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Best Time to Visit Somaliland in 2024 for Cultural Exploration and Wildlife. Somaliland Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Somaliland

  • Optimal: November to February (cooler temperatures and reduced heat).
  • For cultural exploration: November and December are ideal.
  • For wildlife: July and August offer the best opportunities.
  • Other favorable months: March, April, and October.

Geography facts

  • Location: Horn of Africa, eastern part of Africa.
  • Area: 176,120 km².
  • Borders: Ethiopia to the south and west, Djibouti to the northwest, and Somalia to the east.
  • Landscape: Predominantly arid and semi-arid with plateaus and mountains. Highest point: Shimbiris at 2,416 meters.

Somaliland, a self-declared state, offers a unique cultural and historical experience. Visitors can explore ancient rock art, bustling markets, and rich traditions that have been preserved over centuries.

Climate

  • General: Arid to semi-arid with little seasonal variation in temperature.
  • Coolest months: November to February.
  • Hottest months: June to September.
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Daytime temperatures: Around +25°C (77°F).
  • Night temperatures: Around +15°C (59°F).
  • Rainfall: Minimal, with around 10 mm.
  • Activities: Ideal for visiting Laas Geel rock art and exploring Hargeisa.

February

  • Daytime temperatures: +26°C (79°F).
  • Night temperatures: +16°C (61°F).
  • Rainfall: Low, around 15 mm.
  • Activities: Great for cultural festivals and markets.
Somaliland (c) Wikipedia

March

  • Daytime temperatures: +28°C (82°F).
  • Night temperatures: +18°C (64°F).
  • Rainfall: Around 20 mm.
  • Activities: Exploring historical sites and wildlife spotting.

April

  • Daytime temperatures: +30°C (86°F).
  • Night temperatures: +20°C (68°F).
  • Rainfall: Moderate, around 30 mm.
  • Activities: Good for bird watching and hiking in cooler highlands.

May

  • Daytime temperatures: +32°C (90°F).
  • Night temperatures: +22°C (72°F).
  • Rainfall: Around 40 mm.
  • Activities: Desert excursions and camel rides.

June

  • Daytime temperatures: +34°C (93°F).
  • Night temperatures: +24°C (75°F).
  • Rainfall: Minimal, around 10 mm.
  • Activities: Visiting coastal areas like Berbera for cooler sea breezes.
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Daytime temperatures: +35°C (95°F).
  • Night temperatures: +25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: Low, around 5 mm.
  • Activities: Wildlife spotting and visiting historical ruins.

August

  • Daytime temperatures: +35°C (95°F).
  • Night temperatures: +25°C (77°F).
  • Rainfall: Minimal, around 5 mm.
  • Activities: Wildlife viewing and attending cultural festivals.

September

  • Daytime temperatures: +34°C (93°F).
  • Night temperatures: +24°C (75°F).
  • Rainfall: Slight increase, around 15 mm.
  • Activities: Exploring coastal areas and enjoying local markets.
Somaliland (c) i.pinimg.com

October

  • Daytime temperatures: +32°C (90°F).
  • Night temperatures: +22°C (72°F).
  • Rainfall: Around 30 mm.
  • Activities: Ideal for hiking and exploring natural landscapes.

November

  • Daytime temperatures: +29°C (84°F).
  • Night temperatures: +20°C (68°F).
  • Rainfall: Around 25 mm.
  • Activities: Best time for cultural exploration and visiting Hargeisa.

December

  • Daytime temperatures: +27°C (81°F).
  • Night temperatures: +18°C (64°F).
  • Rainfall: Around 20 mm.
  • Activities: Visiting historical sites and enjoying cooler weather.

Somaliland offers a diverse array of experiences, from exploring ancient rock art to vibrant markets and unique wildlife. The best time to visit for cultural exploration is during the cooler months of November to February, while wildlife enthusiasts will find July and August particularly rewarding.

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