The Fantastic and Incredible Destinations of Djibouti
When you think of the Middle East, your mind probably doesn’t automatically jump to Africa. But Djibouti sits right on the border between the two continents, and it’s one of the most fascinating places in the world to visit. Whether you want to learn about the rich history that dates back thousands of years or bask in the natural beauty of some of the most astounding beaches you’ve ever seen, Djibouti has something to offer every kind of traveler. Let’s take a look at some of its most fantastic and incredible destinations!
The Afar Depression is one of the best places on Earth. With its red-hued scenery, it is no wonder it is often called the Red Sea. The Afar Depression is home to some of the most remarkable and scenic views in Djibouti. From the serene shores of Lake Assal to the dramatic landscapes of volcanoes, the Afar Depression is a place that is sure to take your breath away.
As you walk through its marvellous grasslands, which are sometimes coloured a brilliant red thanks to deposits of oxidized iron on volcanic soil, take time to admire some of its amazing lakes. You may see tourists enjoying their time at Lake Assal in Dikhil region or Lake Shala in western Afar, but there are many other equally beautiful places in these lands. For example, you could visit an isolated salt lake called Lake Adale or a nearby salty desert plain with petroglyphs known as Tamuntul. There’s also impressive volcano Mount Afar that rises from a lava field east of Chichro.
On a similar note, don’t miss your chance to visit some of these stunning places at sunset. The contrast between these colourful landscapes, which can change from day to night depending on rainfall levels, with their deep blue skies is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. When you’re planning your trip, remember that one of these sites is located just outside Dikhil City in Eastern Afar. Alongside Lake Shala in Western Afar Region and Eritrea’s spectacular Danakil Depression lies an equally surreal spot called Yangudi Rassa (also known as Dallol) that’s quite close to Ethiopia’s border with Eritrea.
Ali Sabieh Region
The Ali Sabieh Region is home to some of the most amazing and marvelous scenery in all of Djibouti. The region is known for its scenic landscapes, serene lakes, and beautiful beaches. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, camping, and bird watching in the Ali Sabieh Region.
Ali Sabieh’s capital is also called Ali Sabieh. The town was founded in 1884 by one-eyed Ali Abdulla ben Mohammed. It grew from a small community to a modern city in only around 20 years time due to its convenient location close to both Somalia and Ethiopia. According to the census taken on May 10, 2004, Ali Sabieh had a population of 27,500 inhabitants, almost all of whom are ethnic Somalis. Most people in Ali Sabieh are fishermen, merchants or nomads. The main source of income is trade; there are many small markets selling goods such as livestock and agricultural products imported from Ethiopia as well as consumer goods sold at local shops or stands.
Ali Sabieh also boasts a seaport that welcomes international ships, which travel between it and destinations such as Somalia, Kenya, Yemen, Dubai, India and Europe. The port was built in 1979 by order of President Mohamed Ali Samater. It can accommodate ships up to 4000 tons. More than 80% of Djibouti’s imports pass through Ali Sabieh’s port.
Gulf of Tadjoura
The Gulf of Tadjoura is one of the most beautiful places in Djibouti. It’s a great place to take a boat ride, go for a swim, or just relax on the beach. The water is crystal clear and the views are stunning. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby if you need a break from the sun.
The nearest city to the gulf is Zeila, so it’s an easy day trip from there. A taxi can be arranged to pick you up at your hotel or house in Zeila and bring you back when you’re done exploring the gulf. You’ll find it hard not to fall in love with this destination! The blue waters make for the perfect setting for an unforgettable experience.
One thing that sets this location apart from others is its importance to fishermen. In fact, you may even see locals fishing on the shores or in their boats during your visit here. I recommend making sure to enjoy some seafood while you’re visiting too!
The Goda Mountains are the tallest mountain range in Djibouti, located in the northern part of the country. They are home to a variety of wildlife, including the critically endangered mountain gazelle. The Ali Sabieh Mountains are located in the southern part of Djibouti and are known for their striking red color. The Ardoukoba volcano is also located in this range.
Djibouti has two major cities, Tadjoura and Dikhil. Tadjoura is located on the Gulf of Tadjoura and is known for its beautiful beaches. Dikhil is located in the south-central part of the country and is known for its hot springs.
Many mountain ranges surround Lake Assal, a salt lake that lies in central-west Djibouti. The mountains help control water flow into it. Several different wildlife species can be found here, including leopards, lions, cheetahs and hyenas. These animals live in an oasis surrounding Lake Assal which includes large areas of acacia trees that provide shade and a water source to these animals. Because many of these animal species are threatened or endangered in other parts of Africa, it is important to conserve their habitat here. In order to protect them from poaching, nature reserves have been established around Lake Assal.
The first destination on our list is the incredible salt flats of Lake Assal. These stunning flats are the lowest point on earth, sitting at 155m below sea level. The lake is so salty that no life can exist in it, and the high concentrations of salt make for a beautiful landscape. The flats are also a great place to find some peace and quiet, as there are few people around.
The lake was only discovered in 1808, by a French explorer called Auguste Bissot. Because of its incredible location, it makes for some truly impressive photos. However, photographers usually have to get special permission from local authorities before they can take pictures there. Otherwise, they risk large fines. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to visit these flats due to overpopulation in their local area. Many nearby people come here to do laundry or wash their cars, which threatens both its ecosystem and geological stability – so please be mindful if you visit here! If you’re interested in seeing other beautiful salt flats around Djibouti though, we highly recommend visiting Lake Assal as well as Lac Abbe and Lac Dierne.
If you love incredible nature and want to see something out of a movie, then you have to visit Djibouti. There are lots of beautiful places in Africa that are ripe for adventure, but few compare to what is offered here. While much of it remains undiscovered by most people, we hope that our list will give you a better idea about some of their best offerings! Are there any places in particular that you’re interested in visiting? Tell us about them below!