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Burao Things to Do

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    by sachara Written Apr 14, 2015

    We went to the market area in Burao to buy some fresh fruits. I am Always like to look around at markets where ever I travel. It's the most lifely part of town, you can see what kind of local products are available and meet local people.

    We found and bought our fruits at one of the fruitstalls. Further we saw qat stalls as in every town in Somaliland. Also in Burao many of the shops were colourfully painted like in Hargeisa.

    market stalls market area shops in the market area several qat stalls in town shoes

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    by sachara Updated Apr 14, 2015

    Burao is the second largest city of Somaliland. It is the capital of Togdheer province. The area has between the 300.000 and 400.000 inhabitants.

    Burao is historically an important town for Somaliland. On 18 May 1991 the declaration of an independent Somaliland happened in Burao. This declaration was unilateral and is internationally unrecognized .

    Like many other cities in the northern part of Somalia, Burao has been rebuilt with limited aid from outside since the outbreak of the civil war. The town has grown by the investment of the Somali diaspora and by people from rural areas moving to the city.

    We made a daytrip to Burao from Berbera. There are no real must-see places in town. We visited the market and drove around a bit to get an impression of the streetlife and headed back to Berbera.

    streetscene streetscene Burao antenna's at almost all houses painted walls around buildings
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    by sachara Updated Apr 14, 2015

    We visitied Burao at a day tour from Berbera. We left early from Berbera and had a late breakfast in the restaurant of Abco Palace Hotel along the main road before we looked around in the town.

    We took a regular breakfast. Nothing special. Like everywhere in Somaliland you can best pay by mobile Phone. So our driver/guide did for us.

    For the toilet they sent me to the hotel annex. After climbing the stairs to the first floor, they send me to the bathroom of one of the hotelrooms.

    Favorite Dish: We had fresh bread, a tasty omelette and tea/coffee.

    decoration in the restaurant breakfast of bread, omelette, coffee/tea paying the bill with mobile phone entrance of the hotel front of hotel & restaurant Abco Palace
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Burao Transportation

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    by sachara Updated Apr 14, 2015

    Burao is located 100 km east of Hargeisa. On the map you can see a road or track between Hargeisa and Burao. We wanted to make a round trip: Las Geel, Sheikh, Burao and from there back to Hargeisa, visiting the oase of Toon en route.

    We did not succeed to do so because the driver of our 4WD insisted to take the same tarred road back to Berbera and from there back to Hargeisa. He argued, although it is a big detour, it would be faster and easier.

    Travelling by car gave us the opportunity to make several stops, for example at the escarpment close to Sheikh and at a drinking place for goats.

    In Burao we saw minibusses and tuktuks as local transport. In Burao there is also a gasoline station. It looks nice by its colourful decorations.

    road trip to Burao by 4WD Stop along the way stop at drinking place for goats gasoline station in Burao local transport
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