Join us as we celebrate two national Independence days within the Horn of Africa! The first national day takes place in Somaliland – an unrecognised sovereign state; and the other in Eritrea – better known as the North Korea of Africa! We’ve included the tiny mystical country of Djibouti, and Mogadishu – the capital of Somalia into our Horn of Africa combo as all four countries are one of the least visited countries on Earth!
|Group A: Djibouti & Somaliland
|Group B: Somaliland & Eritrea
|Group C: Djibouti, Somaliland & Eritrea
|Group D: Mogadishu, Somalia
We begin in the former French colony of Somalia, now known as Djibouti. Whilst it is very small, Djibouti has some of the most outlandish scenery in the world. We’ll be taking in its two most famous lakes, Lac Abbe and Lac Assal, which being salt and sulphur lakes, create some hellish, highly photogenic sights. It wouldn’t be a YPT tour without also sampling the nightlife of Djibouti rubbing soldiers, possibly, with nomads and some of the world’s military units stationed there.
Moving to another part of greater Somalia, we now move to what was a British protectorate and now the self-declared republic of Somaliland. This de-facto state declared independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991; however, no international organization has recognized its sovereignty.
Still recovering from a brutal civil war, today the area is very safe and the local people are extremely welcoming and interested in foreign visitors. Somaliland is fundamentally different from the other countries in the region — and almost anywhere else on the planet. We’ll take you to smoke shisha with the locals, swim in untouched waters and visit ancient cave art!
Next you move onto Eritrea. This fascinating country falls well below most travellers’ radars which makes it a unique off the beaten track experience. Eritrea boasts pristine coastline and untouched Red Sea islands as well as some of the best-kept colonial architecture in Africa.
And finally, to complete the Horn of Africa we then take you to the very heart of Somalia – Mogadishu. This is by far the most volatile tour we run so to learn more please contact us directly.
YPT can assist you with visas on arrival for each country!
On top of all that we take part in festivities in both Somaliland and Eritrea to celebrate their independence!
Tuesday 14th May – Djibouti City
Wednesday 15th May – Djibouti City – Lake Abbe
Thursday 16th May – Lake Abbe – Lake Assal – Djibouti City
Friday 17th May – Djibouti City – Hargeisa, Somaliland
Saturday 18th May – Hargeisa: Independence Day!
Sunday 19th May – Hargeisa – Laas Geel – Berbera
Monday 20th May – Berbera – Sheikh – Hargeisa
Tuesday 21st May – Hargeisa – Asmara, Eritrea
Wednesday 22nd May – Asmara – Massawa
Thursday 23rd May – Massawa – Asmara
Friday 24th May – Asmara: Independence Day!
Saturday 25th May – Asmara
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
•Full visa support
•All transportation incl airport pick up and drop off (unless otherwise stated)
•All accommodation on twin-share basis
•Meals at Lake Abbe Camp Site
•Entrance fees (unless otherwise stated)
•YPT guide and local English-speaking guide
•Visa Fees (Djibouti $12 – $25, Somaliland $60, Eritrea $70, Somalia $60)
•Lunches & dinners
•Single supplement (Djibouti $250, Somaliland: $200, Eritrea: $250)
•International flights connecting each country
•Local guide tips
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.