Saturday, May 25, 2013

Somalia Holidays And Travel To Somalia

Somalia, the country present in the horn of Africa is a coastline country and one of the most beautiful places in the world. Bordered by countries like Ethiopia, Kenya and Dijubouti, this place is considered as a tourist destination if you maintain your safety and follow certain norms. Right now it is advised NOT TO TRAVEL into the country as it has been tagged as a WAR ZONE. So someday when you want to travel to this beautiful destination, this article will help you to understand about Somalia. To go to a country you need to know its climate. Somalia, like most African countries is basically a desert having a hot climate throughout the year and recurring droughts. The rain is seasonal and unpredictable.
The general temperature throughout the land is 30oC to 45oC barring the coastal regions. The period from May-October is considered as the best for travel as there is a gentle sea breeze sweeping the area. The region is divided into four main parts: Southern Somalia, Central Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland. The best regions to visit are the Somaliland and the Puntland. The Southern Somalia region is the home to the capital and the main war ridden zone. The three main cities are the Mogadishu, Hargeisa and Kismayo. Hargeisa is the capital of Somaliland and one of the safest places followed by Kismayo which is known for its wildlife. It is advised not to venture into war affected Mogadishu. You can either directly reach Somalia by plane (the safest way in and out of Somalia) or take transport from nearby countries. However travel by car is not advised as the borders are genrally sealed. Travelling around the city can either be done by using taxis or the public transport. The major tourist attractions can be divided into 4 types: the landscapes, the coasts, the towns and the wildlife. 

Landscapes: The northern mountains are places where you have a chance to see the nomads. The best region is in between Berbara and Hargesya. Another strikingly different landscape is the southern plains. The rivers from Ethiopia make this land fertile and green which gives a pleasant view to relax your mind. 

Coasts: The beach along Mogadishu is exquisite. Breathtaking scenes can be seen in the Zeila coast. Swimming is allowed in the beach and families frequent it in the weekends. Sharks also can be seen the beach. One advisory will be that women can swim only in full clothes. It’s a law that must be followed.Sinsui beach is another famous spot. 

Towns: Hargeysa is one of the most beautiful towns due to the fact that it has an altitude separating it from the others. It used to be one of the most visited cities before civil war destroyed it. Mogadishu had camel markets and colonial buildings as the main attractions before the civil war (again) which ruined most of it. 

Wildlife: Dromedaries are found in abundance over here. Before the war, there were a lot of lions, giraffes, zebras and hyenas. Now only crocodiles and hippopotami are found near the rivers. 

Apart from the sight-seeing, Somali cuisine is delicious to eat and also is one of the most famous things to do there. Go to a local restaurant and savor the taste of the authentic cuisine. Have the cultural tea or the Shah Hawaashin the local shops. 

Food, scenery and fun-this place has it all. Let us only hope that war tension eases in the near future and the country becomes safe to travel 
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