Daallo is the green paradise of Somalia.
Daallo or as it is officially known, Golis range mountains are located near the town of Erigavo, in the middle of the Sanaag region in Northern Somalia. Daallo Mountains have an elevation of some 4000 feet and the distance to the white-sand beach of Mayd, which is a paradise for lobster and fish lovers, is around 45 kilometers.
Sanaag, including Daallo, was historically inhabited by the ancient ancestors of most of the original Somali tribes. Compared to other parts of Somalia, which have often faced severe deforestation, Daallo is a totally unique place with its 60-miles-long thick forest comprising over 3000 different trees, shrubs and plants such as: Adenium, Damas tree, Green juniper, Acacia mellifera, Hayramat and Mooli flowers, Agave tree, Aloe vera, Buxus forest stand, Mira, and fruits of Dosoq (Buxus hildebrandtii) and other trees.
Some of the trees are 1000 years old. Also remnants of the ancient cedar forests may be found in Daallo – cedar tree is called Dayib in the Somali language. Many trees and plants found in Daallo also have medicinal value. Local people report that inhabitants of the mountainous Golis range area live long, over 90 years.
Photos: Courtesy of Abdinasser Ahmed Adam