Djibouti Off The Beaten Path

  • Bay of Ghoubet Landscape
    Bay of Ghoubet Landscape
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  • Blue Spotted Ray
    Blue Spotted Ray
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  • Snorkelling at Plage des Sables Blancs
    Snorkelling at Plage des Sables Blancs
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Djibouti Off The Beaten Path

  • Forêt du Day National Park

    Forêt du Day National Park was established in 1939 to protect the only forested area in Djibouti. Initially, about 27,710 acres (10,000 hectares) were set aside for protection, but over the years the protected area has dwindled down to about 7,413 acres (3,000 hectares). What remains of the park now covers the Garrab and Adonta plateaux on the east...

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  • Geology of Djibouti

    Djibouti is situated at the end of the Eastern Rift Valley and is one of the most interesting places in the world for geologists, apparently. The “tectonic” plates of Africa and Arabia meet in Djibouti and the landscape is covered in volcanic rock, salt lakes, hot springs and rifts and rocky valleys. The plates are slowly drifting apart so the area...

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  • Plage des Sables Blancs

    Plage des Sables Blancs is an area of white sandy beach about 7km from Tadjoura. It has a few huts on the beach and is developing a tourist centre. The snorkelling and swimming are both very good here. You can get a boat to take you from Tadjoura.

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  • Blue Spotted Ray

    These beautiful stingrays can normally be seen when diving in the Red Sea off Djibouti. If you are snorkelling you may be lucky enough to see one if you look carefully along the sea bed. They are almost always on the bottom close to rocks so they can hide if they need to. This is the reason the photo is not so clear - it was on the bottom and I was...

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  • Take care with the sun and flies.

    If you go to Djibouti, you have to take sunglasses and repellent against mosquitos.A cap or a hat is good too.Also It's good to take the money with you. There are just only two cash dispensers in Djibouti, and always are broken. You can change your money in Hotels but the best site is in a small Kiosk in the principal place of the city. Change is...

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  • Drive on the Grand Barra Plain

    Grand Barra is a salty plain in southern part of Djibouti around 1,5-2 hours from the capital. A funny way to exploer it is just to get of the road and drive randomly on the flat as a chessboard surface.Reportedly it is also possible windsurf on wheels here. It certainly is quite windy.

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  • Lake Assal

    One of the hottest and most inhospitable places on earth, Lake Assal is a saline crater lake surrounded by dormant volcanoes and black lava fields. It is located in the Afar Depression, and at 502 feet (153 meters) below sea level, it is the lowest point on the African continent. The source of the lake's water is subsurface springs which are fed by...

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  • The Ghoubet-Kharab

    The Ghoubet-Kharab is an almost landlocked sea located at the westernmost end of the Gulf of Tadjoura. Two points of land from the north and south coasts almost meet and close off the Ghoubet-Kharab from the Gulf of Tadjoura proper. The narrow strait passing between the points of land is called the Ghoubet Pass.The Ghoubet-Kharab, also known as the...

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  • To Lac Assal......

    It's the first name I saw when I surfed for Djibouti in the net....and eventually I've visited the place then. The lake itself is beautiful, but what really took my breath away is the scenery along the journey to Lac Assal. I've been staying in Heron for so long and when I saw the desert, valleys, camels, I only realised Im already in Africa.......

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  • The countryside

    If you haven't been to a desert country before and won't visit Djibouti's neighbours, it would be worth venturing out into the country.At least you would escape the city!There is the usual desert scenery with camels, salt lakes, nomad camps and small towns and villages that offer a different view of Djibouti than its capital.I even saw gazelles...

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  • In Djibouti Town, go to la...

    In Djibouti Town, go to la 'Rue des Mouches'.don't be afraid, it is a cool market.In tadjoura, take time to wander in the streets.Many activities to see, and people are less agressive tha in Djibouti.In Lac Abbé, stay to see the sunset at night. Magical!

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