Pirate hideouts AND islamic architecture

Hargeisa – Berbera – Laas Geel – Sheik – Borama


This tour is offered on a regular monthly basis. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the learn-more button below: we will match your preferences with the next relevant scheduled group departure. If you are still unsure about your desired departure date, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will provide you a range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours! 

Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with more than 4 friends, you can set your own departure date: we will arrange a bespoke tour just for you for the same price per person advertised below. If you are travelling solo or with less than four companions, we will then organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.

Warning: entry to Somalia (including Somaliland and Puntland) will be refused to Israeli passport holders and travellers with any evidence (stamp, visa, permits) of visiting Israel


ITINERARY

The following itinerary refers to our most popular route in Somaliland. If you are interested in a trip extension to either Puntland or Mogadishu (or both), please visit our dedicated session on this website. In case you are into a particularly remote area, unusual activity and/or off-the-beaten-path attraction in the Horn of Africa or if you are just looking for a hit-and-run visit to Hargeisa and its surroundings, we will easily meet your needs with a unique tour individually designed according to your preferences. Thanks to our deep knowledge of the territory and longstanding collaboration with independent local guides we are able to offer you a wide range of tailored routes and bespoke itineraries across and beyond Somalia. We also regularly cater for ethnologists, historians and documentarists alike interested in conducting field research in the region. Get in touch for more info on our private tours to the Horn of Africa

DAY 1 - Hargeisa

  • Our tour guide will meet you in the arrival hall of Hargeisa International Airport (exact meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email in accordance to your flight schedule).

  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Somaliland.

  • Hargeisa sightseeing: Soviet MiG Memorial, Central Souk, Camel Bazaar, Gold Market and plenty of colourfully painted traditional Somali houses.

  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Hargeisa.

DAY 2 - Arabsiyo and Borama

  • In the morning we will head south towards Gabiley, the breadbasket of Somaliland.

  • On the way we'll stop at the traditional Somali town of Arabsiyo and tour the rural villages dotting the surrounding valleys.

  • After lunch we'll visit the rock art site at Dhagah Khoure and the continue our journey to Borama, a major town close to the border with Ethiopia.

  • Dinner and overnight in Borama

DAY 3 - Jufo and Hargeisa

  • In the morning we'll enjoy a walking tour around Borama and visit its historic university, the first post war institution of higher learning throughout Somaliland.

  • After lunch we'll then drive back to Hargeisa.

  • Along the road we'll stop at the nomadic settlement of Jufo, where we'll be able to witness ancient shepherding traditions.

  • Dinner and overnight in Hargeisa.

DAY 4 - Laas Gel and Berbera

  • We'll start the day early and travel to the caves of Las Geel, a fascinating timeless place that houses rock paintings dating back 5,000 years.

  • After lunch we'll continue to Berbera, a major coastal town with a fair share of rare Ottoman and British architectural gems.

  • Evening stroll through Berbera Old Town.

  • Dinner and overnight in Berbera.

DAY 5 - Berbera and Sheikh

  • We will spend a lazy morning exploring Berbera and its beaches.

  • After lunch we leave the city and head to the mountains around Sheikh, travelling through stunning end-of-the-world landscapes.

  • In Sheikh we'll then visit the ruins of Ferdusa, a city dating back to the 16th century, before eventually heading back to Berbera.

  • Dinner and overnight in Berbera.

DAY 6 - Ga'an Libah and Hargeisa

  • Today we’ll slowly drive back to Hargeisa stopping Ga’an Libah en route.

  • Ga’an Libah means 'lion's paw' and although lions have long been extinct here, this well watered and relatively lush region holds a stunning diversity of wildlife including kudu, hyena, gazelles, baboons and leopard.

  • The views from the edge, looking out over the plains below, are breathtaking, and the journey here is just as interesting: a two to three hour drive through the desert passing nomadic settlements and remote mountain hamlets.

  • In the evening we will eventually reach Hargeisa.

  • Dinner and overnight in Hargeisa.

Day 7 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations

  • After enjoying a last lavish Somali-style breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to the airport/train station of choice.

  • For those flying out: transfer to Hargeisa International Airport for your flight back home.

  • For those wishing to take the bus to reach further destinations: transfer to the local bus station.

  • End of the tour.


4 to 9 participants: 1300 € per person


The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 18 euros/night), private transport in the region (jeep or minivan), entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.

The price does not include: international flights and any other flight not explicitly included in the tour price and itinerary, meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.

The route of this tour has been carefully designed after several research trips in the region. It is, however, always possible to slightly modify the itinerary according to the needs and the suggestions of the participants. 


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POSSIBLE TOUR COMBINATIONS FOR THIS ITINERARY INCLUDE

Eritrea and/or Sudan