WHY VISIT DJIBOUTI
Located in the Horn of Africa, where the Red Sea joins the Indian Ocean, the Republic of Djibouti has several sites of interest. Its eponymous capital is built on the south shore of an isthmus, and you can stroll in the marina where fishing boats and pleasure boats are. Discover also the central market, where the lively and colorful atmosphere will seduce you. You can also walk to the beach of Doralé for a moment of relaxation.
On your way to Ali Sabieh, you will cross magnificent landscapes, such as the deserts of Petit Bara and Grand Bara, and discover traditional Afghan encampments on the outskirts of the city. To see, the houses are all white and incrusted with coral in Ali Sabieh. Another city to visit is Tadjourah, the city with seven mosques, set in a superb environment of peaks that exceed one thousand meters of altitude, and bordered by the sea where the coral reefs offer amateurs diving wonderful sites. And you can discover the house of Arthur Rimbaud …
One hour from Djibouti by road, Assal Lake is located 153 meters below sea level, making it the lowest point on the African continent, and the third in the world. Encircled by volcanoes and black lava, its emerald color stands out against a background of dark mountains and azure skies, and there are trucks carrying salt from the lake to the high plateaus of Ethiopia. You can even swim there.
To discover the lake Abbe, you will need a day from Djibouti: but you will not regret your journey by discovering the forest of limestone chimneys erected between the springs that bubble up leaving sulfur-smelling smells like a landscape Come from another planet. Some nomads cross these places, but they are especially the refuge of thousands of birds, ibis, pelicans, and flamingos that you may see fly away as in a dream.
At 80 kilometers from Lake Assal is the prehistoric site of Balho, with cave paintings recently discovered.
For a bit of freshness, explore the Day Forest, where the oasis of Bankoualé offers its waterfall that waters the lush gardens planted with palm trees so special to this region and from which you can admire the area of Mount Goda, Which contains its summit species that have disappeared from the rest of the country: giant juniper, olive, jujube, acacia, fig tree…
WHAT TO SEE IN DJIBOUTI
WHEN TO GO TO DJIBOUTI
The best period to visit Djibouti is from November to March.
Djibouti is generally experiencing a torrid climate with two distinct seasons: a cooler season from October to April with east winds bringing a little humidity, and from June to August a warm season with temperatures Reaching 45 ° C. September and May are intermediate months.
The cool season is more pleasant, there may even be some precipitation, and temperatures that revolve around 25 ° C. It is therefore advisable to visit Djibouti between November and the beginning of April to avoid the hot heat, choosing preferably December and January which are the coolest months.
Following is a list of typical festivals and celebrations of Djibouti.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH DJIBOUTI
To travel on the spot, it is best to rent a car, usually with a driver, to be able to access all the sites of interest: a 4X4 is even strongly advised. It is quite complicated to visit Djibouti independently, and it is easier to travel on organized excursions.
by plane, the main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON DJIBOUTI
health tips & vaccination: you need to be vaccinated against yellow fever, and you are advised to have your current vaccines up to date, as well as those against typhoid and hepatitis A and B. Avoid swimming in lakes or Other stagnant water, and only drink bottled water.
local currency: Djiboutian Franc
local time zone: GMT+3
electricity: type C and type E (220 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN DJIBOUTI
typical food in Djibouti
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