Landmarks and Attractions
Despite the years of conflict and ongoing instability, life in Somalia goes on. While not exactly on the list of many people’s must-see destinations, the country has many interesting attractions for those who venture into its lands. Here are some of the best places and sights when visiting the country.
Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland
Why go: Laas Geel is a series of caves that feature well-preserved ancient paintings that date back to the Neolithic age.
Location: East of Somaliland
Why go: In a country that is often stricken by drought and with areas that feature landscapes with sparse vegetation, the Cal Madow mountain range stands out for its lush forests. It is home to wild frankincense trees and unique flora and fauna.
Kismayo National Park
Why go: Kismayo National Park sites roughly 30 kilometers away from the town of Kismayo. It is home to a wide array of wildlife endemic to the East African region. The place is famous for its wildlife safari, birdwatching, and other outdoor activities and adventures.
Location: Berbera District
Why go: The seaside of Berbera boasts of unspoilt beaches and stunning blue waters. It is a great place for beachcombing, lazing around under the sun, snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing among others.
Shanghai Old City
Why go: Despite the damage caused by conflict and civil war, Shanghai Old City remains to be one of the most beautiful and popular attractions of the city. Its Chinese architecture and old-world feel are among the top reasons to explore this part of Mogadishu.