Cheap Flights to Mogadishu

Once virtually off-limits due to political instability, Mogadishu’s Aden Adde Airport is a symbol of a Somalia that is turning a corner. As a result of a recent remodelling by the Turkish government, the surprisingly modern terminal and customs processing makes it easy for business travellers, NGO workers, adventure seekers, and anyone who might be visiting their family. While there may not be many people who would recommend Mogadishu as a luxury or relaxing tourist destination, experienced travellers and those with local connections find that the city is energetic and stimulating, with enough contemporary resources to keep one sufficiently comfortable.

If you are not traveling to Somalia to see family, or to participate in humanitarian work, please be aware that the Canadian government currently advises against all travel to the country. Canada has no permanent diplomatic presence in Mogadishu, and it cannot guarantee your safety or provide emergency assistance in the case of terrorist attacks, governmental collapse, or kidnappings. If you must go to Somalia, prepare accordingly. Do not venture out alone at any time, for any reason, and do not travel without arranging a security detail first.

In case you still decide to visit, Untamed Borders offers secure tours of Mogadishu and other areas throughout Somalia. Individual hotels can also arrange for armed escorts. When you hit the town, you might be surprised at the architectural and cultural beauty that has managed to survive over the course of the past 30 years of instability. You may have a chance to swim, play football, and chat with the locals at Liido Beach and Jazira Beach, both of which offer genuinely stunning white sand and crystal clear water that could trick you into believing you’re in Belize. Bakaara Market gives travelers a taste of daily local life, with places that allow haggling for freshly-caught seafood, clothing, and hand-made crafts. A variety of crumbling colonial structures and sleek mosques add a significant dose of atmosphere to a Mogadishu trip.

Mogadishu is a dangerous destination and a traveller should carefully consider the risks before undertaking an adventure there. That said, the situation is far better than it was several years ago. The Somalians have committed to rebuilding the country, and many of the new tourist attractions, hotels, and restaurants exist because the people have dedicated their life into building a better future for their country.

If you want to witness a country going through a dynamic rebuilding process, book your tickets to Mogadishu now.

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