Ministry of Trade Industries and Tourism delegation on visit to Laasgeel
On 10th, 2018 , the SL Ministry of Trade Industries and Tourism officials headed by the Director General Mr. Abdirashid Ahmed Guled embarked on a supervisory visit to Laasgeel Tourism site.
The trip comes within the framework of efforts coordinated by the ministry departments include departments of Tourism, Antique and Communications to boost cooperation on further developing the country’s major tourism sites. The 7th -member team toured several tourist historic places in Lasgeel alone. The visit is also aimed at paving the way for an upcoming large visit by International tourist who will be arriving the country to see the country’s major tourism sites.
Laas Geel Tour is the most popular exploration site in Somaliland. It is located about 50 km outside the capital Hargeisa. In Somali language it means Camels waterhole. The paintings are remarkable colorful and until their recent discovery in 2002 completely unknown to the outside world.
Dating back around 6.000 and 10.000 years they are believed to be one of the brightest and most well preserved cave paintings in the world. This is due to the dry climate and the shelter of the caves. Las Geel is the most significant Neolithic rock painting site in the whole of Africa. Nevertheless there is not much known about it and it remains one of the least researched and visited rock art site.
Important note: The Ministry of Trade Industries and Tourism wants to preserve the cave paintings and is allowing a maximum visitors. Hence, Tourists need to pay a visit to the site need to communicate the Ministry and ask permission for visiting the site. As far as the Ministry of Trade Industries and Tourism is concerned contact to the officials of the Tourism Department.
Laas Geel Protocol
- Kindly do not touch the paintings or anything inside the caves
- Do not drink inside the caves and near the rock paintings
- Try not to get too close to the paintings. The humidity in your breath can damage the ancient rock paintings and damage the vibrant colors
- Avoid using the flash of your camera
Director of Touris Department: Abdirahman Eise Nur
Telephone: +252 (63) 4423770
Address: Sha’ab area