeisa – Departure
Transfer to The Airport for your departure (B).
Included in the tour:
– Transportation with driver
– Accommodation (5 nights)
– Meals as listed in the program
– Travel Permits
– Permission letters for the sightseeing such as Laas Geel/Dhagax Khoure and other sites
– Special Police Unit (SPU) protection
– Site entrance fees in Somaliland
– English speaking Guide
Not included in the tour:
– Visa costs
– Arrival/Departure tax
– Other personal expenses
– Meals not listed in the program
|Somaliland is a sovereign state in the Horn of Africa sharing its borders with Republic of Djibouti, Federal Republic of Ethiopia and Somalia to the east. It has an area of 137.600 square kilometers.|
|Climate||The country’s climate is a mixture of wet and dry conditions. The average temperature is between 25 and 30 Degrees Celsius.|
|People||Somaliland has a population of around 3.5 million people. The population consists of various principal groups of clans or clan families.|
|Language||The main official language is Somali. Arabic is also an official language but much less spoken. English is widely spoken in many areas because it is a former British protectorate.|
|Economy||The country has a small economy, agriculture being the back bone especially livestock, the production of cereals and horticulture. It also has a hugely diverse quantity of mineral deposits across the country.|
|Currency||The main currency used is the Somaliland shilling (SlSh) which is regulated by the Bank of Somaliland. There are a few ATM machines in the country. However it is very easy and fast to send money through the many remittance/money transfer companies. Exchanging your money can in every corner of street. The US Dollar is widely accepted for purchasing goods.|
|Time||Somaliland is in the GMT +3 hour zone.|
|Religion||Almost 100 % Islamic|
|Electric voltage||220V/50Hz (European plug)|
|Public Holidays||1 May Labor Day
18-19 May Restoration of Somaliland Sovereignty
26 June Independence Day