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Somaliland – Is It Safe?

Welcoming smile - Hargeisa, Somaliland

My visit over the Christmas-New Year period in 2013-2014 demonstrated that Somaliland is one of the safest countries I have ever visited.  Hargeisa is extremely secure – money changers can leave a fortune of cash on the streets without any weapon or guards and not fear theft. Elsewhere in the country mirrored that same feeling […]

Somaliland – Practical Information

Cali Mataan Mosque - Hargeisa, Somaliland

Before you go: A visa is necessary for all visitors entering Somaliland. You can either contact a hotel in the country who can facilitate the process or visit the Somaliland Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where a visa can be obtained in less than an hour. Be aware that it is no longer possible […]

Somaliland – What To See

Rock art - Las Geel, Somaliland

Somaliland should not be confused with Somalia. Somaliland is a self-declared country that is bordered by Ethiopia (to the south and west) Djibouti (to the north west) and Puntland/Somalia (to the east). The first stop for most visitors is the bustling capital of Hargeisa, where the main attraction is definitely the incredible hospitality of the […]

The Story Behind The Photo: Las Geel, Somaliland

Muse Abdijama - guard of Las Geel, Somaliland

“Occasionally when travelling, one meets a person who has played an important part in history. I met him at the star attraction of Somaliland, if not on the entire horn of Africa. Las Geel is a collection of reportedly 7000 year old cave paintings that were only uncovered to Western eyes in 2002 by a […]