Last updated: 4 March 2018
Somalia located on the horn of Africa is a war zone plagued by pirates, terrorists and kidnappers. Only the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland is relatively safe for travel.

Somalia has the longest coastline on the African continent. It has a variety of natural habitats from rainforests to grasslands and mountains, but after years of drought, war and famine the beautiful landscapes are somewhat jaded.

The capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, is considered one of the most dangerous places on earth. Here bullet-scarred buildings form a backdrop to busy markets. The cathedral in Mogadishu is nothing but a battle-scarred shell.


Some vestiges of Mogadishu’s former splendour peak through the drab reminders of war, where colorful fishing boats bob on the sapphire waters that lap the Italian colonial inspired waterfront.

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