More than 1.2 million people call Hargeisa home. The capital of Somaliland is safe, peaceful and growing rapidly since Somalia’s collapse in 1991. While the scars of the civil war can still be seen on the city streets, Hargeisa represents the optimistic future of Somalia with its influx of foreign investments.
There are no real tourist sights in Hargeisa, but that is part of its appeal. The market in the town’s center is worth visiting, as are the camel markets on the outskirts of the city. The locals are extremely welcoming when they see visitors wandering in the streets, and foreigners are often made the center of attention. The city also has many of the conveniences visitors look for, including restaurants serving up delicious dishes, hotels staffed with English speakers, exotic teashops, public transportation, Internet cafes and more. The neighborhoods are lively, the streets are busy and the air is thick with positive energy.
Hargeisa Geographical Location
Hargeisa is located in the northwest of Somaliland in a valley of the Galgodon highlands.
It is the second-largest city in Somaliland with a population of approximately 1,300,000.
English, Somali, and Arabic are the official languages of Somaliland with much of the population being bilingual.
Hargeisa Predominant Religion
- 100% Muslim
Islam is the state religion of Somaliland. The promotion of any other religion is illegal.
The Somaliland Shilling is the official currency of Somaliland.
The altitude and location within an enclosed valley gives Hargeisa a milder climate than the rest of the country in addition to more rainfall. It is hot throughout the year in Hargeisa with the summers becoming uncomfortable.
Hargeisa Main Attractions
- The Central Mosque
- The Independence Monument
- Laas Gaal
Other Attraction in Hargeisa
- Hargeisa Camel Market