Overview of the town
Not far from the airport you have a great overview of the town. Straight from the airport Mohamed Abdirizak of Safari Travel Tour & Culture brought us to this place to show us the view and give us the first information about the town and show us the landmarks, especially the Naasa-Hablood hills, twin hills located on the outskirts of Hargeisa.
We appreciated this relaxed start in Somaliland before heading into town. From here you can see that most of the town had no high rise buildings.and a more or less grid pattern.
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Central market, friendly and hasslefree
I enjoy to walk around markets. The expansive market downtown Hargeisa is hassle free and gives a interesting insight in Somali market life.
At the market you see many women.Business women selling herbs, perfumes and many more products. Also many women stroll around for shopping. A few who could speak english liked to have a talk with us. So we met some people having family members in Europe. Some have been in Europe theirselves and came back after the war to rebuild the country or hoping of a better life.
Central market, abundance of products
Our hotel was close to the central market area. So it was easy to go for a walk and stroll around at the market. It is a labyrinth of open and covered stalls. All you can imagine, mention it and you can buy it here. We saw colourful cloth for female dresses, all kind of clothes, shoes, kitchen utensiles, vegetables, meat, spices, herbs, electronics. We also went to the goldmarket close to the money market.
I enjoy markets. So I did here. We went early morning, strolled many lanes and crosslanes. After some time when it as getting very hot, we left. It was time to look for a shady place and a drink.
Livestock market, goats and sheep
We visited the livestock market early morning. After we had first visited the area with cmales we walked around to other parts of the market.
The camel section of the market was business for men. At the sheep and goat section there were more women around.
In Somaliland there are special fat-tailed sheep with a black head. You see them everywhere in the country and of course also at the livestock market.
Livestock market or camel market
We visited the livestock market in the morning. The best time is before 10am. The market is also known as the camel market. In Somaliland are many camels everywhere in the country
It is a bustling market with camels, goats and sheep. We walked between the huge amount of camels. I like camels, I did some camel trips in the desert. Making pictures was no problem , but some camel owners were curious why we made close-up pics of the camels. It was not a pretty idea that many camels are sold not to go back to the desert, but for export to Saudi Arabia for meat consumption.
Civil War Memorial
In the centre of town you can not miss the war memorial. This Hargeisa Civil War Memorial, which consists of a Airforce MIG fighter jet is mounted at a base. The jet crashed in the civil war during the regular aerial bombardments of the town by Somalian dictator Siyaad Barre from 1988 to1990. About 50.000 people of Somaliland were killed. The basement of the monument is decorated with murals depicting the hardships of the civil war.
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If you walk around in Hargeisa, you're definitely going to notice this MiG jet, a jet that bombed the city. There were a lot of Somalilanders around the monument when I was there.