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4 DAYS IN DJIBOUTI CITY, LAKE ASSAL & LAKE ABBEH

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  • 3 DAYS IN DJIBOUTI CITY AND LAKE ASSAL
  • Tour code: DJ-ON/01
Tour Details

Overview

Djibouti is one of the smallest and least known countries in Africa rich in lakes, dormant volcanoes, and forests – Djibouti! We will admire the strikingly beautiful landscape of this tiny country, like the jaw-droopingly impressive Lac Abbe – the geological wonder with limestone chimneys and Lake Assal – the lowest point in Africa, contrasting the lush greenery and waterfalls of the Day Forest.

We shall stroll along the streets of Tadjourah, called The White City because of its whitewashed buildings and we shall have a well-deserved rest on the beach of Sable Blanc – one of the best places for relax. But perhaps the most lasting impression will be the people we will meet – proud of their country with a legendary sense of hospitality.

Djibouti, the cultural melting pot of African, Arabic and Indian Ocean influences, carries an air of excitement that more popular destinations fail to match!

The Price Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Transportation with driver
  • Site entrance fees in Djibouti
  • Site entrance fees in Djibouti
  • English speaking guide

The Price Does not Include

  • Visa costs
  • PCR-test
  • Flights
  • Arrival/Departure tax
  • Meals
  • Other personal expenses

What to Expect

Itinerary

Day 1Djibouti city

Arrive at your convenience in Djibouti city where you will be greeted by an airport pickup and driven to our hotel, Atlantic hotel, or similar hotels. Around 4 PM you will have an exploration of Djibouti City and during this walk, you’ll go see the two most famous mosques of the country, the Hammoud Mosque as well as the Al Sada Mosque and stop by the old colonial train station.

After you’ve built up an appetite walking around town, you will head to local restaurants! and after dinner, you’ll check in your hotel. Overnight in Djibouti City at Atlantic hotel or similar hotels.

Day 2South Circuit and Lake Abbe

The morning after breakfast, drive to the South. The South Circuit of the Republic of Djibouti goes through the Grand & Petit Bara, which is the most desert area in the country. Then visit shortly Afar and Somali people village of Dikhil.  Drive to Afar village of As Ela and have a traditional lunch in the local house. Afterward, drive to Lake Abbeh.

Lake Abbeh is the largest one in the chain of six salt reservoirs located on the border of Djibouti and Ethiopia. This amazing lake is located in a basin called the Afar Point. A unique place where the giant Arabian, Somali and Nubian plates slowly move away from each other, which creates a fantastic landscape. Boiling water of thermal springs with a high content of calcium carbonate for centuries created peculiar limestone pipe columns (called here “chimneys” or “fumaroles”). Some of these columns, surrounded by swirling steam, reach a height of 50 meters, reinforcing the mystery of the landscape. Interestingly, the name Abbe means “rotten”, since the smell of hydrogen sulfide emanates from the lake. On the shore of Lake Abbe, parts of the film “Planet of the Apes” was shot.

Explore the area until the sunset and overnight at Lake Abbeh tourist camp with all amenities and the beautiful view on the lake Abbeh chimneys.

Day 3Lake Abbeh and Lake Assal

A wake-up call for the sunrise is early in the morning. We drive to the chimney’s area for sunrise and visit hot springs. After visiting and exploring Lake Abbeh, back to the tourist camp for breakfast and visit Afar traditional village nearby. En route we stop in Kouta Bouya to visit the village, after lunch at La Palmeraie, we drive to another lake – Lake Assal to visit the lowest point in Africa. En route, you stop for visiting scenic views of Canyon and faults – part of the Danakil depression.

The Lake Assal or Bahr al Assal in Arabic, the sea of honey (153 m below sea level) is located 107 km west of Djibouti city. After visiting Lake Assal and its surroundings, drive to Djibouti city for dinner and overnight at Atlantic hotel.

Day 4Departure

After breakfast transfer to the airport and the tour ends.

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Tour Note

Custom Tours

Our custom tours are tailor-made itineraries designed for individual travellers, families, or a small group.

We can arrange an itinerary around your interests, dates, and special requests, all our tours include private drivers, private touring, unique accommodations, and exclusive experiences.

First, we encourage you to view our published itineraries and if it is not fit your interest then contact us and let us design a customized itinerary for you.

Payment Method

We always advise booking in advance. For confirmation of the tours, we require a 10% deposit payment in advance. This can be done via Credit card or send a wire transfer to our European Bank account in USD. The remaining can be paid upon arrival in cash USD.

