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Somalia: an off the beaten path country alive with Afroasiatic culture, warm people and ancient rock art

Somalia is a country immersed in tremendously historic beauty, situated in the Horn of Africa. With a population of approximately 14.3 million people, it is famed for having the longest coastline on Africa’s mainland. Somalia is alive with beautiful people, ancient tales of trade and Afroasiatic culture. Beautiful attractions include Laas Geel, Mogadishu Cathedral and Berbera Seaside.

Cheap flights to Somalia are now available for a short time, so prepare to take in the bold sights of this mysterious destination! Somalia is home to Aden Adde International Airport (MGQ), which is a 15-minute drive from the city centre of Mogadishu.

Why visit Somalia

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Cave Paintings

Visit Laas Geel in Somaliland where you’ll discover Neolithic paintings on the walls of caves. This magnificent ancient rock art is amongst the oldest and best-preserved rock paintings on the continent of Africa.

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Beaches

Running from Mogadishu to the south of the Kenyan border, Somalia’s beaches are a spectacular sight to behold. With buttermilk sand and twinkling seas, these pristine beaches beckon to be explored.

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Cuisine

Somalian dishes present a delicious plethora of influences from Italy, India, Ethiopia and Arab countries. Try dishes like surbiyaan hilib adhi (rice and lamb), maraq digaag (chicken soup) and malawan (traditional pancake).

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency 1 ZAR = 48.34 SOS
Language Arabic
Hub Airport Aden Adde International Airport (MGQ)
Time Zone GMT +3
Travel Adaptor Type C

Best time to visit Somalia

A tropical climate is present in Somalia with dry and rainy seasons. Temperatures reach as high as 47°C along the coast, with cooler temperatures averaging 30 °C in the plateau region. It is best to visit Somalia when temperatures are cooler between the months of June and August, and during January to early February again.

Weather & Climate in Somalia

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 23°C 23°C 25°C 26°C 25°C 24°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 24°C 24°C 24°C
High °C 30°C 30°C 31°C 32°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 29°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 0 0 8 61 61 82 64 44 25 32 43 9

Nestled in the Horn of Africa, Somalia is home to many ethnic minorities. Somalia is a destination with tremendously beautiful views as the shimmering waters of the Indian Ocean greets you as your plane lands at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport. Before the country’s civil war broke out, the capital city, Mogadishu, was a cosmopolitan metropolis with joyous dancing and a friendly ambience in its streets. Things are different now, and tourism certainly has been affected since the civil war ensued. However, Somalia in its purest form, untouched by war, remains a beautiful country with ancient sights and cultures beckoning to be seen and heard.

Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu, was once renowned for being the destination inhabited by Italian and other European holidaymakers. Referred to as the White Pearl, it’s coastline was occupied by incredible beach resorts. Make your way to Lido Beach and watch the beautiful night skyline and be whisked away by the deep blue ocean. Visit the seafood restaurants, hotels and parks. Somaliland is the perfect destination to aid you in dismissing all preconceived ideas of life in Somalia. With the amazing spirit of the locals, you’ll be greeted with the utmost joy and love throughout your visit to Somaliland. Be prepared to be invited to the local’s homes and receive a friendly hand in simply getting around. Tourists are still encouraged to have a tour guide or police escort while out exploring the streets of Somaliland. The caves of Laas Geel invite you to get a profound understanding of what life was like in ancient Somalia. The well-preserved rock paintings are said to be one of the most important rock art sites in eastern Africa.

Somalia is abundant with natural beauty that is best described as rugged, yet it holds its charm. Tourists are well informed of the current situations of the country and Mogadishu provides great accommodation for tourists who wish to venture to this destination in the Horn of Africa!

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Travel throughout Somalia is still to be treated with caution. Reconstruction in big cities such as Mogadishu shows signs of improvement for the well-being of locals and travellers interested in voyaging to this beautiful destination. Somaliland is considered to be much safer to visit compared to anywhere else in Somalia. However, visitors are still encouraged to stick to group travel and to seek tour guides. Visitors should avoid solo travelling and staying out at night.

All travellers must be up-to-date with routine vaccines before travelling to Somalia. Be sure to obtain your measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diptheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine and a yearly flu shot. Travellers are also encouraged to get hepatitis A and B, malaria, typhoid, cholera and rabies vaccines, as there is a risk of contracting it in the country.

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