Yough Pioneer Tours

Africa

YPT has been running tours to Africa since 2016 and our program is getting more exciting by the day! Our first group Africa tour was to take part in the 25th anniversary of independence in Somaliland, one of our favourite unrecognised countries, as well as the 25th year of independence in Eritrea, sometimes described as the ‘North Korea of Africa’. These two YPT signature tours take you to two of the most difficult to get to places outside of North Korea.

We also run tours to Algeria, Mali, Burkina Faso and on the Sahara Odyssey which includes Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania. Our most exciting additions are Sudan, the world’s newest country South Sudan, and the only unclaimed territory on earth – Bir Tawil. We can also run tours to Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Gabon, Togo and Benin.

All our international tours are run in accordance with YPT’s branding and ethos: a super price, expert guides, and most importantly an adventure that will stick with you for life. We run tours for people who hate group tours, and we do not run groups larger than 25 people (at 26 we split into two) but the average size is 10 people. All groups are led by expert guides that know the destinations and are passionate about what they do. We also strongly believe in value, and generally, our prices are unbeatable.

With our ever-expanding experience in the region and closer ties with local partners, YPT can help you with your travel plans in Africa.

For Eritrea, the two Sudans and Somaliland, if you can’t join us on the combo tour, we can arrange independent travel for you any time that fits you. We can also organise visa support for Eritrea and Somaliland, let us know what your travel plans are and we’ll help you organise them!

We also have acquired a lot of expertise in tours of Western Africa, with us being able to arrange independent travel for you at any time in Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo and Ivory Coast as well as overland trips to all of those destinations!

Likewise, if you cannot join our epic Saharan Adventure and visit Northern Africa, going through Algeria, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, contact us for an independent tour!

Click here for our Eritrea and Somaliland specific page

Click here for our Western Africa specific page

Click here for our Northern Africa specific page

Click here for our Sudan & Darfur specific page

Click here for our South Sudan specific page

Do I need a visa?

Almost everyone needs a visa for Eritrea and Somaliland, but we can provide assistance with securing letters of invitation to be used for visa on arrival or for getting a visa in one of the embassies or interest sections around the world. Currently, if your country of residence does not have a Eritrean Embassy, you might be able to get a visa on arrival. You will still need a letter of invitation. Get in touch with us!

Where does the tour start and finish?

The Somaliland Independence Day Tour starts and finishes in Hargeisa, and the Eritrea National Day tour starts and finishes in Asmara. We also offer travel between the two countries on the combo tour, where we will fly via Dubai.

Where can I fly from to Eritrea or Somaliland?

To Asmara in Eritrea you can fly from Addis Ababa, Dubai, Cairo, Jeddah, Khartoum, Doha and Istanbul, but generally the best deals can be found via Dubai and Addis.

To Hargeisa in Somaliland you can fly from Djibouti, Cairo, Nairobi, Jeddah, Addis Ababa, Sanaa or Dubai, which is the option we recommend.

Can I withdraw money in Eritrea and Somaliland?

No, there are no international ATMs in Eritrea or Somaliland, you should bring enough Euros or US dollars with you to Eritrea, and in Somaliland only US dollars will be accepted.

I am a woman; do I have to wear a headscarf?

No, clothing is generally quite relaxed in both Eritrea and Somaliland but we recommend not wearing anything too short and keeping shoulders covered. When we go swimming in Somaliland women will be required to wear long clothing over swimwear.

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Socotra Arabian Sea October Tour
  • €1595

Socotra Arabian Sea October Tour

An october to remember on the reclusive paradise of Socotra!

  • Start Date : October 15th 2019
    End Date : October 23 2019
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • €5545

Outlandish Africa: Socotra, Egypt, Sudan, Bir Tawil & South Sudan Mega Combo

The ultimate adventure through the outlandish sceneries and incredible cultures of Socotra, Egypt and both Sudans

  • Start Date : October 15th 2019
    End Date : November 8th, 2019
  • Duration: 24 nights, 25 days
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  • €595

Alternative Egypt October Tour

See the lesser seen side of Egypt!

