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Itinerary: The Horn of Africa - Djibouti and Somaliland

The Horn of Africa - Djibouti and Somaliland

Djibouti and Somaliland sit at the very edge of the African continent, a stone's throw from Arabia on the shores of the Red Sea. This short trip takes in some of Africa's most incredible landscapes, combining them with a fascinating collection of cultures.

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The Horn of Africa - Djibouti and Somaliland

Day 1 - Djibouti
Arrive in Djibouti and transfer to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive there may be time to explore the capital.
Overnight Hotel Les Acacias or similar.

Day 2 - Lac Abbe
Visit the extraordinary landscape of Lac Abbe, a desolate salt lake with hundreds of limestone chimneys belching sulphur into the atmosphere. This landscape is so other-worldly that the classic science fiction film 'Planet of the Apes' was filmed here.
Overnight Lac Abbe Camp (simple accommodation). (B)

Day 3 - Lac Assal - Tadjourah
We head to the crater lake of Lac Assal - the lowest point in Africa (-150 m), as well as the most saline body of water in the world (up to 40%). One of Africa's most impressive natural phenomena, its spectacular colours and unusual crystalline formations give it an almost alien appearance. We may see Afar herders or salt collectors on its shores. Continue to Tadjourah for the night.
Overnight Hotel La Golfe or similar. (BLD)

Day 4 - Tadjourah - Djibouti
Explore Tadjourah, with its white washed buildings, some of which date back to the Ottoman era. Afterwards head to the whites sands of Plage Blanche before returning to Djibouti City for the night.
Overnight Hotel Les Acacias or similar. (BLD)

Day 5 - Borama
A long day's drive as we cross the border into Somaliland head to the coastal town of Zeila, once an important trading port. From here drive through the remote deserts to the town of Borama.
Overnight Rays Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 6 - Dhagax Khoure - Hargeisa
Visit the site of Dhagax Khoure, one of Somaliland's most important sites for rock art and situated amidst some splendid scenery. On the way out here we pass small semi-nomadic communities and stop to meet local people. After exploring the paintings of Dhagax Khoure we drive to Hargeisa for the night.
Overnight Damal Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 7 - Hargeisa
Spend the morning exploring the city. Visit its markets, see the moneychangers, who sit on the street with their huge piles of Somaliland shillings and see the civil war memorial.
Overnight Damal Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 8 - Las Geel - Berbera
Drive to Las Geel, one of the most important rock art sites in the Horn of Africa and with numerous well preserved paintings in various different places. The quality of the art here is particularly good and Las Geel is a real highlight of the trip. From here we continue to the coastal city of Berbera.
Overnight Mansoor Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 9 - Sheikh - Hargeisa
Explore the old quarter of Berbera, Darole, with its Ottoman era buildings and atmospheric streets. From here drive into the mountains and the town of Sheikh, before continuing to Hargeisa for your final night in Somaliland. (BLD)

Day 10 - Hargeisa
Transfer to the airport for departure. (B)

What's included:
Airport transfers - We include arrival and departure transfers regardless of whether you book flights yourself, or we book them for you. If you're booking them yourself, then please let us know the details so that we can arrange the transfers. Please note though that if you arrive earlier than Day 1 of the tour, and leave after the final day, we may need to make an additional charge for an airport transfer.

Accommodation - Accommodation as listed in the dossier. The nature of the destinations that we operate may sometimes mean that we need to change hotels, but we'll always endeavour to keep the same standards. Please be aware that as we operate in many countries where tourism is in its infancy, hotel standards may not be the same as you're used to elsewhere.

Guides - You will have the services of different guides in the two countries.

Meals - As listed within the itinerary / dossier (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner). These will vary from trip to trip - in some areas it makes sense to include all meals while in others there is a good choice of restaurants and we feel people might like to 'do their own thing' now and again.

Entrance fees - Entrance fees are listed for those sites that we mention within the itinerary. If there are any other sites that you'd like to see, these would be at your own expense.

What's Not included:
Visas - We don't arrange visas for our travellers, but if an invitation letter is necessary then we will arrange this for you. If you need any advice with visas then let us know.

Airport taxes - If there are any departure taxes to pay that are not included within the cost of your ticket, you'll need to pay these yourself.

International flights - Many of our travellers arrive from different destinations and so we don't include international flights in the cost of our tours. If however you would like us to book flights for you, then just let us know and we'll be happy to discuss your options.

Travel Insurance - If you need any assistance with this, then let us know - although we can't arrange it ourselves we can point you in the direction of a reputable provider that can assist.

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