Even though Somalia is currently a rather dangerous destination as a result of ongoing conflicts, the country still has numerous must-see parks, museums and historical landmarks. It is necessary for everyone visiting Somalia to go sightseeing in the nature and to explore the history of the country in its impressive museums. In this guide, we will help you decide on the places to go – or at least try to convince you to add Somalia to your bucket list.
To begin with, familiarize yourself with the culture and history of this African country by visiting the National Museum of Somalia. Located in Mogadishu, the capital of the country, it houses numerous significant historical artefacts, such as traditional artwork, pottery items, ancient weapons and coins. Through the four exhibition rooms, you can observe archaeological findings of the surrounding area – the museum building itself was built in 1872 at the request of the Omani Sultan of Zanzibar.
In order to explore the natural environment of Somalia, you have to go sightseeing in the Kismayo National Park, located in the southwest region of the country. Here you can take part in a safari tour and discover Somalia’s unique flora and fauna. It is one of the few locations in the region where travellers can see lions, zebras, wild boars and antelopes, which are native to the East African region.
Berbera seaside is a perfect area to relax on one of the beautiful beaches and admire gorgeous views that are not overcrowded by tourists. Here Somalia’s visitors can also try scuba diving, surfing, fishing and snorkelling, in addition to exploring coral reefs.
Finally, to make the most of their trip, tourists have to visit Laas Geel – probably the best-known landmark in Somalia. It is a series of caves with hundreds of well-preserved ancient Neolithic paintings that date back to 9000 BC. You are required to have a guide with you while exploring the caves, exposed to the international community only less than fifteen years ago by a team of French researchers.