Somalia Officially Known as the Republic of Somalia is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on the continent’s mainland, and its terrain consists mainly of plateaus, plains and highlands. Climatically, hot conditions prevail year-round, with periodic monsoon winds and irregular rainfall.
For Self driving in Somalia is very difficult as the situation in Somalia is changing and constantly unstable at the a Very Fast Rate due to the Al Shabaab terror group continue to issue threats against Westerners and Mogadishu remains a no go area however with the help of African Union Army ( Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and many more Somalia has achieved some peace. For Self driving Independent travelers are advised to check with your Government website before considering travel to any part of Somalia.
Avon Self drive advise Self Drive Travelers to use the locals Car Rental Companies to Avoid Getting into Problems and most of the Somalia’s infrastructure was destroyed during the civil war and is only now being restored. As a result, the accommodation options are limited and expect the problem of Accommodations.
Excessive speed and poor driving standards make many local drivers as dangerous as the roads themselves. Many vehicles are unlicensed and many drivers lack basic driver training or insurance. Emergency services are limited in Cities and nonexistent in many parts of the country. You should always carry spare tires, fuel, and tools on long trips and be prepared to wait a long time for assistance.
Car rental is possible. Depending on the type of car there might be some restrictions. For example a lot of car rentals in Hargeisa rent 4WD only for a minimum of 5 days.One way rental is not possible and specially cross boarding towards Punt land and Mogadishu is difficult with a rental from Somalian Land. The roads are in poor conditions in most areas