Horn of Africa – NEW Itinerary

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An overland journey from Djibouti into Somaliland to get a taste of traditional Somali life and visit some extraordinary desert scenery, in the Horn of Africa: a region where the Arab and African worlds collide.

 

 

 

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All about the Horn of Africa – NEW Itinerary.

An overland journey from Djibouti into Somaliland, to get a taste of traditional Somali life and visit some extraordinary desert scenery in the Horn of Africa, a region where the Arab and African worlds collide.

First up is Djibouti, offering the chance to head into the Danakil region and explore the otherworldly landscapes around Lac Abbe and Lac Assal. Then, we cross into Somaliland and take a long journey through the desert and scrub to Somaliland’s low key but friendly capital Hargeisa. In Somaliland we will visit the extraordinary cave paintings at Las Geel as well as the coastal town of Berbera. A great introduction into Somali culture and landscape.

Horn of Africa highlights:

  • Camp at Lac Abbe
  • Visit Lac Assal
  • Enjoy rock art at Las Geel and Dhagax Khoure
  • Explore Somali culture and hospitality

 

Start point: Djibouti City, Djibouti
End point: Hargeisa, Somaliland

Feeling extra intrepid? Add on an extra 48 hours in Mogadishu, with our experienced guide and security team.

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Meals at Lac Abbe camp
  • Ground transport
  • Escort – Armed security in Somaliland (Required)
  • English speaking guides
  • Site access and entrance fees
  • Permits
  • Visa support
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Visa cost
  • Insurance
  • International flights
  • Lunch and dinner (unless mentioned)
  • Drinks
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Other expenses
  1. Day 1 Djibouti

    Upon arrival in Djibouti, you will be transferred to your hotel. If you arrive early enough, you may have the chance to explore the capital with your guide.

    Overnight in Djibouti City at the Menelik hotel or similar.

  2. Day 2 Djibouti City – Lac Abbe

    You will certainly remember your visit to Lake Abbe, a desolate salt lake surrounded by limestone chimneys and dotted with old ruins. Those of you familiar with the film ”Planet of the Apes” will already be aware of the otherworldly landscape that served as the backdrop.

    Overnight stay at the Lac Abbe Camp.

  3. Day 3 Lac Assal - Djibouti city

    In this trip, we will visit the crater lake of Lac Assal, which has the lowest point in all of Africa (-150 m). The lake also has the highest salinity (up to 40%) of any lake in the world. Its spectacular colors and unusual crystal formations give the impression that this is an inhabited area by Afar herders or salt collectors. It is one of the most stunning natural phenomena in Africa.

    Return to Djibouti’s capital city and overnight at the Menelik hotel or similar.

  4. Day 4 Djibouti city - Lawyacado – Borama

    After breakfast, transfer to the border with Somaliland in the early morning hours. As we crossed the border into Somaliland, our journey begin. We will travel through the desert to the town of Borama in Somaliland. This is a long and challenging drive which may take ten hours to complete but allows the opportunity to explore a much less travelled route.

    Overnight in Borama at the Rays Hotel or similar.

  5. Day 5 Borama - Dhagax Khoure - Hargeisa

    Explore the site of Dhagax Khoure, one of Somaliland’s famous rock art sites, while enjoying a panoramic view of the surroundings. As we journey out here, we pass a number of small seminomadic communities as well as small towns and villages. Thereafter, we drive to Hargeisa where we spend the night.

    Overnight in Hargeisa at Damal Hotel or a similar hotel.

  6. Day 6 Hargeisa

    Take a walking tour around the city center of Hargeisa to get a further sense of the people and the city. Here you will see the central market, and the MiG Jetfighter War Memorial which stands for the atrocities committed by the dictator during the Civil War, and get some currency converted into schillings at one of the famous street exchange “offices”. Also, you will visit the livestock market where you can purchase your own camel or goat! For those who can’t fit a camel in their luggage, this market will provide great photo opportunities and a chance to see how the Somalilanders do business.

    Overnight in Hargeisa at Damal hotel or similar.

  7. Day 7 Hargeisa – Laas Geel - Berbera

    Drive to Las Geel, one of the most important rock art sites in Africa and with numerous well- preserved paintings. The quality of the art here is particularly good and Las Geel is a real highlight of the trip. From here we continue to the coastal city of Berbera.

    Overnight in Berbera at Damal Hotel or similar.

  8. Day 8 Berbera - Sheikh - Hargeisa

    Explore the old quarter of Berbera, Darole, with its Ottoman era buildings and atmospheric streets. From here drive into the mountains and the town of Sheikh, before continuing to Hargeisa for your final night in Somaliland.

    Overnight in Hargeisa at Damal hotel or similar.

  9. Day 9 Hargeisa - End

    Transfer to the airport for departure.

    End of trip.

Accommodation

We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. We consider comfort, location, design, character, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.

Twin share is uncommon in Somaliland, so this trip is based on single room occupancy.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Included in the price:
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Meals at Lac Abbe camp
  • Ground transport
  • Escort – Armed Security in Somaliland (Required)
  • English speaking guides
  • Site access and entrance fees
  • Permits
  • Visa support
Not included in the price:
  • Visa Cost
  • Insurance
  • International flights
  • Lunch and dinner (unless mentioned)
  • Drinks
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Other expenses

We do not directly arrange international flights to and from your trip but are happy to offer advice on recommended routes. Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates and FlyDubai operate in the full region of Horn of Africa. Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways operate in Djibouti and Mogadishu, but not Somaliland.

We provide visa support for both Djibouti and Somaliland. Djibouti requires a letter of invitation, followed by an e-visa application. Somaliland requires a letter of invitation and a visa application form, which for most nationalities allow you to apply for the visa upon arrival.

On this trip you will be accompanied by two English-speaking guides, one for the Djibouti section and one for the Somaliland section of this trip.

When we choose our vehicles and drivers we take into consideration the road conditions, the length of journey and the competence of the man behind the wheel.

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February 28, 2023 - March 8, 2023
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