YPT are proud to bring back our Africa tours for the fourth year! So join us for a truly off the beaten track experience to two of the planet’s least visited destinations – Somaliland and Eritrea.
We begin in the former British protectorate and 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 we move onto Eritrea. This fascinating country falls well below most travelers 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. On top of all that we take part in the two-day festival to celebrate Eritrea’s independence!
Having been colonized in part by the Turks and Egyptians, Eritrea took on a European flavour with the arrival of the Italians in 1885 during their belated entry in the “scramble for Africa”. The legacies of successive foreign forces, combined with a rich mix of nine local ethnic groups have created a diverse cultural landscape that offers the best of African, Middle Eastern and European influences.
The Eritrean capital city of Asmara is like a film set from an early Italian movie, with vintage Italian coffee machines and outstanding examples of Art-Deco architecture. Although the country faces numerous hardships, it paradoxically remains one of Africa’s most peaceful, secure and welcoming destinations.
Wednesday 15th May – Hargeisa
Thursday 16th May – Hargeisa
Friday 17th May – Hargeisa
Saturday 18th May – Independence Day!
Sunday 19th May – Hargeisa/Berbera
Monday 20th May – Berbera/Hargeisa
Tuesday 21st May – Hargeisa/Asmara
Wednesday 22nd May – Asmara
Thursday 23rd May – Asmara
Friday 24th May – Independence Day!
Saturday 25th May – Asmara/Nefasit/Asmara
Sunday 26th May – Asmara/Massawa
Monday 27th May – Massawa
Tuesday 28th May – Massawa/Asmara
Wednesday 29th May Asmara/Keren/Asmara
Thursday 30th May
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
•All Transport (unless otherwise stated, such as international flights)
•All Accommodation on a twin-share basis
•Some local tours (unless otherwise stated)
•Visa Fees (Somaliland 70 USD, Eritrea 70 USD subject to change)
•Flight from Somaliland to Eritrea (€300, subject to fluctuation)
•Personal expenses & food
•Tips for the local guides and drivers
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.