The government of Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia – the northwestern third of the country – declared independence in 1991 and has sought international recognition ever since. The capital Hargeisa is relatively prosperous and safe, and has some international flight connections, but overland travel around the rest of Somaliland is still subject to restrictions.
We don’t cover any of the Somali territories in the book because we don’t recommend you visit. If you do, you should proceed with extreme caution. Most travellers doing so will have business or media connections to assist them and provide reliable fixers and bodyguards. If you’re simply a chronically intrepid tourist, your best bet is to tap into the experiences of others who have recently done the same: several users on Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree forum have posted practical advice about their travels in the region.
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