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The Holtorfs only visited this war-torn country on foot

date of entry 30/01/1994
mileage 121,971

capital Mogadischu

area 637.657 km²

population about 10,5 M.

official language Somali/Arabic

Time and again during their many years spent travelling through Africa, the Holtorfs reached the Somali border. However, they never dared to drive in that country with Otto. It was a lawless place in the depths of civil war. Just once, they walked for a few hundred metres on the other side of the border. "Symbolically", as Gunther Holtorf puts it. And the large number of armed men in the country meant that even this was not without danger, he says.