An overland journey from Djibouti into Somaliland to get a taste of traditional Somali life and visit some extraordinary desert scenery in a region where the Arab world and African world collide.
First up is Djibouti and a chance to head into the Danakil region and explore the otherworldly landscapes around Lac Abbe and Lac Assal. You’ll cross into Somaliland and take a long journey through the desert and scrub to Somaliland’s low key but friendly capital Hargeisa. In Somaliland visit the extraordinary cave paintings at Las Geel as well as the coastal town of Berbera. A great introduction into Somali culture and landscape.
For the intrepid there is the chance for an add-on to Mogadishu following the trip.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Explore Somali culture and hospitality
- Perfect for solo travellers or groups of friends
- Camp at Lac Abbe, visit Lac Assal and enjoy rock art at Las Geel and Dhagax Khoure
This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.
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.
The trip begins in Djibouti with a chance to explore the Danakil Depression. We then take on the less travelled overland journey through the desert into the de-facto independent state of Somaliland and arrive at the capital Hargeisa.
The itinerary includes visiting Lac Abbe and Lac Assal, with the opportunity to camp in its harsh and remote landscapes. In Somaliland we will visit 10th-century mosques, visit the bustling camel markets of Hargeisa and explore the cave paintings in Las Geel.
- Meals at Lac Abbe camp
- Ground transport
- Escort – Armed Security in Somaliland (Required)
- English speaking guides
- Site access and entrance fees
- Visa support
- PCR test
- Visa costs
- International flights
- Lunch and dinner (unless mentioned)
- Tips for drivers and guides
- Other expenses
The operator does 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.
Breakfast is included on this trip, as well as the meals at Lac Abbe. Other meals will be paid for by yourself.
Who is this trip for?
- Solo travellers
- Fit individuals looking for a culture filled adventure
The operator will 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.
Security and Risks
The operator will monitor the situation closely and listen very carefully to advice from the foreign office and from friends in the areas we visit. The client’s safety is the primary concern. The guide has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst the route that’s been chosen passes through areas that are considered stable things can change and it may be that the operator must alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice.
Somaliland is not an internationally recognised country. At the time of listing this trip, Somaliland is secure and has, by and large, escaped the trouble that has blighted Somalia to the south. However, the government takes security there seriously and you will have a soldier with you when outside of any town.
Working with small groups of a maximum of 12 people and using specialist local guides throughout, their aim is to provide authentic and original experiences for all guests. This small number allows for greater security, flexibility and access to local people and places. Each set itinerary trip is individually designed to coincide with local events or to visit the area at the best time of year be it a ski festival or marathon event!
Horn of Africa – Djibouti and Somaliland
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