Places to Visit
Ranging from the urban sprawl of Mogadishu to the cloud-toped, camel-spotted peaks of the Cal Madow ranges in the north, this country is untouched and undeveloped; a picture of what Africa once was before the onset of mass safari-going.
Meet-and-Greet at Mogadishu International Airport and secure transfer to our compounded hotel. Welcome refreshment and introductory briefing about the set of rules to observe while travelling in Somalia.
Visit to the Somali Youth League Memorial, the Dhagaxtuur Obelisk, and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier.
Kismayo. Situated in the far south of the country close to the Kenyan border, Kismayo is the capital of Jubbaland, the lushest region of Somalia, and a semi-autonomous region of Somalia. The city is situated where the Jubba river empties into the Indian Ocean and no trip to Kismayo should miss a visit to Goobweyn Junction. A beautiful spot which attracts a great variety of birdlife.
Baidoa or Iscia Baidoa, is a Somali city and the capital of the Southwestern State of Somalia, situated in the south-central bay region of the country, around 250 km northwest of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Administratively, Baidoa comprises of four districts such as Isha, Horseed, Berdaale and Howlwadaag. For a short period, Baidoa once served as the capital of the Transitional Federal Government in the middle of 2000.
Laas Geel reside between the dusty ridges and hills just on the outskirts of the Somaliland capital, Hargeisa.
Home to some of the earliest cave paintings ever discovered on the Horn of Africa, the various alcoves and underground tunnels here display a raw and haunting vision of prehistory in these parts.
You’ll be able to make out colourful motifs of cattle, artistic renditions of shepherds tending to their flocks, and even what’s thought to be deified cows! The best thing though? The Laas Geel is hardly developed at all, leaving visitors alone with history.
Sa’ad ad-Din Island
The first half of the fabled Zeila Archipelago to make this list is also the most visited of the six islets that lurk just a stone’s throw from the coast of Somaliland off the ancient city of Zeila.
Having only recently become one of the country’s rare national parks, this one’s got everything from sparkling coral reefs to bays of turquoise water, ivory-coloured beaches to craggy peaks of sandstone rock.
You can expect to see kaleidoscopic schools of fish under the water, where the exotic creatures of the Red Sea mix with the larger animals of the Indian Ocean to create a real show of marine life.
One of the major attractions in the autonomous region of Puntland in the northern reaches of Somalia, the ancient settlement of Iskushuban has crenulated walls of dust-caked stone and beautiful arabesque fortifications from centuries gone by.
It’s thought that the spot was one of the main powerbases of the Majeerteenia Sultinate that ruled the very tip of the African Horn for much of the 19th and 20th centuries.
However, history aside, most people come here to see the waterfalls, which gush when in season and hail in as the second largest in the country!
Geographically Galkacyo is divided into four main quarters: Garsoor, Horumar, Israac and Wadajir. Puntland fully controls Garsoor, Israac, and parts of Horumar ( other parts of the Horumar are neutral areas and sited by the main Galkayo market and the loose boundary, while Galmudug controls Wadajir in South.
Garowe is situated in the Nugaal Valley, bounded by gradually ascending high plateaus that generally reach elevations of 500 to 1,000 metres (1,600 to 3,300 feet) above sea level on the north, west, and south. The western part of the same plateau is crossed by numerous valleys and dry watercourses. Raising livestock forms the basis of the economy, and frankincense and myrrh are collected from the wild trees.
Garowe is situated in northeastern Somalia, in the heart of the Puntland region.
Although now encased in the war-torn southern region of Somalia, there was a time when green Bardera figured as one of the nation’s agricultural kingpins.
Set in the gorgeous Jubba Valley that cuts right through the heart of this part of East Africa, it’s encompassed by countless farming communities that produce leather and dairy and more.
Also before the start of the sectarian violence here, people would come to see the pretty steel Dutch bridge and the winding courses of the Webi Jubba River.
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