by Philip Briggs


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About this book

Little known to the outside world, Somaliland has much to offer the truly intrepid traveller. This pioneering guidebook introduces one of the world's least chartered travel destinations. Author Philip Briggs covers everything from the low-key capital Hargeisa and mediaeval port of Berbera to peerless rock art sites such as Las Geel, and the scenery and wildlife of the Daallo Escarpment, towering 2,000m high above the pristine reefs of the Gulf of Aden. Somaliland's ruined cities and historical ports date back 5,000 years and have links with ancient Egypt and Axum in northern Ethiopia, as well as the Ottoman and British Empires. This guide offers background and practical information to every accessible corner of the country with the only real maps in existence of its capital and other large towns, and a section on wildlife.

About the author

Philip Briggs is a travel writer and tour leader specialising in East Africa. He has written numerous Bradt guides to the African continent.

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Press reviews

'Briggs' love for Africa, and his deep respect for its people, inform and illuminate the whole experience.'
Travel Africa

'Somaliland appears in a first edition and is the item of choice for anyone planning a visit to the region - including Addis Ababa and Eastern Ethiopia. From visa requirements and how to travel in the region to sights to see and places to stay, this covers one of the world's least-charted travel destinations and provides everything needed to understand the area and its attractions. Most guides list Somaliland as a side attraction to other nearby areas: this dedication to the country as a whole is a 'must' for travelers who want in-depth coverage over generalities, and is a pick for any independent travel library.'
California Bookwatch

'The Somaliland guide book is very good and provides a lot of necessary information about Somaliland. I commend you for this great piece of work and hope you will continue updating it.'
Ali A Awale
Head of the Somaliland Mission UK

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Somaliland - with Addis Ababa & Eastern Ethiopia
Review by Somaliland Tours -
I can honestly say this guide is very useful and has immense value, all the information you will need about Somaliland tourism is in the book, lots of informative details, well researched.

Abdinasir A Ibrahim
Managing Director
Somaliland Travel & Tours Agency

(Posted on 13/01/2014)

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(1) Introduction
Part One General Information
(2) Chapter 1 Background Information
History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Arts and music
(3) Chapter 2 Natural History
Lay of the land, Mammals, Reptiles and amphibians, Birds, Marine wildlife
(4) Chapter 3 Practical Information
When to visit, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Safety, Women travellers, Gay travellers,
What to take, Money and budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and weekends, Shopping, Photography, Media and communications, Travelling positively
(5) Chapter 4 Health
Before you go, Medical facilities in Somaliland, Malaria, Other diseases, Dangerous animals
Part two The guide
(6) Chapter 5 Hargeisa
History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Getting around, Tourist information, Tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see
(7) Chapter 6 Las Geel and the Berbera road
Aw-Barkadle, Las Geel, Ga'an Libah Reserve, Beira Hills, Xabaalo Tumaalood
(8) Chapter 7 Berbera and surrounds
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to
eat, Other practicalities, What to see, Around Berbera
(9) Chapter 8 Sheikh and Burao
Sheikh, Burao
(10) Chapter 9 Sanaag
Burao to Erigavo, Erigavo, Daalo Forest, Maydh
(11) Chapter 10 West of Hargeisa
Rock art sites on the Borama road, Tog Wajaale, Borama, Zeila, Giriyad Plains, Looyada
(12) Chapter 11 Overland routes to Hargeisa from Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Harar, Jijiga
(13) Appendix 1 Language
(14) Appendix 2 Further reading