14 days in Somalia & Socotra Island Itinerary

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Hargeysa, Somalia
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Mogadishu, Somalia
— 7 nights
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Socotra Island, Yemen
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Hargeysa, Somalia — 2 nights

A capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Hargeisa is the second-largest city in Somalia.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Laas Geel and then buy something for everyone on your list at Dahabshiil Business Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): pick up some local products at Livestock Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at MiG Jet, and then explore the galleries of Saryan Museum.

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Chennai, India to Hargeysa is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Hargeysa is minus 2.5 hours. In December, Hargeysa is slightly colder than Chennai - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Mogadishu.
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Mogadishu, Somalia — 7 nights

White Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Swim in the warm waters, stroll over white sand, or play volleyball and other sports on the beaches of Mogadishu, the White Pearl of the Indian Ocean.
Mogadishu is known for beaches, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Liido Beach Somalia, don't miss a visit to Shanghai Old City, get into the urban bustle at Villa Somalia, and appreciate the history behind The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier -Mogadishu.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mogadishu road trip planner.

Getting from Hargeysa to Mogadishu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Hargeysa, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Mogadishu, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 29°C. You'll set off for Socotra Island on the 10th (Sat).
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Socotra Island, Yemen — 3 nights

Galapagos of the Indian Ocean

Off coast of the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, Socotra Island has developed in almost total isolation, yielding a biodiversity that is unique in the world.
Socotra Island is known for parks and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Qalansiyah Beach, make a trip to Diksam, and enjoy the sand and surf at Arher Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Socotra Island trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mogadishu to Socotra Island. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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Somalia travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
With ancient historical sites, the longest coastline on the continent, a rich and varied cuisine, and sprawling desert and savannah landscapes, Somalia has plenty to make it appealing to international visitors. Events in the recent past, however, made holidays in Somalia nearly impossible. The civil war that began in 1991 led to the country being declared a failed state. The introduction of a new constitution and government in 2012 has led to a glimmer of optimism.
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