Somaliland and Djibouti - A Tour Back In Time

Somaliland and Djibouti - A Tour Back In Time 1850 , 12 Days

Join us on a journey to the most exciting places in the Horn of Africa: Somaliland – a country that does not officially exist and Djibouti – one of the smallest and least known countries in the African continent. While the rest of Somalia has been a no-go zone for travelers for two decades, the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland has restored law and order within its boundaries, the safety of Westerners is taken very seriously and foreigners are welcome. This is a tour back in time to the beginning of civilization. These two countries can rightly be considered the last true frontiers of African travel. Admire some exceptional rock paintings in Las Geel, feel the pulse of the fast growing capital Hargeisa, walk along deserted beaches, visit bustling market towns, and enjoy the jaw-droopingly impressive Lac Abbe – the geological wonder with limestone chimneys and the contrasting lush greenery and waterfalls of the Day Forest. Sitting at the edge of Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden opposite the Arabian Peninsula, Somaliland and Djibouti are the cultural melting pot of African, Arabic and Indian Ocean influences. But perhaps the most lasting impression will be the people you will meet – proud of their countries with a legendary sense of hospitality.

Highlights of the tour:
Las Geel – the earliest cave paintings in the Horn of Africa
Berbera – the old quarter
Lake Abbe and Lake Assal – the lowest point in Africa
Tadjoura – The White City


Day 1: Arrival to Hargeisa. City Tour

Pick up and transfer to your Hotel. Depending on your arrival time you will explore the capital of Somaliland. After a rest you can freely walk around the city center to get a sense of the people and the town.

Day 2: Hargeisa – Laas Geel – Berbera
Early morning you will explore Hargeisa by visiting the Civil War Memorial and The Central Market. After this you will visit Laas Geel, the most important rock art site in Africa. The vibrant colors and well preserved paintings are estimated to be around ten thousand years old. Drive continues to Berbera where you will be taken to your hotel. Here you can hang out on the beach and go for a swim while the sun goes down.

Day 3: Berbera – Sheikh – Burco
After breakfast you can relax on the beach and swim before exploring Berbera City. A half day trip will get you acquainted with this historical town. Especially interesting is the old quarter with its well preserved examples of Ottoman and British architecture. After this we will drive to the small town of Sheikh in the mountains. Crossing Sheikh Mountain will be a nice experience because of the view and the pleasant temperature. At the end of the day we will drive further East to Burco, the second biggest city in the country.

Day 4: Burco – Ceerigaabo

We will have an early breakfast (around 07.00h) as afterwards we have a very long drive to Ceerigaabo, the capital of Sanaag Province. On the way we will have some offroad fun, some stops in small villages to have first hand impression of local's life. Overnight stay in Ceerigaabo in a small basic hotel.

Day 5: Ceerigaabo – Daallo mountains – Burco

From Ceergaabo we will visit Daallo Mountains, considered the green paradise of Somaliland with their thick forests. They are exceeding 2400 meters in height. After the stunning view we will head back to Burco.

Day 6: Burco – Berbera - Hargeisa

We will have calm morning after the long trip from the previous days. Our first stop is in Sheikh village where will visit some former British govermental buildings. They used to have the headquarter in the town of Berbera, but due to the climate moved to the village of Sheikh. Continuing to Berbera we will enjoy the breathtaking views passing the Sheikh mountains. After lunch in local restaurant we go back to Hargeisa.

Day 7: Hargeisa - flight to Djibouti City

After breakfast we will visit the live stock market in Hargeisa, after which will have lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon will have a short fly to Djibouti. Transfer to hotel and dinner.

Day 8: Djibouti city - Ali Sabieh - Lake Abbé

In the morning we'll drive to Lake Abbé but first we'll pass Ali Sabieh and have a stop there. The old railway built by the French was passing through the town, but it is not functioning as there is new railway built by the Chinese, which has different route. Lake Abbé has a beautiful scenery full of so called chimneys. There will be an overnight stay in the Tourist camp to see the amazing landscape early in the morning. The camp is a settlement of traditional Afar huts which are very basic.

Day 9: Lake Abbé – Goubet Tourist Camp The Day Forest (Foret de Day)

Today we will wake up early to see the sunrise and have a walk to the lake. Afterwards we will travel to The Day Forest national park. On the way we will stop for a delicious lunch in Dikhill (which means chimney in afar language). Continuing to the national park we will stop at the canyon where three tectonic plates are splitting with two cantimeters per year. Afterwards will enjoy some picturesque views at Goubet lake and the Devil's island. Later in the evening will arrive at Foret de Day tourist camp. Dinner and overnight.

Day 10: The Day Forest - Tadjourah

Visit to the Day Forest, a green gardens stretch on the foothills of the mountainous region of Mount Goda (between 1200 and 1700 meters). This region has a mild climate and wildlife can be found here. After the enjoyable sceneries travel to the so famous Tadjourah called The White Town. After check-in at the hotel we will have a city tour. Dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Tadjourah - Lake Assal - Djibouti city
After breakfast we quickly go to the famous Sable blancs beach where we will enjoy the sun and the warm waters of the Red. We'll have lunch at the beach, afterwards we travel back to the hotel for a shower and we continue to one of the highlights of the tour - Lake Assal. This crater lake is encircled by dark dormant volcanoes. It is the lowest point in Africa and the scenery is spectacular to see. Especially the big salt field that makes you feel like walking in nowhere land. You will see the volcano. After visiting Lake Assal & surroundings, drive back to Djibouti city, dinner at local restaurant and overnight.

Day 12: Djibouti City - Departure
We will have early city tour and free time for souvenirs. Unfortunately it is time to say Good Bye leaving Djibouti and Africa full of positive emotions...

Price includes: ► 9 nights in a double room with en suite facilities at standard hotels incl. breakfast ► 2 nights in tourist camps in Djibouti ►all airport transfers ►all transport and entrance fees ►all other meals (lunch & dinner) in Djibouti out of Djibouti City► tour leader from Penguin Travel (at min 8 p.) ► English speaking local guide ►visa invitation ► permission letters for the sightseeing such as Las Geel and other sites, local photo and tour permissions

Not included: ►international flight tickets and flight ticket Hargeisa-Djibouti (ca. 140 USD) ►insurance ►tips and personal expenses ►drinks and meals not mentioned in the program ►visa 

Price of extra services: ►single room supplement: 220 EUR (where possible)

Visa: Both visas for Somaliland and Djibouti can be obtained at the airport upon arrival. 



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