The 6 best places to visit in Djibouti

 

In the middle of the country, in a closed depression at the end of the Great Rift Valley is the crater lake of Assal, literally meaning, Honey Lake. In the Danakil Desert within the Afar Triangle it sits 155 metres (509 ft) below sea level, making it the lowest point of land in Africa, and the third lowest on Earth after the Sea Of Galilee and the Dead Sea. With ten times the salt level of the sea, it is the second most saline lake in the world after the Don Juan Pond, Antarctica. As the worlds largest salt reserve, it is considered a national treasure of Djibouti.

6. Lake Assal

 

In the east of Djibouti, close to the border with Somalia at the mouth of the Gulf Of Tadjoura is the capital and largest city in the country, Djibouti City. Home to different architectural styles that represent various periods throughout its history, the narrow streets of the old town is a place of bazaars and souks. Holding more than two thirds of the countries population, the city is known as the Pearl Of The Gulf Of Tadjoura.

5. Djibouti City

Directly north of the capital, Djibouti City, in the Gulf Of Tadjoura are a group of islands known as the Maskali Islands. The practically flat islands among the clear shallow waters and coral reefs is among the most picturesque and tourist friendly location in Djibouti.

4. Maskali Islands

 

In the extreme south west of the country,​ crossing the border with Ethiopia is the bizarre Lake Abbe. Situated at the Afar Triple Junction within the Afar Depression, the site is the location where three pieces of the Earth's crust are pulling away from each other. What has been created from this is a large hypersaline lake salt flat, from which huge limestone chimneys of carbonated lake water and deep geothermal fluids reach 50 metres (160 ft) from the surface. Spewing steam in an area of dormant volcanoes it is one of the most unusual landscapes in the region.

3. Lake Abbe

 

South of the Ghoubbet El Kharab, among the vast arid landscape at the intersection of rifts and land faults is the monumental Canyon d'Adaille, known to the Afar people as the Dimbia and more commonly referred to as the Djibouti Grand Canyon. Though considerably smaller than the Grand Canyon in America, this huge cracked land makes for an incredible sight.

2.  Canyon d'Adaille

 

To the north west of the Gulf Of Tadjoura is the 15 square kilometre (5.8 square mile) Day Forest National Park, encompassing a protected area of the Goda Mountains, rising 1,750 metres (5,740 ft) above sea level they make up the second highest range in Djibouti. Considered a part of the Ethiopian montane forest ecological zone, the only national park in the country is an important island of forest in a sea of semi desert, as well as one of the finest terrains in Djibouti.

1. Day Forest National Park

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