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5-Day Mogadishu-Hargeisa Tour(the Africa’s Oldest Cave Paintings)

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Embark on an incredible 5-day adventure through Mogadishu and Hargeisa, uncovering the rich history and natural wonders of this captivating region. Start your journey in Mogadishu, known as the White Pearl of the Indian Ocean, where you'll soak up the sun on the famous Lido Beach and marvel at the iconic Mogadishu Lighthouse. Discover the remnants of the Black Hawk Down crash site and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Mogadishu Fish Market, where you'll find an array of exotic marine creatures. Then, venture to Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, and explore the fascinating Laasgeel Cave formations, home to ancient cave paintings depicting African aurochs. Visit the stunning Sheikh mountains and Dhagax kuure, an art-rock nestled amidst breathtaking granite outcrops. With a perfect blend of cultural experiences and natural beauty, this tour is a must for adventurous travelers seeking a unique and unforgettable journey. Don't miss out, book your trip now!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Suitable for 1-4 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Lido Beach - Most popular beach in Mogadishu
  • Mogadishu Lighthouse - Iconic landmark
  • Black Hawk Wreckage - Witness the infamous crash site
  • Mogadishu Fish Market - Explore a variety of seafood
  • Laasgeel Cave paintings - Oldest known cave paintings in Africa
  • Private transportation
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Professional Guide (English & Arabic)
  • Airport Pickup/ Drop
  • Security Guards (escort)
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
  • Your Shopping in Mogadishu
  • Visa Fee

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Introduction

Introducing the unforgettable 5-Day Mogadishu-Hargeisa Tour - a captivating journey that will transport you to the heart of Somalia's rich history and breathtaking landscapes. Step into Mogadishu, the vibrant capital city that was once known as "The White Pearl of the Indian Ocean." Immerse yourself in the local culture as you explore iconic landmarks such as Lido Beach, a popular hotspot, and the legendary Mogadishu Lighthouse. Your adventure continues in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, where you'll be enchanted by its unique blend of modernity and ancient heritage. Marvel at the ancient cave paintings of Laasgeel, showcasing awe-inspiring depictions of African aurochs, and uncover the Osmania Empire footprint in Barbara City. Prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking Sheikh mountains and Dhagax Kuure's art-rock formations nestled amidst stunning granite outcrops.

What to expect?

Embark on this incredible journey and expect to be immersed in a world of wonder, where ancient history and natural beauty converge. Experience the vibrant culture, taste the tantalizing local cuisine, and interact with the friendly locals who are eager to share their stories. Witness the stunning landscapes ranging from pristine beaches to mesmerizing mountain ranges. Marvel at the extraordinary cave paintings that unveil the deep-rooted artistic heritage of the region. Immerse yourself in the bustling markets, where the aroma of fresh seafood fills the air. This tour promises adventure, knowledge, and a chance to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Who is this for?

This enchanting tour is designed for intrepid travelers seeking off-the-beaten-path destinations and a profound cultural experience. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for an extraordinary adventure, this tour will captivate your senses. Embrace the opportunity to connect with the local communities, learn about their traditions, and unravel the mysteries of ancient civilizations. The Mogadishu-Hargeisa Tour welcomes travelers from all walks of life, inviting you to explore the beauty and diversity of Somalia.

Why book this?

Unlock the hidden gems of Somalia with this exceptional tour. Immerse yourself in a world rarely explored by tourists, where ancient artifacts and pristine landscapes await your discovery. This tour offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural wonders that will leave you in awe. From the iconic landmarks of Mogadishu to the captivating cave paintings of Hargeisa, every moment of this journey will be filled with enchantment. With a passionate guide leading the way, you'll have the opportunity to delve deep into the stories and legends that have shaped this extraordinary land.

Good to know

Prepare for an adventure like no other with the 5-Day Mogadishu-Hargeisa Tour. It is recommended to bring comfortable walking shoes, lightweight clothing for the warm climate, and an adventurous spirit. Please note that this tour includes various inclusions, ensuring a seamless experience throughout. However, certain exclusions apply, so it's essential to check the itinerary in detail. The itinerary itself promises an array of unforgettable experiences that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the beauty and history of Somalia. Be ready to embark on this extraordinary journey and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Reviews

Travelers who have completed the Mogadishu-Hargeisa Tour have been enchanted by the untapped beauty and warm hospitality they encountered. They were amazed by the timeless cave paintings of Laasgeel, describing them as a truly unique experience. Many were captivated by the stunning landscapes, from the pristine Lido Beach in Mogadishu to the awe-inspiring Sheikh mountains of Hargeisa. Travelers loved exploring the local markets, indulging in delicious seafood, and immersing themselves in the vibrant culture. Overall, the tour received high praise for its exceptional guides, seamless organization, and the remarkable opportunity to witness a side of Somalia not often revealed to the world.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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Reviews

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4.5 (9)

malucb

Ali organized an incredible trip for us in Somalia and Somaliland. We couldn’t have done it without him. He even helped us get our visas on arrival without any problems. We felt safe and taken care of at all times. He knew everything about the area and made our trip unforgettable. His enthusiasm and friendliness made us feel right at home. We highly recommend him for a fantastic travel experience!

iviaggidimanuel

The best organisation. Excellent tour in Somaliland done to perfection from Hargeisa. I will come back to try new destinations.

