Somaliland is the only part of Somalia that one can visit on a tour different than the one depicted in “Captain Phillips” blockbuster. There are many sights to behold: recently discovered neolithic paintings of Laas Geel, rusting ships in the old pirate port of Berbera and the wonderful effects of mildly psychedelic plant known as khat. All these things were interesting, but still not quite as exciting as slipping through military checkpoints to reach the elusive and unknown mountain massive of Cal Madow. And all that to be fire upon by our “security detail” forced upon us by overly officious local police chef.
Route: Hargeisa – Laas Geel – Berbera – Burco – Ceerigaabo – Hargeisa