Djibouti is an incredible destination to visit for it is packed with magical and dramatic landscapes, the vast coastline of the Red Sea, traditional tribes and so forth. Housed in the Horn of Africa, this country is surprisingly unexplored and not necessarily seen as a tourist destination. But there are several attractions - both natural wonders and historic structures - out there that makes it a compelling destination to visit and enjoy.
Make sure you plan a trip to the Afar Triangle - a geological depression owing to the Afar Triple Junction, which is part of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa. It is a wedge of flat desert pushing into the Ethiopian Massif and resides much below sea level. Head over to the town of Ambouli in eastern Djibouti to enjoy a stroll around the Ambouli palm grove to relish the cool shade it offers.
The capital city of the country is also known as Djibouti and is the largest metropolis of the nation. This late 19th-century city is inherently endowed with a distinct Arabic look and is very much a cultural and historic hub. Beach-a-holics will absolutely love lounging around the lovely sandy beaches. Shoppers of the traditional kind ought to pay a visit to the bustling and lively central markets where they can procure local items.
Sure to be featured in the must-see list of every tourist itinerary is the gorgeous Lake Assal. Fringed by dormant volcanoes and lava fields, Lake Assal lies 100km (60 miles) to the south-west of Djibouti city. It is one of the lowest surface area seen any anywhere on the globe (150m/570 ft below sea level) and is only accessible through a 4-wheel drive vehicle. In the desert areas, it is more than possible to wind-surf on wheels.
Spend some time lazing in the beaches at Dorale and Khor-Ambado, which are both a good 15km (10 miles) from the capital city. They are also known to offer safe swimming. About an hour's drive from Lake Assal is the incredible beach called Ghoubet al Kharab, where on will find black-lava cliffs that borders the beach. Drop by at the Gulf of Tadjoura for it is home to varieties of fish and coral that is perfect for fishing, snorkelling and underwater photography. The coral reefs in the Red Sea are quickly reachable from the beaches. Tourists can indulge themselves with water-skiing and windsurfing.
Those who enjoy wild-life can immerse themselves in the wilderness of Lake Abbe. This incredible destination can only be reached by 4-wheel drive vehicles only. Moreover, it is a beautiful gathering place for flamingoes, pelicans and so on. Like marine animals? Then spend a day exploring the tropical aquarium in Djibouti city with loads of underwater treasures from the Red Sea.
When it comes to shopping, there are several bustling and colorful local markets selling quintessential crafts and artifacts. As for cuisine, there are several specialities worth digging into such as lentils, fried meat and unleavened bread as well as varied seafood delicacies.
The stay options in Djibouti are plenty with the millionaires seeking the best luxury hotels and apartments. Similarly, those who are light on the pocket can select from an array of cheap and budget accommodations.
Djibouti experiences punishing scorching hot weather throughout the year except for a relatively cooler period including the occasional rain from November to mid-April, thereby making those months an ideal time to visit.