A+ experience! The Las Geel caves is a must on any trip to Somaliland, but what ulimately made the trip with Somliand Travel stand out is the really informative, thoughtful approach taken by the guides. Ours was Mohammed, who’s a very competent photographer, and would help “set up” each shot so that the beauty of the caves was perfectly captured 🙂 but also his passion for his country, and the way he spoke about the many more adventures possible in Somaliland were very inspiring. Overall, I highly recommend this team of experts to organize any travel in Somaliland, and I will be coming back to visit the other amazing things Somaliland has to offer with Somaliland Travel!
Huge thanks to Somaliland Travel Agency, 200% reliable (safety, ponctuality, professionalism). Abdilahi is an amazing guide, super kind and very attentive to the well-being of its customers. Thank you so much for this memorable experience in Laas Geel !
Several years travelling around the globe, and my passion for unbeaten paths bring at my attention this amazing country, still rugged, authentic and home to some of the most welcoming people I’ve ever met… Somaliland is one of the few places to truly explore in the world, and SomalilandTravel is definitely the right partner to choose if you are planning a visit there!
I did the combined tour Somaliland+Djibuti (overland) and I couldn’t be happier! With Akram, Abdullahi Awale, Mohamed and all the other guys of the team, I was able to see and experience the best of what this two hidden gems in the Horn of Africa have to offer.
Traveling during pandemic could be challenging, but SomalilandTravel made life a whole lot easier: before the tour, Abdirizaq, the manager, gave me all the all the informations I was looking for, and “on the field” the team took extra care of everything (visa procedures, transportations, itinerary, sleeping arrangements, meals..), allowing me to enjoy the trip to the fullest, without worries, feeling welcomed like at home!
Thank you so much guys, we’ll definitely see each other again soon!
Somaliland tour agency is the best partner if you are planning a tour to Somaliland and Djibouti. They are very knowledgeable, responsive and eager to fulfill every wish / provide you with a great travel experience! Both my guides Akram in Djibouti and Awale in Somaliland were super friendly, fun and they know so many people in town, the coolest restaurants and all about the history of their countries. They go out of your way to really tailor the itinerary to your travel preference and go the extra mile (for example taking pictures from all possible angles, dancing at a music concert until late at night, bargaining at the market and having a lot of patience with me to find the perfect dress fabric). Anyone who comes to Somaliland or Djibouti should be guided by Akram and Awale, thank you so much you really made the trip extra special!
Excellent tour agency with helpful and friendly staff, comfortable car, guides fluent in English, and flexible to adapt the itinerary according to my personal wishes. Can recommend without any hesitation.
I had a great time with Somaliland travel agency i feel they are by far the best. in terms of professionalism welcoming friendly organised always on time with the secluded activities. the main guy that took us to the adventure was no other then the main guy Abdillahi he was so professional friendly always active and a time keeper my family liked him and always spoken highly of him.
I honestly can say being my first time travelling with the family i had the best time and enjoyed every moment with my family. our journey to Laasgeel berbara the famous shiek mountain and of cource the actual beach in berbara was the moment i will never forget. we took alot of pictures and videos on our adventure. we even had a boat tour ride in the sea in berbera.
The boat driver Ahmed was really funny welcoming and friendly. we stayed one night in an hotel recommended by the agency and the hotel itself was really nice with a friendly staff. they looked after us really well. the next day we went out and dine in a really nice restaurant called mansoor. and from there we made our journey back to Hargiesa. I would humbly advise anyone who would want to travel to Somaliland and want to visit the beautiful places in Somaliland i would recommend you to pay a visit to Somaliland travel agency you won’t regret it they are the best and you will have the best time of your life.
Guys met me in the airport. There was a roundtrip to the Laas Geel, everything was great! I learned a lot of how people live in Somaliland, also we visited local authentic cafe (the goat with rice were very good). Everything I want was completed. I recommend 🙂 Ребята встретили…
Je suis allé à Las Geel avec Awale. Bien organisé et communication très facile. Les peintures rupestres sont bien conservées et surprenantes par leur modernité.
I have originally found the agency when looking for Djibouti day trips and took the plunge reading other reviews here.
My trip involved 4 day trips from Djibouti City (my choice, which made for longer days) to the highlights such as Tadjourah and Sable Blanc, Lake Abbe, and Lake Assal. That was initially supposed to be 3 days but I was very pleased with how things were going and extended it by another day.
Both Akram and Hassan were excellent, punctual and organised every single detail, including helping me hunt for best photography locations and arranging the various COVID test appointments so that they did not cut into the sightseeing too much.
