Wednesday, December 7, 2022


Somalia Flag

Why visit Somalia?
Most commonly visited by experienced Journalists & Relief Workers; not a common tourist destination regardless of their architecture, beaches, camel markets, culture, historical sites, mountain ranges, national parks, and waterfalls.

At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Baskets, camel bone jewelry, handwoven fabrics, and wood carvings.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Baasto (pasta). Barlis Skukaris, (rice dish). Gashaato (sweet snack). Lahoh (bread). Lokma (fried pastry). Malawax (crepe). Muufo (flatbread). Sabaayad (flatbread).  
  • Local Drink to Try: Raqey (tamarind). Vimto (soft drink).

Fun Facts
  • Located on the Horn of Africa.
  • Mogadishu is 2 degrees north of the Equator.
  • Roughly shaped like a tilted number seven.
  • Longest coastline on the mainland of Africa.
  • Only has 2 rivers (Jubba and Shabele).
  • After meals, residents traditionally burn incense in homes.
  • At bedtime, locals tend to consume a glass of milk spiced with cardamom.

Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Labor Day, Eid al-Fitr, Independence Day, Eid al-Adha, Ashura, and Mawlid.

Good to Know
  • Crime is an issue.
  • Credit cards and traveler's checks are rarely accepted.
  • English is taught and widely spoken.
  • Electricity systems are poor.
  • Terrain is flat with hills in the northern region.
  • Daylight is 6AM - 6PM throughout the year (Mogadishu).
  • Due to Bilharzia (parasite) avoid standing, swimming, or wading in still waters.
  • Majority of citizens are Muslim.
  • January - February and August blowing sand causes eye irritation.
  • Healthcare and treatment centers are far below western standards.
  • Avoid tap water consumption.
  • Medicines are in short supply.
  • Same-sex sexual relations is punishable between 3 months - 3 years in prison.
  • Road conditions are poor.
  • Requires SIM cards purchased locally with cell phone compatibility.
  • Dining sanitization is commonly below western standards. 
  • Avoid large gatherings and public demonstrations.
  • Ambulance services are not present or unreliable.
  • U.S. dollars are widely accepted. 
  • Humidity averages around 80% throughout the year.
  • Dinner tends to be served around 9PM. 
  • April - June  & October - December is considered Rainy Season.
  • Photographing airports, border controls, government buildings, infrastructure, military installations, photos of people is prohibitive.
  • Most shillings (SOS) in circulation are believed to be counterfeit.
  • Prevalent Diseases: African Tick Bite Fever, Chikungunya, Cholera, Dengue, Hantavirus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Leishmaniasis, Leptospirosis, Malaria, Measles, Polio, Rabies, Schistosomiasis, Tuberculosis (TB), Typhoid, and Yellow Fever.

This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport with 6 months of validity upon return and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA required.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination from select countries. 

Subject to irregular rainfall, monsoon winds, and tsunami.

  • Best Time to Visit: June - September
  • Coolest Months: June - September
  • Hottest Months: June - September
  • Peak Season: June - August

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