Somaliland is a country that doesn’t exist, at least in a legal sense. However, as an oasis of calm in Somalia’s chaotic recent history, Somaliland’s unilateral self-declared independence appears to have much to recommend it.
The Horn of Africa is an interesting though frequently uncertain neighborhood, a focus for trade, and a place where African and Arab cultural DNA splits and recombines in surprising ways. Travel in Somaliland remains a pioneering undertaking, there is no tourist trail. An acceptance that comfort and convenience may be compromised is a prerequisite.
However, if you’ve read this far such shortcomings are unlikely to put you off, and instead form part of the attraction.