The company itself made sure everything was going to my satisfaction, both getting daily briefings from Akram and reaching out to me independently as well.
Would be very happy to use them for future trips to the region and can recommend to others.
I did a tour Somaliland Highlight + Eastern Circuit for eight days. I was travelling alone. First of all, the company answers very fast to the e-mails, I was very surprised and pleased about that. They are very flexible with the tour as I had to cancel my tour for the first time in the last minute due to flight cancellations. They were very flexible with that and I came to Somaliland about two months later than was planned.
Somaliland feels very safe. I didn’t feel the need to have the SUP protection, but it is a law to have it as a foreigner visiting Somaliland. The guide, my bodyguard, and driver were all very friendly and welcoming. The car was a very comfortable 4 x 4.
We visited several cities during the tour. The drive to Erigavo was very long and tiring, about 8-10 hour one way. So if you are ok with such a long drive, then go for it. Otherwise, choose another tour package. All the hotels were great and well-equipped. The internet connection in Somaliland was surprisingly good. The local people are welcoming and friendly. Also the owner of the company seemed very friendly as he called me to welcome me personally.
A big thumbs up on taking me to see a local music and dance live show upon my request. That was very interesting. I also requested a visit to a beauty salon in Hargeisa and eventually went two times to the salon.
The only negative point is the price, which is high for a solo traveler, so if you can, team up with your friends. I understand that it is pricey when everything is organized for one person only.
Another minus was some of my guide’s personal values – his view on women and religion (everyone can practice their own religion, no problem on that, yet you should not advice another person to change their believes, religion is something very personal) which I did not agree with. Yet this had nothing to do with the tour as such, just a cultural and personal difference that I had with my guide.
I hope to do the Djibouti tour with this company in the future!
We spent 5 days in Somaliland. We crossed the land border from Djibouti which enabled us to get an up close view of life in Somaliland. It’s a long journey but worth the effort.
Borama is an incredible little town with a great University. A highlight of our trip was to meet some of the curious students. One said “Welcomr to Somaliland. Tell everyone we are friendly”
Ancient rock carvings at Laas Geel are super cool and well preserved and the ottoman architecture in Berbera should not be missed if you are a photographer.
Our Somaliland Travel Guides in Djibouti a f Somaliland were top notch.
No better way to discover this hidden, authentic gem of a country than with Somaliland Travel. From the high mountains near Sheikh, cave drawings of Laas Geel and Dhaqax Guure, and blue waters and beaches of Berbera, to the high speed (amazing internet) capital of Hargeisa, there is so much to see. Somaliland Travel took care of every details to make our tour of this unique destination seamless and comfortable. The food was memorable and delicious … don’t forget to try Somali tea and pancakes. Our guide Abdilahi was an excellent driver and host!
I was certainly not an easy client – everything had to be arranged super last minute – but these guys handled everything with ease and incredible dedication!
About the Country: Somaliland is not for the faint hearted – you would think. The proximity to Somalia, both by name and by miles is somewhat scary. But in fact Somaliland and Somalia are totally different worlds. Compared to other African capitals Hargeisa feels quite safe and with these guys you can also feel safe traveling the country. Btw.: As of December 2020 you can get a visa on arrival (60$), the process is easy and the immigration officers at the airport are friendly. Check with the crew for Covid-Regulations – they always have the latest information and can guide you through the process. In December it was super easy though. PCR-Test before flying, rapid test on arrival – and you’re free to go.
About the crew: I was on a research trip in neighboring Djibouti and wanted to come over to Somaliland to do some interviews. And these guys organized everything over night. The contacts they have, the knowledge of the country and its history and the dedication to show the world that Somaliland is not Somalia – absolutely incredible! I’m pretty sure they can handle whatever you throw at them, any wishes, any special requests. But you can also just do one of their guided tours and know it’s gonna be a trip to remember.
Had the most amazing off road trip in Somaliland Hargeisa-Borama-Zeila-Lughaya-Berbera-Laas Geel-Hargeisa.
The wonderful people from Somaliland Travel was able to arrange everything during my stay, even my PCR-test and some interviews with very prominent people.
Job well done
Somaliland Travel Agency provided an excellent service and the most wonderful experiences. It was my first time visiting Somaliland and some of the greatest highlights came from this travel group.
We were accompanied by Awale and Mohamed, both very friendly and knowledgeable about the culture and history of the places we visited.
We went on 2 excursions. First we had a day trip to visit Laas Geel where we saw the ancient cave paintings and then to Dhagax Guure, an area with beautiful rocks and scenery. We had plenty of time to explore and take photos. Even along the road trip, we stopped to say hello to locals and ask to hear stories from them.
