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Kismayo

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Travel Warning WARNING: Kismayo remains extremely dangerous. It used to be the base of the heavily-armed terrorist group Al-Shabaab. The city is now in the hands of African Union peacekeepers, bit peace has not returned, and suicide and guerrilla attacks occur almost daily.
(Information last updated May 2013)
A birds eye view of Kismayo.

Kismayo (also Kismaayo, Kismayo, Kismayu and Chisimayu) is a port city in Southern Somalia.

Understand[edit]

Kismayo is a port city around 500 km south of the capital Mogadishu, and has a population of around 250,000. Since the former President Siad Barre was overthrown in 1992, Kismayo has been a city in constant turmoil with local war lords, the federal government, African Union peacekeepers, Al Shabaab and others all vying for control of the area.

Get in[edit]

The Kismayo International Airport terminal.

To arrive in Kismayo is by plane as the road means is abit insecure by waring insurgents. Air fare from Nairobi to Kismayo ranges from Usd 450-500 2 way ticket. It is a busy town and the security is under control by surveilling police and civilian ground intelligent hovering around eyeing for insurgents and anyone with ill motives to destabilise the security wise of the city.

Get around[edit]

Buses are the main form of transportation in the city.

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Eat[edit]

There are variety of nourishing foods ranging from African to normal dishes served in East Africa. Special meals can be arranged and one can enjoy as much as possible.

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Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Golden Beach Hotel, +252 61 7342659. Beachfront hotel, among the nicest in town.
  • Hotel Cascasleey, +252-07903209446. Small hotel with 22 rooms built in 1983, a restaurant and a mosque is available at the hotel grounds.

Stay safe[edit]

The city is not safe for any visitors. Arrival by car from Mogadishu is extremely dangerous, and arriving by sea invites risk of attack by pirates.

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