Somalia Travel Guide: Somalia, the name may not probably create a longing in the minds of tourists. General perception about this nation is that it is a land of misery and poverty-stricken faces, where danger lurks in every corner. While this true to an extent, there is another side to this country which most are not aware of.
Somalia, located in the Horn of Africa, is one of the most beautiful nations in Africa. Located along the coasts of Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, it is laden with numerous pristine beaches. No hustle bustle, just the waves, sands and you! Even the rugged mountains and landscape are amazingly untrodden. The cliffs and caves will give you the feel of untouched Africa.
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Basics: Somalia Travel Guide
Capital of Somalia: Mogadishu
Currency: Somali shilling
Largest city: Mogadishu
National language(s): Somali, Arabic
Major destinations of Somalia: Laas Geel, Lag Badana National Park, Liido Beach, Mogadishu, Sa’ad ad-Din Islands, Taalada Daljirka Daahsoon, Alifuuto Nature Reserve, and others.
Best time to visit Somalia: If you consider weather as a major factor, it is best to visit Somalia during the winter season, especially from December till February. However, due to political unrest in the country, it is not advised to visit Somalia currently.
The US State Department and most Western nations advise that you avoid all travel to Somalia for any reason. Continuous activity by the al-Qaida affiliated terrorist group, al-Shabaab has resulted in numerous kidnappings, suicide bombings and generalized chaos. There is a particular terrorist threat to foreigners in places where large crowds gather and Westerners frequent, including airports, government buildings, hotels, and shopping areas. In 2016, there were 14 documented attacks directed at hotels, restaurants, and the international airport in Mogadishu. While the semi-autonomous region Somaliland is a dramatic improvement from most of the rest of the country, “safe” is an extremely relative term in Somalia. In latest 2017 Autumn attacks, over 350 were killed in what was the deadliest incident ever in the capital. Independent travel will most likely result in your death.
The capital city Mogadishu has many unique, mosques, tombs and beaches, though many tourists avoid this as a relatively unsafe territory. Influences of Italian architecture remaining in some parts of the city are noteworthy. Hargeisa, another major city, is a safer option. Las Geel, a set of ancient caves, is the most famous attraction here. The caves are adorned with beautiful paintings of prehistoric times. The images of cattle seem so alive even to this day, that you forget they were drawn centuries back.
There are travel restrictions to Somalia. It is still not a totally safe place to travel. But hopefully, there might come a day when Somalia will throw its gates open for tourists.