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SOMALILAND & ETHIOPIA



Take a visit with us to a country that doesn’t officially exist; Somaliland and a country that has long struggled to shake off its media image of poverty and famine; Ethiopia. 

Despite past civil wars that have struck these countries, Somaliland and Ethiopia are true African gems with very welcoming locals with lots of history, wildlife and interesting architectural buildings. 

On our tours we will start in the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa where we will learn about the local history. We will also visit the markets of Dire Dawa and the beautiful UNESCO site of the walled city of Harar. In Somaliland we will explore the caves at Las Geel and the  coastal resort of Berbera, where we can enjoy freshly caught fish and relax on completely deserted beaches. 


Please note that some sections of these tours travel to areas where the British FCO advises against all travel to.

We research the security of our destinations highly and safety is a priority for us, however, we advise ytou to do your own research too to ensure you are comfortable with your trip.

Please note these travel warnings may also affect travel insurance for these regions, please contact us for advice on this.


Our Ethiopia and Somaliland tour runs twice a year in February and November.

We also offer an optional pre trip extension to the other worldly Danakil Depression.

Visas are required for both Ethiopia and Somaliland. Ethiopia is an evisa whilst Somaliland requires an application to be made at a Somaliland Mission in Addis, London or New York.

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2020 TOURS

Our 2020 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.


TOUR DATESTOUR NAMETotal NightsPRICE
Somaliland/Ethiopia - Danakil extensiontour-open2020-02-132020-02-17Danakil Depression tour/extension5565250dynamic6February
Somaliland/Ethiopiatour-open2020-02-172020-02-26Somaliland & Ethiopia Tour9925250dynamic6February
Somaliland/Ethiopia - Danakil extensiontour-open2020-11-052020-11-09Danakil Depression tour/extension5565250dynamic6November
Somaliland/Ethiopiatour-open2020-11-092020-11-18Somaliland & Ethiopia Tour9925250dynamic6November

2021 TOURS

Our 2021 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.


TOUR DATESTOUR NAMETotal NightsPRICE
Somaliland/Ethiopia - Danakil extensiontour-open2021-11-052021-11-08Danakil Depression tour/extension5565250dynamic10November
Somaliland/Ethiopiatour-open2021-11-082021-11-17Somaliland & Ethiopia Tour9925250dynamic10November

TOUR ITINERARY


Day 1 - Arrive in Addis Ababa


Arrive in Addis Ababa to be met by our driver who will transfer you to your hotel. Day at leisure.

For those of you taking our Danakil extension trip, the group will arrive back from Mekele at 21:10 and be transferred to the hotel.


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Day 2 - Tour of Addis Ababa


After breakfast we will take a full day tour of Addis Ababa. In the morning we will visit we will visit the National Museum, to view amongst many other historical relics, 'Lucy'; the world's oldest humanoid skeleton, dating back over 3 million years. Afterwards we head to St George's Cathedral before stopping for lunch and sampling some Ethiopian coffee - arguably the finest you will taste in the world!

After lunch we will will move on to the Holy Trinity Cathedral to see the tomb of Hailie Selassie before finishing at the Red Terror Martyrs Museum. Here we will hear moving first hand accounts of the bloodshed, torture and mass killing carried out by The Derg; the military junta during the late 1970's.

Evening at leisure.


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Day 3 - Dire Dawe


Early morning rise ready for a 5:30 departure to Dire Dawa by minibus. Stop mid way through the journey at a local roadside restaurant for lunch. Arrival into Dire Dawe around 15:30 and check into our hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax in the outdoor swimming pool or go for a stroll around the city.


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Day 4 - Dire Dawe Tour


After breakfast we will take a tour of Dire Dawa Railway Museum. An extraordinary site; semi abandoned, partly still in use; the station was built over 100 years ago and has barely changed in all that time with most of the original French built machinery still in place and in use. Afterwards we visit the khat, camel and spice markets. Watch the locals sat in the sun, chewing their khat without a care in the world and take in the overpowering smells of dried chilli being crushed down into powder to sell on at the markets.

We stop at a local restaurant for lunch before taking a private minibus to Harar. One hour later we arrive and check in to the Heritage Plaza hotel. Rest of the day at leisure with the option of feeding wild hyenas in the evening!*


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Day 5 - Harar City


After breakfast we take a tour of the UNESCO listed city of Harar. We'll see the colourfully dressed local women, wild eagles circling the butchers shops, fresh coffee being processed and khat being pulped into a paste to make tea from. We'll also visit the tomb of Sheikh Abadir, the Arthur Rimbaud Centre, City Gates, Ras Tafari's house, Ras Makonnen's Palace, Jamia mosque and the Smugglers market.

Evening at leisure, with the option of attending a local bar and club in the evening.


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Day 6 - Journey to Hargeisa


After breakfast we take a private minibus for the three hour journey to the Somaliland border. After passing through border controls we are picked up by our Somali guides and taken on a further two hour journey along desert roads to the capital city, Hargeisa.

Check into our hotel in the centre of Hargeisa before spending the rest of the day at leisure.


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Day 7 - Naasa Hasblood (Virgin Breasts Mountain)


After breakfast we head out to the livestock market to witness the spectacle of hundreds of camels and other livestock being traded. We then take a tour of the city centre where we see the moneychangers with their piles and piles of Somaliland shillings, the bazaar, Central mosque and the MIG monument before stopping for lunch.

In the afternoon we visit Naasa Hasblood or Virgin Breasts Mountaintwin hills situated just outside of Hargeisa. Chance to see wildlife along the way such as tortoises, baboons and the rare beira antelope - indigenous to the region. We will trek to the top of one of the twin hills to see spectacular views of the Somaliland desert. On our way back down we will cut through a pungent smelling baboons nest (if vacant!). Return to the the hotel and rest of the evening at leisure.


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Day 8 - Laas Geel cave paintings



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Day 9 - Berbera town



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Day 10 - Tour Ends



*The wild hyenas that roam Harar have been fed by a local family for over 60 years. For a payment of 100 Birr (£3) , you can feed the hyenas along with the 'Hyena Man' who will entice them onto your back or to feed from your mouth! However, although there have been no incidents with feeding these hyenas, you must be aware that they are wild animals and potentially dangerous so if you wish to join in with the feeding you do it entirely at your own risk!

DETAILS

Includes:


- 3 star central twin hotel accommodation
- all road transport in Ethiopia and Somaliland
- all tours, entry fees and permits for Las Geel caves
- experienced English speaking guides
- accompanied by Western guide throughout the trip
- all breakfasts


Excludes:


- Lunch and dinners (approx $10-15 per day)
- International flights
- Ethiopian and Somaliland visas (approx £55)
- Tips for guides (approx $20 in total)
- Flight from Hargeisa (Somaliland) to onward destination (£150 to Addis Ababa, £200 to Dubai)
- Hargeisa airport departure tax (approx $20)
- Other personal expenses