With FCOs and foreign offices across the globe still advising against all travel to the war-plagued, drought-prone, and poverty-stricken lands of Somalia, it’s perhaps difficult to see how this nation on the tip of the African Horn will ever be open for business again.
But with all-new military offensives against the pockets of Islamic extremism in the works, a stable government in place (the first since the end of the Somalian Civil War), and recent drops down the rankings of the fragile states index, there might just be a glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel.
And if those hopes ever do come to fruition, intrepid folk can rest assured there’s plenty to see here.
Ranging from the urban sprawl of Mogadishu to the cloud-toped, camel-spotted peaks of the Cal Madow ranges in the north, this country is untouched and undeveloped; a picture of what Africa once was before the onset of mass safari-going.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Somalia:
Ask anyone in Hargeisa and they’ll tell you that the city isn’t a part of Somalia at all, but rather the self-proclaimed capital of Somaliland – a break-away state that’s been governing on its own, without the sanction of Somalia’s federal government or the United Nations, since 1991. And while the political machine that’s housed in the mansions of Hargeisa officially doesn’t exist – at least in the eyes of outsiders – there’s plenty to be said for this onetime vassal of British East Africa.
For starters, the place is relatively peaceful and non-violent.
There are honorific monuments to the great struggles with Siad Barre’s totalitarian rule in the 90s, and signs of law and order not found elsewhere in the country: traffic lights; police; even the occasional tourist!