Had it not been for the Somaliland’s connection to it’s southern counterpart, Somalia, Laas Geel would surely be a Global Heritage Site. Supertstitiously regarded by local inhabitants, who kept their distance, and thus discovered no earlier than 2010 by French archaeologists, the paintings, which show a glimpse of the life our ancestors led, have since been dated to between 5,000 and 10,000 years old.
Abaca is an owner run mobile camp located throughout Somaliland, offering the opportunity to experience everything this relatively unexplored country has to offer, from the forests of Daaloo to the cave paintings of Laas Geel to the cities of Berbera and Hargeisa.
The brainchild of Graeme Lemon and Peter Tetlow, two highly experienced guides who have since the 1980s and until reasonably recently been working in Zimbabwe and then abroad, Abaca Private Mobile Camp is the result of decades worth of on-the-ground experience. Based in Ethiopia since 2010, it branched out into neighbouring Somaliland in 2014, and represents a collaboration designed to fill a gap in the Ethiopian and Somaliland safari market: a quest driven mobile safari set in some of the world’s most extraordinary wildernesses.
A genuine frontier experience, Abaca Private Mobile Camp is an entirely canvas affair, and consists of a mess tent and sleeping tents. Imported from South Africa, the tents are comfortable but basic, with sturdy canvas walls and floors, the latter reinforced by thick camping mats. Each tent contains double or twin beds, a veranda and en-suite facilities that include hot water and a flush-toilet.
Set and struck every few days, activities with Abaca Private Mobile Camp include cultural visits, guided walks and sundowners.