A former British colony, Somaliland enjoyed a few days of independence in the 1960s before uniting with the former Italian colony in the south. After the government and civil order collapsed in 1991, Somaliland declared independence. Though it has full control over its territory, it remains unrecognised. It has maintained a central government and far greater security than Somalia.

The government encourages foreign tourists to visit but the UK Foreign Office nevertheless advises against all travel to the area. Unemployment is an estimated 80%. Most of the few tourists who do arrive visit the ancient Laas Gaal cave paintings just outside the capital, Hargeisa.


Somaliland flag

Why you should go:

It's a safer alternative to Somalia and you really want to visit the Horn of Africa.

Why you shouldn't:

There are no embassies there.

Map of Somaliland