The second trip was to Berbera which is on the coast of Somaliland and has a beautiful beach. Initially we wanted to do a day trip however in the last moment we asked to stay one night which Somaliland Travel Agency kindly agreed to. This gave us the chance to spend the day on the beach and enjoy a lovely dinner beneath the stars.
The travel group suggested we visit Sheikh (a town on the top of a mountain) the next day as it is nearby. This just so happened to be the birthplace of my mother who was with us so we were keen to go. It is a long winding road up the mountains which is known to be dangerous but we felt safe with Awale. The view were breathtaking and every moment was worth it. This was the first time my mother came back to her hometown and no words can describe how much we will treasure this moment.
Thank you to Somaliland Travel Agency for giving us the most spectacular experiences. We definitely recommend you!
I used Somaliland Travel Agency for an overnight trip to Lac Abbe and Lac Assal in Djibouti due to their terrific online reviews. I was not disappointed as the service I received was fantastic and the overnight trip a delight despite the basic facilities.
Akram waited for me three hours at the airport despite the length of time to get the Covid test upon arrival and took me to my hotel. The next day he and his driver met me on time at my hotel and took me for Covid testing so that I could leave the country. Akram was at the Bouffard Hospital at 6 AM to get me a good number so that when I went to the hospital at just after 8 AM I wouldn’t have to wait.
We then stopped at a supermarket for supplies and also loaded the fresh fruit and veggies the Lac Abbe camp operator sent down to the camp for my stay (we were the only guests but the camp sometimes hosts about a hundred guests during the busy winter whale shark diving season).
It was then about a three hour drive to the lunch stop at Palmyrie. Lunch was great–fresh veggies, rice and a chocolate crepe for dessert. They also have meat for carnivores and fresh fruit juices (drinks not included in the price of your tour).
While I had lunch, Akram’s driver had the tires checked and 4 WD field with petrol for the 3 hour drive across the dessert, about half on a very bumpy road to the camp.
We arrived just in time to settle in at the camp before a short drive to observe sunset over the signature rock formations from the lake (resulting from Ethiopian gaming activity). Planet of the Apes was filmed here these formations are so eerie.
It was then back to the camp for a shower (they have running water in the showers and real flush toilets) before another nice meal of chicken with salad and fruit.
The camp has two or three bed rooms, the bigger ones with electricity and a powerful fan that stays on 24 hours a day due to a generator.
We left camp at 5:15 AM the next day to see sunrise over the Lac Abbe rock formations, before an early breakfast.
We then had a long drive back in the direction of Djibouti before the turn off to visit Lac Assal–one of the lowest points in Africa and so salty the Chinese are just completing a salt factory there.
Akram was then kind enough to drive me to the two diving centers to book my weekend dives. the local dive center (Aqua Club) is not on Trip Advisor and I wouldn’t have known about it without Akram. I was very grateful to him as the live aboard dive operator o the Lucy had cancelled my trip at the last minute and thanks to Akram I was able to at least able to get some days of diving in Djibouti and see the whale sharks.
I then visited Mogadishu for a day and needed another Covid test certificate t leave Djibouti, which Akram helped me to arrange via his contacts in the airline industry. He even had the certificate delivered to my hotel, even though I was no longer his client at that point.
Akram also has Djibouti Sim Cards (they cost $3 US and another $3 US for 10 GB over three days). Since you won’t need the Sim after you leave you just pay for the $3 data. A really thoughtful service which I wish more guides would provide.
Abdullahi, the owner of Somaliland Travel is based in the Netherlands and is seemingly online 24 hours a day. Responses are that fast and always helpful and courteous.
I can highly recommend this agency and the Lake Abbe/Lake Assal Overnight Trip.
I just finished a fantastic 10 day tour in Djibouti and Somaliland. I booked the tour on line with Somaliland travel agency. The experience exceeded my expectations, I highly recommend this company. Communication has been excellent, accurate and very timely. They delivered exactly what they promised. Further they have been very flexible, I have had to change travel plans because of the Covid issue and they responded very well, they adjusted the schedule to my needs. The tour guides in both countries have been nothing short of outstanding. My number one priority in this trip was safety and I never felt uncomfortable. All the locations we visited were very secure and people were quite friendly. The 4×4 cars we used were quite comfortable and reliable, we did not experience a single breakdown. I very much enjoyed the scenery, culture, food and people on the trip. Again I highly recommend Somaliland Travel Agency.