geoddgraphy

After our initial plans fell through, I contacted Visit Mogadishu (VM) to organize a trip to Somaliland and Mogadishu and provide a letter of invitation. They were able to prepare the letter within an hour and we obtained the visa on arrival. VM worked with Safaari in Hargeisa for the Somaliland portion, which was a 3-day predetermined itinerary. The hotels and food were great. Las Geel paintings were incredible. I wish we'd had more time in Hargeisa instead of visiting Sheekh, which was a bit out of the way and we weren't able to visit the necropolis. Some of the sites in Hargeisa were across from the hotel, so we could have done those on our own. Overall, the Somaliland portion of the tour was fine, but I know now that it can be done cheaper. I generally prefer solo travel without tours, so I would have opted to work with a local hotel to get the necessary visa clearance, permits, and transportation had I known this was possible. In my opinion, the Somaliland portion was overpriced. Our flight to Mogadishu was delayed, and when we arrived we were informed that there's a curfew at 5pm that requires us to start heading back to the hotel by 4:30. We only had a few hours that first day to stop at a cafe and park to mingle with locals. Unfortunately that was really the only time we were able to do that. The next morning we did spend at the fish market, which was incredible. Other than a short stop at the beach for lunch, we were in the vehicle the whole afternoon. I would recommend skipping the camel farm, since there are bigger camel markets in Hargeisa. I realize the security situation in Mogadishu is beyond the control of VM, but I wish I had known about the curfew. I might have decided to come to Somalia in 10 years in case the situation is improved. The tour was fine, though, and we saw the major sites on the agenda. A few were closed or no longer available (Black Hawk Down site is gone), but for me I prefer more interaction with the local population and walking or taking tuk-tuks in the city to get a feel for it. I know now that other tours offer post-curfew excursions and staying outside of the green zone, so if you are more risk-tolerant, I would suggest looking into those. If you want bragging rights that you've been to Mogadishu and/or are nervous about going there and want top security, then VM is great and will take care of you the whole way. The hotel inside the green zone was small, but efficient, has laundry, and great internet. I definitely recommend VM is this is your travel style/interest. VM was always very professional and the staff friendly. They seem genuinely interested in feedback, and they have been doing tours for a long time. Overall, I did enjoy what I was able to see in Mogadishu. I just wish we could have spent more time at places where real life is happening and less time in the vehicle.

LarsJ47

This was an absolutely excellent trip. The team took very good care of me, they were good at managing security and I felt safe at all points in time. Mogadishu is a wildly fascinating place full of contrast. The fish market is unlike any I have seen elsewhere in the world and walking from the fish market to the (ruined) lighthouse where they bring the fish ashore was perfect. I was there on a Friday which meant beaches were crowded with families enjoying a day out. I managed to get to both Lido Beach in Mogadishu as well as Jaziira Beach outside the city. If you have time I recommend making it out to Jaziira. Somaliland - Hargeisa and Berbera - was more relaxed than Mogadishu but certainly also great to visit. The cave paintings in Las Geel is a must-see. The team at Visit Mogadishu can certainly be trusted to arrange visits to Somalia and have been very helpful right from the first email contact.

mariapS3380DT

I did a 3 day group tour in Mogadishu with Ali and team. It was very well organized and we were able to see all sites mentioned in the itinerary. We traveled to various places in bullet proof vehicles with guards as safety measures. Somalia is an untouched gem, beautiful coastline and so much potential. The long weekend was very enjoyable.

CristianoP120

The tour was really interesting and we enjoyed Somalia and Somaliland a lot. Local people are very welcoming, the cities still "out of the beaten path" and Ali (my guide) was extremely professional, specially to garantee our security. He also did all the effort to make us feel like at home. Go visit Somalia!

360garrym

It was a really good experience. At no point did we feel unsafe and people are extremely friendly. Obviously, after all the troubles, the infrastructure is lacking and there are a lot of ruined buildings but you can see the potential. Driving around the multitude of tuk tuks is fun, seeing the hundreds of families enjoying a day at the beach is heart warming and the food is very nice. Our guides, Ali and Omar, told us all about the history and showed us the city and surrounding areas.

kalthamg

I totally encourage anyone who may have reservations about visiting Mogadishu to seize the opportunity, and I highly recommend doing so with the assistance of both Omar and Ali. To expedite the trip planning process, I reached out to them via WhatsApp. They were more than happy to accommodate this request and organized a memorable trip for me in March, although I didn't embark on it until July, during which the weather was exceptionally pleasant. Omar and Ali prioritized our safety and provided us with clear and stringent guidelines to ensure our well-being throughout the journey. They facilitated visits to numerous attractions within the city of Mogadishu, and they even took us to the outskirts to explore picturesque lakes and the stunning Aljazeera beach. I truly endorse Omar and Ali for anyone contemplating a visit to Mogadishu. Additionally, I would like to suggest considering the inclusion of other destinations in Somalia like Kismaayo, given the availability of daily direct flights from Mogadishu that can effortlessly transport you there.

E9628PZlucial

It was a very interesting and intense emotional journey. It was nice to walk through the streets of the city full of history, full of desire to live, even if with so much difficulty. Very welcoming people. I would definitely stay here again. The organization of my visit was excellent, whoever accompanied me was very efficient and very attentive. It made me feel calm and happy to be in Mogadishu.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-18 10:00