Somalia sits on the north east coastal Horn of Africa and covers over 600,000 sq. kms. In the north, the semi-arid coastal plain is backed by a mountainous belt, and in the south, the arid coastal plain rises inland to the Haud Plateau. In the far south the land is flat. In the river valleys the land is fertile and arable. 70% of the population is nomadic.

The climate is predominately arid with serious, persistent threat of drought, although the coast is cooler maximum temperatures occur April to September, which are also the wettest month. Temperatures vary from 28°C to 32°C.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Exploring the coastline of Somalia can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on entry and return to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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