It’s was my first time back to Somaliland after 13 years. Last time I visited Somaliland I didn’t explore true essence of this wonderful country. I knew that coming back I needed to make sure my experience was memorable. After much research in looking for a trusted travel agency, I came across ‘Somaliland Travel Agency’.
I visited their office and I came across two young men who work for this travel agency. Their names are Mohamed and Abdullahi. I explained what I wanted to achieve from my visit and they said I came to the right place! They planned my trip by breaking into 2 parts. So Far I have completed the first part of my travel. I have visited:
4. Laws Geel
5. dhagax guure
My experience after visiting these places was beyond my wildest dreams. Who would ever thought Somaliland would hold such gems! I was amazed by witnessing the Laas Geel kingdom which holds clear painting that are 5 to 10,000 years old! The Sheikh Mountain presented the most breath-taking views, where I experienced tasting the sweetest honey. Berbera endless empty, clean and tropical beaches that relaxed my mind, body and soul. Dhagax Gurre has the most majestic views of rocks that you wouldn’t believe are still standing till this day. Plus many more beautiful sites, the list could go on! The local people of Somaliland are so welcoming, especially when accompanied with my travel agents. The travel agents have built a strong trusted relationships with the locals. The local only had great words for the travel agency and were happy that I was experiencing Somaliland under their guidance.
This all would have not been possible without my travel agents Mohamed and Abdullahi. My time with them has been memorable and I can say I’ve gained a friendship with them. They articulated themselves so well and held impressive knowledge about Somaliland. Most importantly I felt safe around them considering I was alone.
For anyone who is travelling to Somaliland, please!do not leave the country without visiting Somaliland Travel Agency. Your vision of the country will change and the true beauty of this wonderful nation will leave you feeling amazed. I want to thank Mohamed and Abdullahi for making this happen and I can’t wait to explore the second part of my trip inshallah.
Somaliland Travel Agency are awesome!!! 🙂
The Somaliland Travel Agency is highly recommended. Through the agency we have booked an individually arranged day tour in Hargeisa, capital city of Somaliland. Everything went perfectly – and our guide Awale was brilliant.
The experience: In February 2020, we, two friends from Berlin and Hamburg (Germany), traveled through Djibouti for two weeks. From Djibouti we spontaneously made a one-day trip by plane to Hargeisa: in the morning by plane from Djibouti City to Hargeisa, four hours sightseeing in Hargeisa, in the afternoon flight back to Djibouti City.
Booking and communication: We booked the Hargeisa sightseeing tour two days in advance from Djibouti through the Somaliland Travel Agency. Communication via email was quick and easy. Managing Director Abdullahi provided us with friendly, competent and good English advice via e-mail – and also provided excellent support with the entry formalities to Somaliland.
Guide: Guide Awale picked us up at Hargeisa airport on time and showed us the highlights of Hargeisa. Awale is a marvelous, outstanding guide – perfect English, very polite, highly informative and absolutely customer-oriented. We experienced a lot in the short time and learned a lot from Awale – and we were able to discuss the history as well as the cultural, political and economic present of Somaliland with him. Awale was more than a guide – for us he was like a good friend for a day and at the same time a fascinating ambassador for Somaliland. Thank you very much, Awale!
Hargeisa sightseeing tour: Hargeisa is one of the friendliest, most colorful, and at the same time dustiest big cities I’ve ever seen. Visiting Hargeisa is a unique, beautiful experience. The sightseeing tour that Somaliland Travel Agency arranged for us included all highlights such as the Civil War Memorial, the Central Market, the Money Market and the Saryan Museum. An off-road vehicle was available for the sightseeing tour, which Awale drove carefully through the lively city. The culinary highlight was a delicious lunch at the Fish & Steak House before Awale brought us back to the airport.
Somaliland was perfect! I told them the days I had and what I wanted to do and they arranged everything for me.
Accommodation, food, transport and guides were perfect. I took over toys and clothing and we were able to hand them out along the way.
Laas Geel was something I’ve wanted to see for awhile as the history nerd inside of me and they made this trip a memorable one.
I would highly recommend their professional service, contact and enjoyable time.
I booked a short two night/one full day touring quickie.
Somaliland TA stood out because they got back to my queries quickly, and in perfect English which helped this American.
Stayed in nice hotel, and all was on time in great vehicles, with great driver.
Went to Las Geel rock drawings, a rough transit. They made it easy.
Very professional and knowledgeable tour guide and superbe driver; we did the two day Lac Abbé – Lac Assal tour in Djibouti in October 2019 on very short notice and Somalilandtravel set it all up for us in a matter of days. Thumbs up for their customer service! The tour itself I can also highly recommend, especially in October when there are few tourists around.
