Somalia Off The Beaten Path

  • A street in Maydh
    A street in Maydh
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  • Entrance to Maydh
    Entrance to Maydh
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  • Tomb of Sheikh Isaq
    Tomb of Sheikh Isaq
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Somalia Off The Beaten Path

  • Daallo Mountain

    I'll admit that I had mixed feelings about writing this tip. On one hand this a great site to visit and makes a nice tip. On the other hand, I really enjoyed my time here and I don't know if I want other people to come here and chance wrecking it. This place has such raw natural beauty and it was place that I had practically to myself. Daallo...

  • Sights around Maydh

    There are a few sights in the vicinity of Maydh.In the first photo is the Tomb of Sheikh Isaq. It is located just to the west of Maydh along the Gulf of Aden. Sheikh Isaq came to Somalia from Arabia in the 12th or 13th century. Today The Isaq Clan is one of the four main clans in Somalia and the dominant clan in Somaliland.In the second photo is...

  • Maydh

    Maydh is a coastal town along the Gulf of Aden of around 30,000 residents in the Sanaag region represents an important place for the Somali people. Here is where (according to tradition) is where Sheikh Isaaq came to Somalia from Arabia. He is the founding father of the Isaaq Clan (one of the four main Somali clans and the dominant clan of...

  • Erigavo

    Erigavo, in Somali: Ceerigaabo, is a city in the Sanaag region and a population of over 40,000 residents. The reason to come here is because it's situated right next to Daallo Mountain/Forest. It's a place where if you don't already have your permits for Daallo, you can pick it up here and also pick up your supposedly mandatory guide for the area....

  • El Afweyn

    El Afweyn is a city of around 65,000 people in the Sanaag region of Somalia/Somaliland. There is no real reason for a tourist to come here specifically with the reason for coming here is transiting to or from Daallo forest. There is a decent restaurant (for the region) here along the main street near the beginning of the city if you are going to...


    Because Somaliland is a semi-desert environment they are constantly on the search for water in the remote areas. You will see thousands of bore holes littering the landscape of past explorations. You will also see huge concrete retainers for more established well and also very deep one used to capture the rains. They can then store water for...

  • Go exploring

    Rent an SUV and go visit remote regions and towns/villages. The people are very welcoming and the scenery is breath taking. Just don't forget your supplies or a mobile phone(there are several opperators).

  • Somali Horses

    If you are in NE Somalia(Puntland) take a opportunity to ride some Somali horses. Horses in this part of Somalia are held to very high esteem. I'm told all horses in this area are decended from the horses of the Anti-Colonialist rebel the 'Mad Mullah' Sayid Mohamed Abdullah Hassan.

  • Getting out of the Main cities

    For a dry country like Somalia-it is a very beautiful place. Lots of flowers and colourful birds. And the (notso) occasional camel.

  • Something for the eyes.

    You absolutly must go sight seeing. And you probably won't run into any other tourists while sight seeing because most people have little knowledge about Somalia, so therefore don't want to go. I think Somalia has the most beautiful undiscovered beaches, with 12 months of sunshine. If you can rent a 4-wheel drive truck 4 the day, you'll see things...

  • Well, this place is pretty...

    Well, this place is pretty much completely off of ANY path! We did go to a leper colony, though...Labadai. A friend of mine and I had our guitars, and we went there for a 'gig.' Played for the kids, sang songs, and they reciprocated in kind...singing, dancing. Had a great time interacting with them. That was one place where members of different...

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