Unlike many other African countries, Djibouti lacks the grandeur of national parks and wildlife. Instead, you will find volcanic landscape, dry shrublands, salt lakes and beaches. Nomadic cultures like the Afar people are also present amidst the country’s tribes.
Djibouti’s namesake capital is a port city on the coast of the Gulf of Tadjoura. People’s Palace and Hamoudi Mosque are a few examples of the city’s attractions. Kayaking in the Gulf of Tadjoura is also a popular activity.
Lac Assal, located around 100 km from the capital city, and the lowest point in Africa, is the focal point of Djibouti. As you have probably guessed, you will remain afloat in the water due to its hypersalinity, but no one chooses to do so because of the heat and salt that sticks and itches. Traveling northeast from the lake, you will reach Day Forest National Park, perhaps the only green patch in Djibouti and the Goda Mountains, which offer plentiful hiking opportunities. Located in the west along the Ethiopian-Djibouti border, lies another salt lake – Lac Abbe – dotted with numerous limestone formations.
A trip to Djibouti is a unique African experience. However, keep in mind that Djibouti is an expensive country to travel, and has a hot and dry climate, which also makes it one of the least visited countries in the world.
Djibouti’s Lac Assal is the lowest point in Africa.