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. Bradt Travel Guide: Somaliland 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.
"Briggs' love for Africa, and his deep respect for its people, inform and illuminate the whole experience."
- Travel Africa
Part One General Information
Chapter 1 Background Information
History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Arts and music
Chapter 2 Natural History
Lay of the land, Mammals, Reptiles and amphibians, Birds, Marine wildlife
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
Chapter 4 Health
Before you go, Medical facilities in Somaliland, Malaria, Other diseases, Dangerous animals
Part two The guide
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
Chapter 6 Las Geel and the Berbera road
Aw-Barkadle, Las Geel, Ga'an Libah Reserve, Beira Hills, Xabaalo Tumaalood
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
Chapter 8 Sheikh and Burao
Chapter 9 Sanaag
Burao to Erigavo, Erigavo, Daalo Forest, Maydh
Chapter 10 West of Hargeisa
Rock art sites on the Borama road, Tog Wajaale, Borama, Zeila, Giriyad Plains, Looyada
Chapter 11 Overland routes to Hargeisa from Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Harar, Jijiga
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Further reading
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Philip Briggs is a travel writer and tour leader specialising in East Africa. He has written numerous Bradt guides to the African continent.