Country 24/196: Somalia (actually it was Somaliland)
Somalia is considered a rather dangerous country, so we had to find a safe spot to visit. We decided to visit Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia. Luckily, Hargeisa turned out to be a lovely city. We also visited Laas Geel, an archeological site near the city, where one can admire more than 9000 years old cave paintings and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. We were absolutely fascinated! Somaliland, thank you for your hospitality! It was a great experience!
Things to see and things to do
Some of Somaliland’s most popular destinations are:
- Laas Geel
- Naasa Hablood
Where to stay
Even though Somaliland is currently not a very popular tourist destination, Hargeisa offers a number of nice and cozy accommodation options. We were staying at the lovely Maamuus Hotel.
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Accommodation prices vary widely. Cheaper hotel rooms for couples cost around 15 USD/13 EUR a night. Food prices are relatively inexpensive. Transportation, on the other hand, is quite expensive, especially all flights to and from Somaliland.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Somaliland is from November to March. The temperatures are most pleasant and the weather is driest this time of year.
Romance and adventure
Somaliland (let alone Somalia) may not be among the most popular honeymoon destinations, but we found our one-day trip to Laas Geel both romantic and adventurous.
Found lots of LOVE in Somaliland. 😉 ♥
Honeymoon rating of the visited destinations: ♥♥♥♥♥♡♡♡♡♡
Somaliland’s archeological sites are pretty awesome, however, there are some safety concerns, which you should take into account before visiting the country.
* Note: This is NOT a general rating of the country, it is merely our personal opinion of the mentioned site(s) as honeymoon destinations, based on the level of tourism development, the number and quality of romantic and adventurous activities and sites it offers, and safety. We strongly believe that every country is beautiful in its own way, they may simply be more or less honeymoon oriented/friendly.
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