When doing research for my recent trip to southern Somalia, information online was almost impossible to find. Basic info on accommodation and security took hours, if not days, of trawling through every corner of the web.
There was NO decent information about visiting Mogadishu.
Screw Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Wikitravel, and Bradt. Naughty Nomad is the only source that has you covered – the one travel outfit that has the balls to do the groundwork in the world’s wildest frontiers.
Step 1: Getting a Visa
The best place to organise your visa is at the embassy in Addis Ababa. For most nationalities all you need is one passport photo and $50. That’s it! Just fill in an application form at the embassy and you’ll get you’re visa in within the hour. However, sometimes it take you to one day. We had to wait 24 hours at the consulate was not there to sign the visas.
For more info you can email the embassy directly at somaliembassyaa
The embassy is located just west of Bole road, 10 mins from the Somaliland embassy. You’re best bet is just ask a taxi driver to take you there.
Please Note: A Somalia visa will not suffice if you’re visiting Somaliland in the north. You need to visit their embassy to get that (which has recently moved just west of Bole Road. The process is more or less similar with a same day turnaround.
Step 2: Organize Logisitics
You will not get past the airport without local contacts, so I’m here to help.
Today, I would like to announce VISIT SOMALIA tours… a safe way to visit the city and it’s surrounding, at a price that’s affordable. Please note, I make no money from this site or venture, I’m simply doing it out of passion for fellow adventurers and the Somali people, who have struggled throughout the last two decades. Future travelers NEED this site and the information on it.
Our crew had a great time in Somalia and want others to visit. There has never been a better time to visit, with Africa’s longest coastline just waiting to be discovered. And so, I’ve helped launch the very first tourism project in the country, which have been recognized by the Somali government and been featured Somali TV. This venture was devised with a bunch of trusted British Somalian guy who have returned to their homeland after peace is slowly being restored. These guys saved my ass countless times and showed me an AMAZING time.
Visit Somalia caters for everything from hotels, tours, security, transport and nightlife. Hell, if you even want to meet some Somali girls while your there, just talk to my guys!
Tours offered include the site of Black Hawk down (tanks are still there), Jezira beach, Bakaara market, Lido, City Ruins, Nightlife and more!