Somaliland Uncovered


Somaliland Uncovered

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 8 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 – Hargeisa

Arrive in Hargeisa and transfer to your hotel, where the rest of the day is free to relax. Overnight Hotel Mansoor 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 Hotel Mansoor or similar. (BLD) 

Day 3 – Arabsiyo – Dhagah Khoure - Gabiley –Jufo - Borama

A full day excursion eastwards, 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 Hotel Mansoor or similar. (BLD) 

Day 5 – 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, which we explore. Overnight Hotel Mansoor or similar. (BLD)

Day 6 – Berbera - Sheikh – Berbera

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. We then back to Berbera. Overnight Hotel Mansoor or similar. (BLD) 

Day 7 –Berbera – Ga'an Libah - Hargeisa

Drive back to Hargeisa via Ga’an Libah, a tall limestone ridge that rises to an elevation of 1,720m. Overnight Hotel Mansoor or similar. (BLD)

Day 8 – Hargeisa

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (BL)