AFRICANGLOBE – Djibouti is a destination that remains on the fringes of major tours in East Africa; probably for the best that it offers. This small country, in a strategic location on the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, is well known to scuba divers.
Some of the most prestigious spots in the world are found off coves. Although Djibouti is not a very popular destination for travelers, geologists love it. It has some interesting attractions, but it is relatively expensive and has perhaps less to offer visitors than neighboring Ethiopia.
Also its inland, where hounds constantly furnace desert, defintely pomises a memorable journey for tourists.
Beautifully surrounded by Eritrea, the Red Sea, Ethiopia, Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, Djibouti ideally shares the coastline of 314 km with Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea as well as houses a stony desert with several hills and plateaus ideally spread across the country.
So you can certainly give thought to visit this small sought-after tourist destination while in Africa. The best time for you to visit Djibouti is any time between November and mid-April, as at this time the weather is quite pleasant and is perfect for a leisure trip.
Djibouti City is a capital and the largest seaside capital of Djibouti, conveniently located on the southern tip of the Gulf of Tadjourah in the country. It is a major port of trade and the modest harbor town of the country, usually traveled via Ethiopia and other parts of Africa.
Tadjourah district is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating regions in the country. Composed of contrasting landscapes as unusual as tourists can admire one of the saltiest lakes in the world: Lake Assal.
Lake Assal is indeed a natural curiosity of great beauty, in a framework of volcanoes and black lava, at 153m below sea level, surrounded by ice floes of salt and gypsum in a dazzling whiteness.
A visit to the Forest Day is absolutely essential. You have to drive ten miles through the mountains before reaching the forest at 1,500 meters above sea level: the giant juniper, acacia and wild olive trees, as well as jujube and other specimens of flora striped the surface of the earth covering an area of 3.2 square kilometers which was erected as a national park.
Tadjourah, the chief town of the district known as the white city or the city of seven mosques is one of the vigils and mysterious cities of Djibouti.
Since its inception in 1977, the Republic of Djibouti attracts pastoral populations throughout the region. Immigrants integrate into the city of Djibouti through socio-spatial networks that extend between the city and the bush and whose nodes are all drop-off points where migrants find the resources needed to continue the journey or its attachment locally.
The Republic of Djibouti has several islands throughout its territory. The Moucha Island and Maskali are the closest to the capital. It includes a heavenly landscape with blue and clear water.
The island of ‘Seven Brothers’ is a favorite spot for diving enthusiasts. Located 300 km from the capital, the site consists of seven small volcanic islands which became a peninsula. The show and the seabed are exceptional.
The fauna is very diverse: turtles, moray eels, sharks, dolphins, rays, manta … you will also come across one or several whale sharks. These great beasts, feeding mainly on plankton and are very playful.
The islands of Djibouti are a major destination for anyone wishing to spend an unforgettable time in the feet of white sand, surrounded by stunning scenery.
By: Vénicia Guinot