Favorite thing: Somalia has the potential to become a premier beach destination in Africa. With a coastline of 3,025 in length, which makes it the longest in mainland Africa, there are a few beaches here. Beaches here are practically undeveloped and you can have many of them all to yourself. Now with the Equator going through the country, the temperature here is fairly constant and usually hot. Now Somalia is a fairly strict Islamic country so modesty is a must. No bikinis or thongs here. In fact even many of the men will wear t-shirts while swimming.
Favorite thing: Though it's not an interest of mine and I didn't come here for it, it was nice to learn a little bit about the birds here. I didn't realize this but some people spend some decent coin coming to Somaliland just for the birds here. Somaliland has quite a few endemic or near endemic bird species. It's also a good place to spot many other birds since many of them stop here from Asia on their way to various spots in Africa. Some birds you can see here are the Somali Sparrow, Somali Thrush, Brown Noddies, Little Brown Bustards and many many more.
Somalia has not been commercialized. There aren't that many tourists and you have the whole country to yourself(almost).
Fondest memory: Somalia is very hot but worth the trip. The people are very friendly and helpful.
While visiting, bring as much cold hard American Dollars as possible. As there are no ATM's and hotels and restaurants dont except credit cards. It's is very easy to exchange Dollars for Somali/Somaliland Shillings. BUT you will end up with bags of of cash to carry around. Not a good idea.
Exchange rates as of April 26, 2003.
1.00 USD =20,100 Somalia Shilling
1.00 USD = 6,400 Somaliland Shilling
Have an open mind. Dont believe everything you once saw on CNN. If you do this You will thoroughly enjoy your trip.
Also you must visit the old city of Amoud. It has existed for hundreds of years, with a unique people and culture.
Included is photo of a local home.
Fondest memory: The People. Go out of your way to meet as many local people as possible. They are some of the most generous and pleasant on Earth.
Be open minded and enjoy your stay. Even though some places in the south are feuding, somalis welcome all visitors to their homeland. Don't listen to people that say stay away from Somalia, because not all of Somalia is still feuding.
Fondest memory: Well my fondest memory I would have to say is the kindness of the people of the Horn of Africa. People will go out of their way to accomodate you even if you are a non-Somali.
Somalia has wonderful farms. You can check it out.
But however there are risks of getting harmed.
Fondest memory: I loved the many places which I visited. I did not unfortunatly took pictures of a lot of places that I visited which were beautiful!!
I don't know that I'd go there right now. It seems to still be in some turmoil.
Fondest memory: People, people, people. Everyone I met could not have been nicer. When the place went nutty after my last visit, I felt bad for all those who had befriended me. Incredible scale of accommodation levels.