Somalia Things to Do

  • Laas Gaal rock art paintings
    Laas Gaal rock art paintings
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  • Laas Gaal rock art paintings
    Laas Gaal rock art paintings
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  • MiG Jet Memorial
    MiG Jet Memorial
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Somalia Things to Do

  • Hargeisa

    Hargeisa is a city of over 1.2 million people. It's in Woqooyi Galbeed province, it's the second largest city in Somalia and is the capital of Somaliland and it used to be the capital of the former British Somaliland. Hargeisa has an international airport that flies to several regional countries. For the traveler, Hargeisa isn't the most exciting...

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  • Laas Gaal

    The Laas Gaal (or Laas Geel) rock art paintings are some extremely well preserved ancient rock art paintings. I've been told the paintings are between 5,000 - 9,000 years old. They were "discovered" in 2002 by French archeologists but have been known to locals. There are several hundred paintings in several cave shelters. And you can get right up...

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  • Berbera

    The first time I remember reading about Berbera was in a Lonely Planet guidebook many years ago and it said one traveler said Berbera was hot, humid and hell - and that's in the cool season. Fast forward 13 years and I can say it was hot and humid. How popular I was on the beach was annoying but I didn't find anything hellish about the place and...

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  • Sheekh

    Sheekh or Sheikh is a town on a plateau between Berbera and Burao. It has a population or 33,000 people and is a place with a few schools. Because of it's on a plateau, the temperature is cooler than Berbera which is about 30 mins away. There a few things to look at here though nothing overly exciting. There are some free standing chimneys from the...

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  • Burao

    Burao is a city of over 120,000 inhabitants near the center of Somaliland. It also is the capital of Togdheer province. It's not a city of great interest (at least for me) and it's a place I didn't spend too much time in. It is a city that is easier to get to since it's on a paved road and is the last major city that a western tourist can visit...

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  • Money Changers in Somaliland

    Due to the relative security of Somaliland and that the Somaliland Schilling isn't worth very much, you'll see money changers with bundles of cash. When I was there, US$1 equals 6,500 Somaliland Schillings. The largest note that I saw was 5,000 schillings but most were 500 and 1,000 notes. Especially in Hargeisa, you'll see a few money exchangers...

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  • Research

    I would like to share with you a Somali Media site in Columbus Ohio : http://www.somalilink.com for stories about Somali, Somali culture and community events. The newspaper is a free publication in Columbus OH. This is your link to the Somali and African Communities.

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  • THE INDEPENDENCE MONUMENT

    The Independence Monument is actually just a little bit out from the centre of Hargeisa. It is a large hand holding a detailed map of Somaliland. At the base on the right hand side is the date – 18 May. Somaliland declared independence from war-torn Somalia on 18 May 1991 after finally chasing any remnants of the old Somalia Army out of its...

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  • THE CENTRAL MOSQUE

    The Central Mosque dominates the centre of Hargeisa. It’s a fairly new building and the pride and joy of the town. Having said that you need to be very careful about getting close to and/or taking pictures of it. Like their neighbours across the water, Yemen, they do get defensive about it. The friendly smiles you get all the time can evaporate in...

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  • SOMALILAND VISA

    Want to go to Somalia? SOMALILAND is the peaceful and Independent part of Somalia and an excellent place to go for a visit. Before you go you must have a visa PRIOR to arrival by airplane or on a land border. There are only 5 ‘Embassies’ for Somaliland in the world: USA, UK, Italy, Ethiopia and Djibouti. This tip is about my very easy and friendly...

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  • THE MONEYCHANGERS

    Somaliland only has one currency note in circulation – the 500 Shilling note. You get about 6000 to the $(USA). So that’s 60 notes for $5! Just to show you how safe Somaliland is and the state of the currency, just look at the pictures of the Moneychanger’s tables. Notes are stacked up in their thousands! Out in the middle of the market. These guys...

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  • SOMALILAND EMBASSIES

    SOMALILAND EMBASSIES ABROAD:UNITED KINGDOMOsman Ahmed HassanSOMALILAND MISSION102 Cavel StreetLondon E1 2JAUNITED KINGDOMTel: +44 0207 961 9098 Fax: +44 0207 247 6335 Mobile: 07960 287 130Email: slrmission@btinternet.com FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA MR. YUSUF JAMA BURRALESOMALILAND REPRESENTATIVEADDIS ABABAETHIOPIATEL: 25111 635921 / 635922FAX:...

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  • MEET MR. ABDIRAHMAN IBRAHIM JAMA

    Abdirahman is the Head of a school that has 4818 students (1890 are girls), 22 teaching staff (12 are graduates) and runs a new location in Berbera with another 400 students. They teach several subjects, mainly English. English will help them in the future with internet commerce, tourism and international trade. They desperately need training...

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  • CHEW KAT

    Whether you spell it Chat, Qat or Kat, it is very popular to chew in this region. Supposedly it is mildly narcotic. I find that it tastes like grass, but does settle your tummy and wakes you up like a couple of cups of coffee. Kat is small leaves from a tree and all across large markets you will find stalls selling this every day. The stalls all...

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  • MEET MR. MAHAMED AHMED WARSAME

    Mahamed found me rather than I finding him. I am really glad he did! Mahamed works with the Ministry of Youth and Sport and acted as my Tour Guide for several days in Hargeisa. He works primarily with Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball and Soccer. These sports do not require a lot of equipment and are very popular with the children here. Because...

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  • Beautiful Beaches

    I would say the best thing Ive done while there was cliff-diving in crystal clear waters with some friends.Basically, I did this because the waters are not shark-infested where I jumped off of. If you like a rush, you'll love it.

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  • Temporary Tattoo

    When in Somalia/Somaliland make sure to try 'Henna'. Henna is a temporary tattoo-like art. It is common for women to wear it to weddings and very intricate. It wears off in a couple of weeks. Very inexpensive.

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  • Shopping

    Make sure to go to one of the many local markets. They are very lively and full of local people to meet. Note: You will see many Qat vendors. Qat is a mild stimulate chewed by a majority of men in the afternoons and evenings in the Horn of Africa and Southern Arabia.

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  • Monument

    When in Hargeisa city visit the war memorial in the centre of town. It's an actual Somali Airforce MiG Jet Fighter from 1988-90. During this period the city was bombed extensively by the late Dictator Siyaad Barre. The bombing killed an estimated 50,000 people. Most of the city has been rebuilt, but the people have not forgotten.

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  • Experience a Somali Wedding

    Once in Somalia, ask your hotel manager or taxi driver, or locals at a cafe if they know of any local weddings. If your lucky you might be invited to one. It's very lively and colourful, with a lot of food, drinks, and dancing.

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  • Daloh Heritage Reserve.Golis...

    Daloh Heritage Reserve.Golis Range Forest.This place is huge. It has everything, waterfalls, breath taking subtropical forest, rivers, shallow streams. This region is a habitat for loins, hyenas, and other species unique to that area.the Golis Range is a breath taking also.

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