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    Sunset Lac Abbé
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    track to Bankaoualé
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    The lowest point in Africa

    by terps94 Written Apr 26, 2006

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    It's one of those days when we have nothing better to do that we decided to go on a trip. One of the guys we know got a vehicle and drove us to Lake Assal. Lot of people when they hear Lake Assal it's gonna be like a beach resort but what they didn't know that there wasn't much of a water around here.

    Lake Assal is the lowest point in Africa ar 500 feet below sea level. Since there is no river flowing out of the lake , it is ten times saltier than an ocean which makes it the most saline body water in the world

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    Wild and hidden valley of Bankoualé

    by sachara Updated Jun 26, 2014

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    We visited the wild and hidden valley of Bankoualé in de Goda mountains. The route to the valley is breathtaking, an unpaved track passing riverbeds and canyons. It was a great experience, so different from the other parts of Djibouti.

    In the valley at the slope opposite the village of Bankaloué we stayed in huts in a campement with great views. The day of arrival we walked late afternoon with a local guide from the vollage to the waterfall. On the way we saw the fruit trees and irrigated gardens of the villagers. Women and kids were doing the laundry and bathing. Before returning to the campement we visited the village.

    The next day I walked in the valley and canyon on my own. On the way back to Tadjoura we visited the craft centre with local basketware.in the small village of Ardo nearby Bankoualé.

    track to Bankaoual�� view from the campement washing place at the cascade dry river bed near Bankaoual�� village of Bankaoul��
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    Diving

    by nekro Updated Oct 6, 2005

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    Diving is possible, but expensive (french and american soldiers with too much money to spend) You can find travel agencies in the city center, ask around. The upmarket hotels can help you also.

    I think it is better and cheaper in Eritrea.

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    Scuba diving:Part 2- The Seven Brothers

    by adelinemmc Updated Nov 14, 2006

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    The Seven Brothers are seven Islands in the narrow part between Yemen and Eritrea. They are imaginatively named: the West Island, the East Island, the Double Island etc...

    Currents are strong and this area is not recommended for beginners.

    Glabal warming is killing some coral and Yemenite fishermen have all but exterminated the sharks. You can still see turtles, dolphins, morays, Napoleon wrasses and lots and lots of fish.

    Viz is medium to medium-poor depending on currrents & plancton blooms

    Dolphins!
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  • don't miss lac Assal, a 2...

    by palin Written Feb 25, 2003

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    don't miss lac Assal, a 2 hours trip from the town.
    see more pics at http://site.voila.fr/djibouti_web

    go to lac Abbé, a more long trip to feel like walking on the moon ...in africa!

    if you can afford it, go to Musha island, ask Bruno (www.dankali.dj ) to rent a tent .
    don't go there on thursday and wednesday, too much people...in the week time, you'll have the whole island for your eyes only.

    go to the sables blancs beach, a unique moment for snorkellers

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    The Animal Refuge - Stroke a Cheetah

    by janiebaxter Written Jan 23, 2010

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    The Animal Refuge is about 20 minutes drive from Djibouti town. We were taken by our guide because our boat departure was delayed and we got there quite late in the afternoon so did not have a lot of time there. Normally a visit takes about half a day. It is a refuge for animals that have been confiscated from people trying to smuggle them into the country as pets. Most of the animals were brought in when very young so have grown up in the refuge. We saw Zebra, Oryx and other Antelopes, Hyena, and Ostrich. There are 4 Cheetah there and one of them was reared by our guide so was very pleased to see him when we turned up. It came straight to the fence purring and licked his hand as he stroked it. He allowed us to stroke it too but it really preferred him. There are many other animals there too, which we didn’t see due to the time. The reserve depends on donations.
    I guess most visitors would not be allowed to stroke the Cheetah – we were just very lucky!

    A very soft Cheetah Cheetah Antelope
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    The Gulf of the Demons

    by janiebaxter Written Jan 25, 2010

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    The Gulf of the Demons or Bay of Ghoubet is connected to the Gulf of Tadjoura by a narrow inlet 750m long. The bay is thought to be 200m deep and is surrounded by volcanic rock which makes the water look very black and sinister, made worse by the strong winds causing big waves and currents across the bay. Inside the bay are Devil’s Cauldron, a large underwater crater, and Devil’s Island. There are dolphins in the bay as well as many very large species of fish – some yet to be discovered.
    If you take the trip from Djibouti town to Lac Assal by road there is a lookout point where you can get a good view of the Bay of Ghoubet. Hold on to your hat here – it is very windy!
    If you are staying on a Live Aboard boat you will go into the bay itself and the sea can get very rough particularly going through the passage into the bay of Tadjoura.

    Gulf of the Demons Devil's Island
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    Snorkelling and Diving - Pristine Coral Reefs

    by janiebaxter Written Jan 31, 2010

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    Djibouti is in the Southern Red Sea where it flows into the Indian Ocean and the diving and snorkelling sites are unspoilt with spectacular pristine coral, over 200 varieties.
    Most of Djibouti’s coastline is covered with large reefs with dense shoals of fish and large schools of Barracuda, Jacks and Snapper as well as Rays, Dolphins, Whale Sharks, Grey Sharks and Nurse Sharks.
    You can organise one day snorkelling or diving trips but the best way to see the most marine life is to stay on a Live Aboard boat. MY Deli, operated by Dolphin Excursions runs regular trips to see whale sharks during the season and diving trips out of the whale shark season. More details Here

