Guided tours to the Federal Republic of Somalia
Young Pioneer Tours are now offering fully guided and security-conscious Somalia tours for 2022 and 2023.
After years of conflict and instability, Somalia is once again opening up as a tourist destination. Our tours are safe and led by an expert team of local guides and security personnel who will give you a fascinating insight into Mogadishu which is known as the pearl of the Indian ocean.
Upon arrival in the country, our local guide and security team will take us to our hotel for check-in and for a safety briefing. We then hit the ground running packing in as many sights as possible into our Mogadishu tour including stops at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Peace Park and Liido Beach – easily the most recognisable in the country. We will also take in a lively fish market – one of the largest in Africa – full of the day’s fresh catch and a trip to the iconic Mogadishu lighthouse one of the city’s most famous landmarks built in the early 1900s by Italians.
Our tour will of course also include a visit to the wreckage of the Black Hawk Down incident in 1993 during the Battle of Mogadishu.
Please note the itinerary is subject to change based on the security situation on the ground at the time of the tour.
We arrange for you to receive your visa on arrival at Mogadishu Airport. The visa fee is payable on arrival ($60) and must be paid in USD cash.
SOMALIA TOURS – GROUP TOURS TO SOMALIA
For safety and security reasons, our group tours to Somalia are led by a local expert guide and we accept no more than 7 group members per tour. The dates of the tour are not published online or distributed publicly and the itinerary are subject to having days swapped around.
We are in constant communication with our local partners in Mogadishu and deem whether the group tour or private group tour is safe to go ahead or not depending on the local security situation on the ground.
SOMALIA MOGADISHU TOUR ITINERARY – 2 NIGHTS, 3 DAYS – $1895 PER PERSON
- Arrive at your own convenience to Mogadishu, capital city of Somalia. We can assist you with your visa on arrival if necessary.
- Airport transfer to your hotel and check-in
- Pre-tour meeting will be held at the lobby of our hotel at 11:00am to discuss tour itinerary and to meet your fellow travellers and YPT guide.
- Visit the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, a monument dedicated to all soldiers who lost their lives for the independence of Somalia.
- Lunch and travel to Liido Beach, a beach that overlooks the Somali Sea. Grab a cup of Somali tea and mingle with locals while enjoying the sea breeze.
- Go to Peace Park, the largest and most beautiful park in Mogadishu frequented by locals.
- Overnight in hotel.
- Breakfast at hotel and check out the Mogadishu Fish Market. One of the largest in Africa.
- Go to the old harbor, Somalia’s oldest port.
- Mogadishu lighthouse – Though no longer in service, it remains an important landmark in Mogadishu and serves as a reminder of the city’s past vibrant past as well as the civil war that left the lighthouse in its current state. It remains damaged but doesn’t stop locals and those brave ebough to climb to the top will get to enjoy a spectacular view of the bay.
- Baraka Market – The largest open market in all of Somalia for nearly half a century.
- Black Hawk Wreckage – Those who have seen Black Hawk Down will recognize these downed helicopters immediately. They were shot down during the war in 1993.
- Lunch at a local restaurant to try the famous local dish of Baasto (pasta) and digaag (chicken) with various other shared dishes.
- Visit bazaars and malls. Here you will have an opportunity to explore shopping areas and experience some local life.
- Jazeera Beach – Another beach in the city that is popular with locals. Here you will have the opportunity to ride a boat to a nearby island.
- Somali Youth League Monument – Founded in 1943, the SYL (then known as the Somali Youth Club) was the first political party in Somalia that played a key role in Somalia’s independence.
- Dhagaxtuur Monument – This monument honors Somalis who lost their lives during their struggle for independence.
- Union Mosque – This mosque is one of the biggest religious sites in the Horn of Africa with a capacity of over 10,000.
- Dinner and overnight in hotel
- Breakfast at hotel
- Tour concludes – YPT is able to arrange post-tour accommodation or advice for flights out.