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Somaliland

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to Somaliland, except for the cities of Hargeisa and Berbera to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel. Click here for more information.

For seasoned travellers in search of a totally unusual travel experience, Somaliland is a must. The Republic of Somaliland declared independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991, though its status as a country has not been recognized by the international community. Despite this fact, Somaliland offers plenty of unexpected and wonderful surprises. Admire some exceptional rock paintings, feel the pulse of the fast-growing capital, walk along deserted beaches, visit bustling market towns, be awed by stunning landscapes, and blaze a trail of your own in the far east and west of the country. More than anything, though, it is the Somali people who make a visit to the country so memorable, with their legendary sense of hospitality.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Somaliland.