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SEE & DO

What to see and do in Somaliland the options are somewhat limited. Most visitors arrive in  Hargeisa, whether by air or overland from Ethiopia and Djibouti, and the most popular excursions from here are a day trip to Laas Geel or an overnight trip via Laas Geel to the port of Berbera, which is the most interesting town in the country as well as being the only one that is developed,  albeit in a very low-key manner, for beach tourism, snorkeling, and diving.

You could easily see the best of what Berbera and Las Geel have to offer in a two or three-night excursion from Hargeisa.

Using public transport, it is usually possible to travel onwards from Berbera to Sheikh and Burao, a trip that might reasonably be characterised as travel for its own sake, and that would add a day or two to your itinerary.

For those with private 4×4 transport, it is possible to divert from the Hargeisa, Berbera road to Ga’an Libah, or from the Berbera to Burao road to Mount Wagar, both of which are good destinations for wildlife and birds.

A more remote 4×4-only diversion from the Hargeisa to Berbera road would take you to the nascent beach resort at El Sheikh and medieval ruins at nearby Bulhar.

Allow at least one additional night for either excursion. Few  people  explore  the  far  west  of  Somaliland  beyond  the  main  road  to the Ethiopian or Djibouti border.

However, the area boasts a selection of moderately worthwhile archaeological sites, and one true gem in the form of the coast around the historic port of Zeila, not far from the Djibouti border.

One alluring but very off-the-beaten-track possibility,  if you are heading this way,  would be to follow the rough tracks that run along the coast between Berbera and Zeila, a rough 4×4 expedition that takes at least two days and should ideally be done in convoy.

In the bellow section, you will have what each destination can see and do deeply.

Hargeisa, Somaliland

See & Do in Hargeisa

TOWN CENTRE  Central Hargeisa is an agreeable and intriguing place to wander around,  with a  friendly easy-going atmosphere and no shortage of hustle and bustle around the market area. Architectural landmarks, however, are few and far between, so exploring the town center is more a case of following your nose than sticking to a trail...
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Las Geel, Somaliland

See & Do in Laas Geel

Most panels include a combination of monochromatic and polychromatic animal and human representations, with the most commonly used colors being red, black, white, and yellow ochre. The most important shelter, on the southeast face of Las Geel, has an inclined ceiling where the almost 100m2 surface is daubed with at least 350 individual paintings. Several...
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Berbera Daroole, Somaliland

See & Do in Berbera

The oldest quarter of Berbera, known locally as Darole, is also the most northerly part of town, hemmed in by the old port to the west, a series of tidal flats to the north, and several recently resettled suburbs to the south and east. Darole itself can be divided into two distinct districts, with a...
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Borama Amoud University

See & Do in Borama

Ruined towns around Borama  The border area of Awdal is dotted with around a  dozen abandoned stone towns,  and the main point of archaeological interest around Borama is the trio that lies within a 25km radius of the modern town. Abasa, the best preserved of these three ancient ruins, is also the most remote, situated...
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See & Do in Dhagah Kureh

What to see & do in dhagah-kure, Gabiley and Kalabaydh.
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Ga'an Libah View

See & Do in Ga’an Libah

A century ago, Ga’an Libah supported large herds of elephant as well as a significant population of the lions for which it is named. There’s nothing quite so exciting there today, but it still protects relatively dense populations of greater and lesser kudu, Speke’s gazelle, dik-dik, gerenuk, Beira, klipspringer, and desert warthog. The cliffs are...
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Sheikh, Somaliland

See & Do in Sheikh

Around town, The main point of interest in  Sheikh is the extensive  Ferdusa Ruins, which lie on the northern outskirts of town, not even five minutes’ walk from the Maashaalaah Hotel. As accessible as the unexcavated site is, however, not a great deal is known about it, other than it represents the remains of a...
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Erigavo, Daallo Mountain

See & Do in Daallo

Around the Scenic Overlook, The 6km dirt road between Karin and the Scenic Overlook is the obvious starting point for any exploration of Daallo, passing as it does through an area of thick highland forest dominated by the coniferous Juniperus procera.
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Burao, Somaliland, Somalia

See & Do in Burao

WHAT  TO  SEE  AND  DO  If you arrive in  Burao expecting superlatives,  you’ve come to the wrong place. In most respects, this pleasant town comes across as a scaled-down, dustier and even more prosaic version of the capital, centered upon a bustling central market area where town dwellers and rural visitors get on with the...
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Erigavo, Somaliland

See & Do in Burao to Erigavo

Oog and surrounds Situated in the periodically unsettled province of Sool, the endearingly named town of Oog is of little interest to travelers except as the main junction for the more popular of the two routes to Erigavo. The presence of two adequate hotels also makes it a potential overnight alternative to Burao prior to...
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Erigavo, Somaliland

What to See & Do in Erigavo

Erigavo is of interest mainly as the closest town and gateway to the lovely Daallo Forest and the stupendously scenic Tabah Pass, which descends from the escarpment to the port of Maydh.
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Maydh Sheikh Isaq's tomb

See & Do in Maydh

After reaching the base of the escarpment base at Rugay, the road from Erigavo straightens out to run more or less directly across the flat coastal plain, emerging after 33km – about an hour’s drive – at the venerable port of Maydh (N 11°00.320, E  47°06.588).
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