Getting Around Somalia

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    EGAL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    by DAO Updated Mar 15, 2007

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    Egal Airport is named after Prime Minister Mohammed Egal – the first political leader of the fully independent Somaliland. When you arrive is a crazy and bustling place that is the real Africa. Exciting, chaotic, but it all works. Leaving is straightforward. They do check through your bags as they have no x-ray machine. You pay the departure tax and sit either inside or outside (recommended – take a chair to sit on). They do have a small café and Duty Free and you can get a cold soft dink while you wait. If you sit outside you can watch an ambulance chase away the goats that get on the runway.

    Three airlines serve the airport:

    Ethiopian Airlines

    Djibouti Airlines

    Daallo Airlines

    Otherwise you need to catch a ride with the UN or other airplanes owned by NGO’s.

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    THE BUS - IT IS CHEAP!

    by DAO Updated Mar 4, 2007

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    The buses are the easiest and cheapest way to get around. You need to waive at them as they don’t stop for Tourists because they think a huge 4 x 4 vehicle from the UN or similar organisation is about to pick you up. The first 2 passed me right by! Then I waived and they stopped. Fares are 1000 Shillings (16 USA cents). They all run to the Bus Station in the Central Market. You will get people surprised to see you. They don’t get many tourists here. They are helpful and friendly when you jump aboard.

    In all the rows except the back you have folding seats that make the aisle when not full and fold down to fill the buss as full as possible. It’s all very organised. Your bus speed is determined by the conductor, not the driver. They stop everywhere, not just the ‘sub-stations’ when they are trying to get a full load. When it’s full, it takes off at great speed and the door is closed. When they are trying to fill up the conductor spends a lot of time outside shouting to get passengers. The slowest I ever rode had a guy knocking on the walls and doors of houses looking for another passenger. He found some and off we went. This is a fun and relatively quick way to get around.

    Be careful! Some are left hand drive vehicles and you have to enter on the road.

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    HOW TO GET HERE

    by DAO Updated Mar 4, 2007

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    Ethiopian Airlines flies to Hargeisa and other parts of ‘Somalia’ several times a week from Addis Ababa. You can either book on line or just drop into the Ethiopian Airlines office (like I did) and buy a ticket. They take credit cards in person and on-line. They fly to Hargeisa 3 times a week.

    On-board Staff are friendly and efficient and you get a sandwich and drink on the flight. The only negative is that the windows are dirty and it is hard to get good photos through the window. Oh well, you can’t get rid of the dust!

    ***You must have a VISA from the Somaliland Embassy in Addis Ababa to fly to Somaliland! Please email me if you need help. ***

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    Trucks

    by Elmsaafir Updated Jun 20, 2003

    The most ubiquitous form of transport for locals was the Toyota pickup truck. I've never seen anything like how many people that cram into the back. In one case, we saw more than 25 people in the bed of one of those smaller trucks. Amazing.

    After a soccer game that we played with the local team, we assisted by giving folks a ride back to their village by offering one of our 5 ton trucks. 75 people climbed on...

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    Trucks

    by Elmsaafir Written Jun 20, 2003

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    The most ubiquitous form of transport for locals was the Toyota pickup truck. I've never seen anything like how many people that cram into the back. In one case, we saw more than 25 people in the bed of one of those smaller trucks. Amazing.

    After a soccer game that we played with the local team, we assisted by giving folks a ride back to their village by offering one of our 5 ton trucks. 75 people climbed on...

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    HMMWVs

    by Elmsaafir Updated Jun 13, 2003

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    We did all of our travels in High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), or the "Hummer," as it's called...

    It's a great vehicle, can go almost anywhere, and has a wide range of modifications. As the medics, we had both cargo versions (2 seaters), and ambulances.

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  • Getting there

    by Omar64 Updated Jan 14, 2003

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    Getting there by plane is the best way to get there and you can either take Somali Airlines or Daallo Airlines from the surrounding countries or Europe.
    While in Somalia, locals usually walk to where they're going but you can rent a taxi for the afternoon for very little. Or you can take the bus for even less.

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    I flew Air Somalia from Saudi...

    by Dick_Loudon Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I flew Air Somalia from Saudi Arabia (that flight may no longer exist). Don't take any flights first stopping at Hargeisa in the north. Sometimes your seat onward to Mogadishu can't be reconfirmed beyond that point on your supposedly confirmed ticket.
    I used taxis. Nowadays, who knows?

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    ETHIOPIAN FLIGHT SERVICE

    by DAO Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    You only get a basic flight service from Addis Ababa. It is a short flight (1 hour). No that is not wine - it is apple juice. No alcohol on this flight.

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  • Getting Around

    by Adam911 Written Apr 20, 2003

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    Locals use buses to get around for around 700 shillings--.10cents. But foreigners should use taxi's are they are more comfortable and reliable.

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