    I don’t dive but found this no disadvantage as the snorkelling sites are on the shallower coral, usually next to the dive sites and we saw plenty this way.
    The diving and snorkelling sites are all within the Gulf of Tadjoura area –
    Arta Plage
    Shark Island and Ras Eiro
    Ghoubet
    Red Virgin
    Stan Point
    Ras Cordli
    Ras Ali
    Sable Blancs
    Ras Mohamed
    Moucha

    Table Coral Fish on the Reef Species of Coral Parrot Fish on the Reef Natural Sponges
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    The Port

    by janiebaxter Written Feb 1, 2010

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    Djibouti has the main deep water port serving the surrounding countries, and particularly Ethiopia. Since Eritrea gained independance from Ethiopia in 1993 and the two countries were involved in border disputes relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea have been broken off leaving Ethiopia with no Port access. Djibouti's Port is the nearest accessible to Ethiopia all Ethiopia's sea freight is shipped from Djibouti, then along the main highway which is packed with freight trucks.
    Access to the Port is limited and it is not particularly attractive but is impressive in the volume of shipping coming in and out. If you are in a small boat in the area it can seem quite scary being dwarfed by massive container ships waiting to dock.

    Djibouti Port
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    Swimming with Whale Sharks

    by janiebaxter Written Feb 7, 2010

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    The best time to see Whale Sharks is from mid October to February when the plankton ‘blooms’ develop in Goubet al Kharab (the Devil's Cauldron). The whale sharks are juveniles. Even so the ones we saw ranged from 8 to 20 feet long. Adults are around 40 feet.
    As the Whale Sharks feed on the surface of the water, the best way to see and swim with them is by snorkelling. Our dive boat operated 2 smaller satellite boats which take 6 people in each plus the boatman who is an expert at spotting the Whale Sharks. You can often see the fin just out of the water or a dark shape just beneath the surface. Once a Whale Shark is spotted we had to wait for the boatman to tell us we could jump into the water. We had to be fairly quick as they swim fast so the best way is to jump in as one is swimming towards you, although you can’t know if they will change direction! Often we saw many Whale Sharks together as this was peak season as there was a lot of plankton. Sometimes there were so many we didn’t know where to look!
    The Whale Sharks just carry on feeding as you swim with them and are totally harmless, only interested in the plankton. They don’t mind bumping into you though if you are in the way of the plankton. Each trip lasted about 2 to 3 hours and we had to jump in and out of the water many times. It is very tiring even if you are fit.
    Often the Whale Sharks were very close to the shore in shallow water. Basically they go wherever the plankton is. We stayed on the MY Deli Liveaboard for 6 nights but you can organise day trips to see the Whale Sharks however, you have less chance of seeing them this way. This was certainly one of my best wildlife experiences!

    Whale Shark Whale Shark Whale Shark Feeding Snorkelling with Whale Sharks Snorkelling with Whale Sharks
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    The Old Arabic Town of Tadjoura

    by janiebaxter Written Feb 16, 2010

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    Tadjoura is an old Arab town on the gulf of Tadjoura dating back to the 12th century and one of the oldest towns on the East African coast. It has a long beach, a harbour area and dusty streets with whitewashed houses. We arrived by boat on our tour but you can get a bus or drive from Djibouti town. The distance by road is about 170km.
    There is not a great deal to see – it is quite pretty in parts but we managed a walk around in about 2 hours. The Plage des Sable Blancs, about 7km away is good for snorkelling and swimming.

    Tadjoura from the Sea Boat Building in Tadjoura Sunset near Tadjoura Tadjoura Street Tadjoura Seafront
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    Ghoubet el Kharâb

    by sachara Updated May 9, 2014

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    Ghoubet el Kharab or Demons Bay is the dead end of the Gulf of Tadjoura connected by a narrow inlet. The bay is about 200m deep. Around the bay of Ghoubet are black volcanic rocks. In the Bay is an Island called Devil’s Island and there is an underwater crater, Cauldron,

    Ghoubet el Kharab is well known of its whale sharks. The season for the young whale sharks is from mid October to February when there is a lot of plankton. We visited Djibouti in April, so far out of season.

    We camped one night at the Bay du Lac Sale at the western end of the Ghoubet Bay. A perfect location the visit the vulcanic area of Ardoukoba and Lac Assal. We went only into the sea for a swim. The water was clean and fresh, a delight in the hot climate of Djibouti.

    Ghoubet: camp at Bay du Lac Sale Devil��s island Underwater crater Ghoubet el Kharab Swim in the bay
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    Enjoy Africa

    by JAVATO Written May 4, 2008

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    The best thing that you can do in Djibouti is meet people from there. They are really kind and friendly.
    If you forget your european thoughts, you can discover a very great country.
    Also you can enjoy of the sun and the good beaches there.
    To visit the desert and the lake of "lasal"is very great too.

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    Visit to Central Markets

    by ahmer82 Written Feb 20, 2011

    Dont forget to visit the downtown Central Market. Its the only place for shopping. You will also see a glimpse of the souk where djiboutians shop. One such soulk is souk al dabbab. They are all next to each other.

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  • find interesting art in djibouti

    by dobsonmnpeurope Written Mar 21, 2008

    I will give you all the info I get to virtual tourist.
    It seems the markets are not very good (see3 answer below) and if you want anything you need to find the local artists and go direct...(I read this in a Frecnh guide book), we are one day in Djibouti then going on a boat so the info might be limited.
    I will check out the French alliance they should have an art gallery or something.

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