Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somaliland - 13 days
Djibouti, the Danakil Depression and Somaliland
Prices from £4,299

Somaliland Holidays

The horn of Africa is a fascinating mélange of cultures, from nomadic herders to Arabian traders and influences from across the Indian Ocean. It is also home to some of the continent’s most remote and breathtaking landscapes, a land where the taste of the wild is in the air, simply begging the intrepid traveller to explore. Starting in Djibouti we visit Lac Assal and the spectacular Lac Abbe, a vast salt lake with tall limestone chimneys belching gas into the air that looks for all the world like it should be on another planet. We then cross into Ethiopia, heading into the Afar desert and meeting the formidable Afar people, once feared throughout the region and fiercely independent and traditional. We hike up the volcano of Erta Ale and marvel at its lava lake, visit the hot springs at Dallol - the hottest place on earth - and look out for camel caravans carting blocks of salt across the desert, a time honoured practice in place for centuries.

From Addis Ababa we fly to Hargeisa, the low key capital of Somaliland where we explore the central markets, full of exceptionally friendly traders. At Las Geel see some of Africa's most incredible rock art which was only discovered a few years ago, and in the coastal city of Berbera explore the streets of Darole, packed full of Ottoman era architecture and reminiscent of the better known towns of the Swahili Coast. Finally, on our way back to Hargeisa we drive off road through gorgeous landscapes to the rock paintings of Dhagax Khoure, meeting nomadic communities en route. This is most certainly not a conventional destination, and infrastructure can be simple in place, but there are few places in the world that can compete with this region for real adventure.

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