Join us as we return for a truly off the beaten track experience to one of the least visited destinations on Earth – Somaliland. We have timed your visit to partake in the country’s largest celebration of the year – Somaliland Independence Day.
Your journey with us begins in the capital city of Hargeisa; the gateway into 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 organisation has recognized its sovereignty.
Still recovering from a brutal civil war, today the area is safe and the locals are incredibly welcoming and interested in foreign visitors. Somaliland is fundamentally different from the other countries in the region — and almost anywhere else on the planet.
Once you’ve explored and experienced the city life and celebrations in Hargeisa we’ll head north towards the coastal town of Berbera – the largest seaport of the country. On the way we’ll make a special visit to Laas Geel which is the most important rock art site in all of Africa. These caves contain some of the oldest cave paintings on the horn of Africa; the vibrant colours and well-preserved paintings are estimated to be over ten thousand years old.
Once in Berbera we’ll take in all the unique sights of the city as it’s built mostly of Ottoman, Persian, and British architecture. You’ll then have the opportunity to board a boat and hunt down the shipwrecks of the Aden Gulf. YPT can’t pass an untouched beach without taking a swim; giving you a chance to mix and mingle with the locals.
On our way back to Hargeisa we’ll stop by the mountain town of Sheikh to take in the cool climate and the fascinating views of the surrounding plains.
Wednesday 17th May – Hargeisa
Thursday 18th May – Hargeisa: Independence Day!
Friday 19th May – Hargeisa – Laas Geel – Berbera
Saturday 20th May – Berbera – Sheikh – Hargeisa
Sunday 21st May – Hargeisa
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
•All transportation incl airport pick up and drop off (unless otherwise stated)
•All accommodation on twin-share basis
•Entrance fees & permits
•YPT guide and local English-speaking guide
•Visa Fees ($60)
•Lunches & dinners
•Single supplement ($200)
•Pre-tour accommodation ($100)
•Tips for guides
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