WHY VISIT SOMALIA
In civil war since 1991, Somalia is not a tourist destination, because it is too unstable and dangerous at the time of writing. It could however offer the traveler interesting sites:
Its sumptuous white sandy beaches, with offshore coral reefs where divers can enjoy themselves: but watch out for sharks!
The port of Merca, south of Mogadishu, offers beautiful architecture in Arabic style.
A very rich culture due to the different civilizations that have traded with the local populations: Europeans, Arabs, Africans, and Indians have left their traces.
In the mountains and on the desert plateaus of the north, you will meet nomads with their flocks of camels, goats, or sheep. It is here that the Ogo mountains rise to 2660 meters.
In the south are the only fertile areas bathed by rivers flowing from Ethiopia, offering a flat but much greener landscape.
A flora that has two plants belonging to the local culture: first frankincense, which is used in the manufacture of incense and perfumes; Then qat, considered a drug because of its euphoric properties, and whose consumption is illegal.
A fauna whose dromedary is the most important representative: it is indeed the animal of which Somalia is the first breeder in the world. There are still many hippos and crocodiles in the wild, but after the war and drought, many lions, zebras, giraffes, and elephants have disappeared.
WHAT TO SEE IN SOMALIA
WHEN TO GO TO SOMALIA
The best period to visit Somalia is from July to December.
The climate divides the year into dry seasons and seasons of rain: the first one extends from April to August and from January to February, and the second from March to May and from September to December. The summer months are the most suitable for a visit to the country because even if the heat is important (about 32° C), the air is refreshed by the monsoon winds.
Following is a list of typical festivals and celebrations of Somalia.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH SOMALIA
To travel in the country, there are theoretically domestic flights and buses, but the civil war limits these movements and makes them very uncertain. The road network is in very poor condition. In the capital, there are minibusses and taxis from 7 am to 2 pm from Saturday to Thursday.
by plane, the main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON SOMALIA
health tips & vaccination: Get vaccinated against yellow fever, but also against hepatitis A and B and meningitis A and C, in addition to your conventional vaccinations. Take treatment to protect yourself from malaria, as well as all precautions against cholera that is still present on the territory: wash your hands, drink sterilized water, wash fruits and vegetables and cook them after having them Peeled. Do not consume dairy products.
local currency: Somali Shilling
local time zone: GMT+3
electricity: type C (220 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN SOMALIA
typical food in Somalia
souvenirs from Somalia
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