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22 Aug 2013

Laas Geel

Around 50km or so North East along the road from Hargeisa to Berbera, the capital and port city of Somaliland respectively, there is a rocky outcrop that is home to a set of caves and shelters that feature what are considered to be some the best preserved cave paintings in Africa.

These paintings are estimated to be between 5,000 and 11,000 years old and despite being known to the local community for hundreds of years they were only discovered by the international community in 2002 when a French research team was lead to the outcrop by locals. A visit requires a permit that can issued in the capital and this, as well as a guide/driver/car/government security officer, can be arranged by any half decent hotel in Hargeisa. The aforementioned security officer (SPU) is mandatory for travelling east of the capital.

The site is also one of the easiest ways to get away from the countries main roads and towns providing a good opportunity to see some wildlife