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Laas geel has one of best preserved caveman's painting which is estimated to go back up to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fuad M
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Ancient neolithic Rock paintings

This is THE place to visit in Somaliland or North Somalia, it depends if you want to recognize... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Laas geel has one of best preserved caveman's painting which is estimated to go back up to 9000-3000 BC. the site is newly discovered around 2002..ao it needs some basic infrustrucures like proper road, rest area, restaurants and maybe a hotel..other than that it is...More

3  Thank Fuad M
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Very impressed with the conservation of the paintings! The location is far and difficult to reach but worth the afternoon trip. Best advice: Pay your entrance fee first. The guards tried to charge our team an absurd amount of money as we were trying to...More

3  Thank GlobalDegree
Reviewed 30 August 2018

This is THE place to visit in Somaliland or North Somalia, it depends if you want to recognize Somaliland as an indepent country or not. Several kilometres north of Hargeysa, easy accessible if you can manage to organize a driver or guide which can also...More

2  Thank MSE_281
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Super impressed with the conservation of the paintings! Although the cave location is quite remote it was well worth the 2hr drive from Hargeisa. Side note: You're technically required a permit from the government to film/photograph but the guards aren't very strict and will let...More

3  Thank devonsteeves
Reviewed 18 March 2018

A 1.5hour drive from Hargeisa you arrive at the isolated Las Geel Cave Paintings. Several rock shelters colorfully decorated in ancient painting of cows and herders that date back to anywhere between 9000 and 3000BC. Undiscovered by Westerners until late 2002, this destination is a...More

1  Thank Dan N
Reviewed 14 January 2018

Series of shallow caves under granite overhangs in the Somaliland desert off the road between Hargeisa and Berbera. At first glance, this might seem to be a very inhospitable place for habitation but it is at the convergence of two wadis and a short dig...More

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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

The best 'tourist attraction' in Africa. The cave paintings are so clear, they could've been done a week ago. 6 or 7 amazing caves which are clean and un-graffitied, worth the trip to Somaliland for and the cost of hiring a guide/security guard etc. A...More

1  Thank g0disl0ve
Reviewed 12 December 2017

I was prepared for the trip, but still the visit surpassed all expectations. The sites are absolutely amazing, both in content and preservation, and the sheer quantity of paintings is overwhelming. There are nine major shelters on the low rock outcrop, you need abou 3-4...More

1  Thank andrasz
Reviewed 1 June 2017

On the road to Berbera from Hargeisa, we turned off on a dirt road and a few minutes later we were at Las Geel. We climbed over rocks and into small caverns. The petroglyph cave paintings were spectacular.

3  Thank Tim G
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I loved this site. The rock paintings are remarkably well preserved and there's a great number of them in each cave to admire. A great half-day excursion from the city

2  Thank Cyba
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Response from andrasz | Reviewed this property |
The distance from the car park to the sites is about 200 metres, involving an ascent (on a built concrete walkway with steps) of avout 25-30 metres. I'd say if your condition permits you to travel that far, then making the... More
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windwardpassage1
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No way. You need about 1.5 hours to get there, same back, and you need to be at the airport for the 5pm flight latest around 3pm. To visit Laas Geel you need to arrive the day before, and start early in the morning. We did... More
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