Somaliland: Independence Day Tour

Somaliland: Independence Day Tour

Tour Highlights:

  1. Watch the Somaliland Independence Day military and civilian parade, one of the only Independence Day parades in an unrecognized country!

  2. Check out the beautiful, historic port of Berbera with its mix of Ottoman, Persian and British architecture and go hunting for shipwrecks in the Gulf of Aden!

  3. See 10,000 year old cave paintings at Laas Geel, the most important ancient rock art site in Africa


Day 1: Hargeisa (Sunday 17th May 2020)

  1. Arrival in Hargeisa (according to flight schedule)

  2. Airport pick-up and we will take you to our hotel (Hotel Sugaal)

  3. Dinner at a lively canteen off the main drag of Hargeisa

    1. Chat with locals and hear how they find life in Somaliland

    2. After dinner, you can walk around the bustling city centre in Hargeisa, and have some chai with the friendly locals or do some shopping for t-shirts and flags for Independence Day

  4. Overnight at Hotel in Hargeisa


Day 2: Hargeisa (Monday 18th May – Independence Day!)

  1. We’ll get up nice and early for a quick breakfast before hitting the streets to observe the military and civilian parades

    1. Everyone will be dressed in the national colors on the street 

  2. After lunch and a short break from the heat, we’ll visit the Somaliland national museum and cultural center 

      1. A great place to chat with some local young people

  3. We will have a traditional dinner at Summer Time Restaurant and toast to this small unrecognized country! 

  4. Overnight in Hargeisa


Day 3: Hargeisa - Laas Geel - Berbera (Tuesday 19th May)

  1. Travel to the caves of Laas Geel, where rock art dating back 5,000 years has been found 

    1. One of the best-preserved examples in all of Africa and a real highlight of the trip. After visiting the site we continue to Berbera on the coast, with its interesting architecture from both the Ottoman and British periods, which we explore. 

  2. Overnight Maansoor Berbera


Day 4: Berbera - Sheikh - Hargeisa (Wednesday 20th May)

  1. We will spend the morning exploring Berbera. 

  2. After lunch, we leave the city and travel through the mountains to Sheikh, through fantastic scenery with great views of the dry plains below

  3. At Sheikh we visit the ruins of Ferdusa, a city dating back to the 16th century

  4. Back to Berbera for lunch 

  5. Drive to Hargeisa

  6. Overnight Sugaal hotel


Day 5: Departure (Thursday 21st May)

  1. Heading back to the airport at the end of your trip 

  2. Taxi to the airport at the rate of $10 on your own



  • Accommodation

  • Breakfast

  • All transportation in destination location

  • Local Guide (English speaking)

  • Entrance Fees

  • Escort (Armed Security)

  • Visa on arrival (Assistance)

  • Permits

  • Taxation


Does Not Include:

  • Visa fee $60

  • Air tickets

  • Any Private Expenses

  • Meals not listed

  • Tips & personal expenses

  • Airport Transfer


  1. Accommodation

  2. Breakfast

  3. All transportation in destination location

  4. Local Guide (English speaking)

  5. Entrance Fees

  6. Security

  7. Visa on arrival (Assistance)

  8. Permits

  9. Taxes

Not Included

  1. Visa fee $60

  2. Flights

  3. Any Private Expenses

  4. Meals not listed

  5. Tips & Gratuities

  6. Airport Transfer

Contact Us

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