  • Start Date : October 23rd 2019
    End Date : October 27th, 2019
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €1195-€1995

Sudan Nubian Legends & Bir Tawil Tour

Avoid the crowds of Egypt and visit one of the world's most ancient and diverse civilization!

  • Start Date : October 27th 2019
    End Date : November 3rd/November 8th 2019
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days / 12 nights, 13 days
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  • €3445

Whole of the Sudans: Sudan, Bir Tawil and South Sudan Combo

The whole Sudan experience! From pyramids to tribes, going through unclaimed lands!

  • Start Date : October 27th 2019
    End Date : November 14th, 2019
  • Duration: 18 nights, 19 days
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  • €845

Terra Nullius: Bir Tawil Incursion

The world's only unclaimed inhabitable piece of land - we go there!

  • Start Date : November 1st 2019
    End Date : November 8th, 2019
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €2295

Unclaimed & Youngest: Bir Tawil & South Sudan Combo

One of our most hardcore expeditions, visiting both Bir Tawil and South Sudan

  • Start Date : November 1st 2019
    End Date : November 14th, 2019
  • Duration: 13 nights, 14 days
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  • $1695

South Sudan Tour

Visit the world’s newest and one of the least accessible countries

  • Start Date : November 8th 2019
    End Date : November 14th, 2019
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €595

Alternative Egypt November Tour

Go where the tourist hordes of Egypt don't!

  • Start Date : November 15th 2019
    End Date : November 19, 2019
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €1595

Socotra Arabian Sea November Tour

Visit Yemen's untouched Socotra island!

  • Start Date : November 19th 2019
    End Date : November 27th 2019
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • €1495

Saharan Odyssey Part 1: Algeria

An in-depth tour of North Africa's most elusive and authentic country!

  • Start Date : January 4th 2020
    End Date : January 13th, 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €2695

Saharan Odyssey Part 2: Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania

Get the ultimate dose of sand and adrenaline in this action-packed tour of three countries, one unrecognized

  • Start Date : January 13th 2020
    End Date : January 27th, 2020
  • Duration: 14 nights, 15 days
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  • €1845-€2945

Saharan Odyssey Part 3: Mali and Burkina Faso

Two of Africa's most rewarding destinations with ancient ceremonies, amazing landscape and wonderful people!

  • Start Date : January 28th 2020
    End Date : February 5th/ February 11th 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days/14 nights, 15 days
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  • €2095

Angola Post-Marxist Carnival Tour

Get in for the dictatorial remnants, stay for the wild carnival!

  • Start Date : March 1st 2020
    End Date : March 7th, 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €1595

Socotra Arabian Sea March Tour

Right before our ultimate arabian odyssey, visit the majestic island of Socotra, Yemen.

  • Start Date : March 17th 2020
    End Date : March 25th, 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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  • €595

Alternative Egypt March Tour

Think you've seen all of Egypt? Wrong!

  • Start Date : March 25th 2020
    End Date : March 29th, 2020
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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  • €1295

Complete Ethiopia Experience Tour

Experience just about everything the Jewel of Africa; Ethiopia has to offer!

  • Start Date : May 6th 2020
    End Date : May 15th, 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €1195

Somaliland Independence Day Tour

Celebrate Independence Day with Somalilanders!

  • Start Date : May 17th 2020
    End Date : May 23rd 2020
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
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  • €2390

Somaliland and Eritrea – Horn of Africa Independence Combo

Make the most out of the Horn of Africa with our Independence Day Combo

  • Start Date : May 17th 2020
    End Date : May 31st 2020
  • Duration: 16 nights, 15 days
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  • €1295

Eritrea National Day Tour

Watch the National Day parade and be part of living history in Eritrea

  • Start Date : May 23rd 2020
    End Date : May 31st 2020
  • Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
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