Used Somaliland Travel Agency to arranged my tours in Djibouti and Hargeisa in Somaliland. The tours were great in these two locations! Special thanks to my guide Akram in Djibouti and Awale in Somaliland, they are great tour guides and Awale is an amazing driver. They are super accommodative and friendly. I have been in contact with Abdullahi who supported me in terms of planning. He is responsive and reply my email within 24 hours and very understanding as well. In Djibouti, I have visited Lake Assal and in Somaliland I have visited Las Geel. I felt safe when I was in Somaliland and really had a great time.
I recommend their service if you are planning to visit Djibouti and Somaliland !!
En rentrant de Djibouti, j’en ai profité pour passer 3 jours au Somaliland; L’agence a été super reactive est m’a proposé une excursion à Laas Geel, Berbera pour finir à Hargeisa. Le guide Abdilahi s’est mis en quatre et à repondu à toutes les questions et m’a vraiment montré tout ce qu’il y avait à voir; présence aussi du garde armé, mais à aucun moment je ne me suis senti en insecurité. Un peu cher quand meme et aurait pu etre un peu compacté, mais dans l’ensemble, rien à redire. Je recommande, en combinant avec un tour à Djibouti.
Abdullahi and Awale were both very responsive to initial emails, and helped fit me into a tight schedule. If I had more time, I would have loved to go to Berbera as well.
The trip to Laas Geel was great. Awale provided lots of background information on the cave art, and I learned alot about the history of the site and of Somaliland in general.
Somaliland is incredible, but it is virtually impossible to travel alone in the country. Somaliland Travel Agency opens up the country to visitors. The trip I took to Laas Geel was authentic and low-key, not the sort of “touristy” experience I typically associate with paid-excursions.
Overall, this is the company to contact if you wish to maximize your experience in Somaliland. Somaliland is a wonderful place, and its people have much to be proud of. I’m glad that I got to see Laas Geel, and only wish I had more time to see more of the country!
Having attempted to combine a journey to Ethiopia with one to Djibouti with a UK based agency I failed due to seeming disinterest on its part. This proved to be a blessing as I researched local agencies and happened upon Somaliland Travel.
The initial request was speedily answered and the detail made me select it from its competitors. All through the process I was impressed by the response time which was often almost by return. Help in obtaining a letter of introduction for the visa process astonished me. I asked one afternoon and received the letter the next morning.
Payment was clear. A deposit was taken by credit card or Paypal and the rest in djibouti in US dollars. The latter provided amusement as it was exchanged for local currency with a woman who touted a large money bag. Our guide had already phoned ahead for the transaction.
Our guide, Akrem, was excellent he took great care of us was punctual, knowledgable and friendly. He speaks a variety of languages and his English was fluent.
The trip was more than one to Lacs Abbé and Assal. He took in the geological highlights such as the point where the three tectonic plates are separating and pulling Djibouti apart. He also acted as a wildlife guide and we saw many species. We interacted with local villagers
Our driver was excellent. He made us feel safe. He knew the routes very well as he came from a village near Lac Abbé. His ability to drive on the rugged terrain was much appreciated.
Somaliland Travel offers value for money and great professionalism.
I only decided to visit Somaliland two days before travelling, and from the first contact with Abdullahi, the owner of the Agency, everything went incredibly smoothly. Although it was a busy season, Abdullahi responded immediately to my emails and I managed to join another person on his private tour.
I spent three days visiting Hargeisa, Las Geel, Berbera and Dhagax Khoure and everywhere we went the friendliness and openness of the Somaliland people was apparent. As a woman travelling alone, at no time did I feel in any way threatened or afraid and people were incredibly welcoming and hospitable, inviting us into their houses and to share their food. Awale, the guide is very professional and kind, and always made sure that I was looked after, especially when I was not feeling well upon arrival. Kasey the friendly guard accompanied us at all times, and throughout our trip Abdullahi was following up continually with Awale to make sure everything was going well.
I enjoyed every minute of my time spent in Somaliland and can highly recommend visiting Somaliland with Somaliland Travel.
The dream came tru thanks to the Agency!
They were extremely professional and I didn’t have to worry about anything, from transportation, to security, food, drinks and timing.
I sent them email 1 week in advance to organize everything. They picked me up at the airport and took to the site.
No words to describe how beautiful the Las Geel was, how safe I felt myself in the country.
Only positive words and highly recommended if you’re searching for the new places and destinations off the beaten track.
Thanks to the Somaliland Travel Agency it all went smooth and easy.