Somaliland and Djibouti - A Tour Back In Time

Somaliland and Djibouti - A Tour Back In Time 1750 , 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

 


Itinerary:
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 and 5: Burco – Erigavo – Daallo Mountains – Burco
In Burco you will wander around and explore the city. After that we have a very long drive to Erigavo, the capital of Sanaag Province. From Erigavo you can visit Daallo Mountains, considered the green paradise of Somaliland with their thick forests. They are exceeding 2400 meters in height. Overnight stay in Erigavo in a small basic hotel and on the next day - an overnight back in Burco.

Day 6: Burco – Hargeisa. Fly to Djibouti 

Day 7: Djibouti City - Dikhil - Lac Abbé
In the morning we'll drive to Lake Abbé but first we'll pass Dikhil and have a stop there. Lake Abbé has a beautiful scenery full of chimneys. There will be an overnight stay in the Tourist camp to see the amazing landscape early morning. The camp is a settlement of traditional Afar huts which are very basic.

Day 8: Lake Abbé – Vulcano - Lake Assal - Goubet Tourist Camp
Today we will wake up early to see the sunrise and have a walk to the lake. After this we’ll drive to 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 to Goubet camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: The Day Forest (Foret de Day)
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. Overnight stay at Foret de Day Touristic Camp.

Day 10: Tadjourah
Today we explore Tadjourah. Tadjourah is known for its whitewashed buildings and is called The White City. Overnight in Tadjourah.

Day 11: Tadjourah – Sable Blanc – Djibouti City
We will first drive to Sable Blanc before heading back to Djibouti City. Plage de Sable Blancs is good to relax while enjoying beautiful white sand beaches and drinks. We will have lunch here before our departure to Djibouti City for the end of the tour.

Day 12: Departure


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: 120 EUR (where possible)

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

 


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Price
1750 EUR
Duration
12 Days
Status
Guaranteed departure

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

We recomment a flight by Fly Dubai from/to Dubai

Group Size
6-12 persons
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