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Somalia : When and where to go?
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Somalia: Climate & Weather
The climate divides the year into dry seasons and seasons of rain: the first ones extend from April to August and from January to February, and the second from March to May and from September to December. The summer months are the most suitable for a visit of the country, because even if the heat is important (about 32 ° C), the air is refreshed by the monsoon winds.
30°C - 86°F
Mogadishu, updated 15:00 GMT
What to do in Somalia
In civil war since 1991, Somalia is not a tourist destination, because it is too unstable and dangerous at the time of writing. It could however offer the traveler interesting sites:
• Its sumptuous white sandy beaches, with offshore coral reefs where divers can enjoy themselves: but watch out for sharks!
• The port of Merca, south of Mogadishu, offering beautiful architecture in the Arabic style.
• A very rich culture due to the different civilizations that have traded with the local populations: Europeans, Arabs, Africans, Indians have left their traces.
• In the mountains and on the desert plateaus of the north, you will meet nomads with their flocks of camels, goats or sheep. It is here that the Ogo mountains rise to 2660 meters.
• In the south are the only fertile areas bathed by rivers flowing from Ethiopia, offering a flat but much greener landscape.
• A flora that has two plants belonging to the local culture: first frankincense, which is used in the manufacture of incense and perfumes; Then qat, considered as a drug because of its euphoric properties, and whose consumption is illegal.
• A fauna whose dromedary is the most important representative: it is indeed the animal of which Somalia is the first breeder in the world. There are still many hippos and crocodiles in the wild, but after the war and drought, many lions, zebras, giraffes and elephants have disappeared.
Somalia : The basics
A valid passport is required and a visa can be obtained at some airports in the country upon arrival.
The current currency is the Somali Shilling (SOS).
Arriving by plane, we must stop in Djibouti before landing at Hargeysa, Mogadiscio or Burao (knowing that flights can be canceled at any time).
To travel in the country, there are theoretically domestic flights and buses, but the civil war limits these movements and makes them very uncertain. The road network is in very poor condition. In the capital there are minibuses and taxis from 7 am to 2 pm from Saturday to Thursday.
Health: Get vaccinated against yellow fever, but also against hepatitis A and B and meningitis A and C, in addition to your conventional vaccinations. Take treatment to protect yourself from malaria, as well as all precautions against cholera that is still present on the territory: wash your hands, drink sterilized water, wash fruits and vegetables and cook them after having them Peeled. Do not consume dairy products.
Security: Somalia is always dangerous, and therefore strongly discouraged as part of a tourist trip.