However, you can choose to pay the full amount in advance via our Somaliland Business bank transfer. We will always send the invoice with all the banking details.

IMPORTANT: All wiring fees need to be paid by the customer. Visit Horn of Africa cannot be held responsible for the failure of booking due to a delay in payment.

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your booking, the following conditions apply. A deposit payment has to be made to Visit Horn of Africa 30 days before the scheduled departure/beginning of the Tour.

  • 21 days before arrival – 20% of the total tour price will be charged
  • 15 Days before arrival – 40% of total tour price will be charged
  • 7 Days before arrival – 100% of total tour price will be charged

IMPORTANT: The cancellation policy stated above does not apply if a prior agreement has been made with Visit Horn of Africa.

Change in Itinerary

Visit Horn of Africa tries to follow the agreed tour program with its clients as much
as possible. However, under certain circumstance, we might need to change the program
due to: Road conditions, safety, adverse weather conditions, civil war, strike, cancellation
or delay of domestic flights, high-level government meeting.

Refund

In the case where Visit Horn of Africa does not provide one of the services
mentioned in the program, we will provide a refund for the services not rendered, except
in the following cases:

  1. Cases of force majeure, adverse weather conditions, cancellation or delay of domestic
    flights, civil war, strike, road conditions, high-level government meeting.
  2. Change in Itinerary by Somaliland Travel Agency if we judge that the context endangers the safety of the customer.

Domestic & International Flights

A delay or cancellation of scheduled flights is not the responsibility of Visit Horn of Africa. We will, however, provide all the necessary assistance to our customers in such circumstances. All airfares are subject to availability at time of booking. Please also note that fares are subject to change without notice and are not guaranteed until purchased.

FAQ

Is it Djibouti safe to travel?

Djibouti one of the safest destinations in Africa, partly because of the large Western military presence. Serious crime or hostility aimed specifically at travellers is very rare, and there’s no more to worry about here than in most other countries. Apart from the odd street hustler in the centre, Djibouti City is very safe as far as Africa’s capitals go. Take care in the crowded areas and markets, as pickpockets may operate there, and avoid walking on your own in the Quartier 1, immediately south of Les Caisses market. The risk of theft and pickpocketing diminishes considerably out- side the capital.

Note that Djibouti’s security services are sensitive and active. Remain polite and calm if questioned by police officers.

How to get Djibouti?

(Somaliland), Addis Aba- ba (Ethiopia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Istanbul (Tur- key), Nairobi (Kenya) and Paris. The border with Eritrea is closed; land borders with Ethiopia (Galafi and Gelille) and Somaliland (Loyaada) are open.

Visas to Djibouti

Visas can be obtained the embassies and consulates located abroad.

Tourist can get their electronic visa by submitting their application online at the website below.

https://www.evisa.gouv.dj/

In case of difficulty, you can approach the competent authorities of Djibouti: support@evisa.dj

Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Djibouti?

Mobile coverage is generally good across the country. Your phone may work on roaming, depending on your home network. You can also purchase a local SIM card for around USD 11.

What is the Internet access like in Djibouti?

WiFi is increasingly common in hotels and restaurants, and there are internet cafes across Djibouti City. USB internet dongles can be purchased and loaded with data from a local provider.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Djibouti?

Credit cards are accepted at upmarket shops and hotels, though some will place a surcharge on the payment.

What is ATM access like in Djibouti?

There are ATMs in Djibouti City. They all except Visa. Outside of the capital there are no such facilities. Be sure to have both the local currency (Djibouti franc) and US dollars/euros in cash. The Djiboutian Franc is pegged to the US dollar, but beware of the conversion rate offered in some places.

Is tipping customary in Djibouti?

Leaving a small tip in restaurants is welcomed.

Drinking & Entertainment:

Alcohol is allowed in Djibouti.

Most clubs are on or around Rue d’Ethiopie, in the European Quarter. They are at their liveliest on Thursday and Friday nights. En- trance is free, but a beer costs upwards of DFr1000.

Whale Sharks Season.

Sight and swim with whale sharks from November to January.

Clothing

Somaliland is hot and so light clothes are generally a good idea. Islamic dress applies for women. Headscarves should be worn at all times.
Long-sleeved blouses or shirts are required and preferably long skirts, although loose-fitting trousers may also work. Islamic long coats, ‘manteaux’, would not be necessary.

Diving

Most diving takes place off the islands of Maskali and Moucha in the gulf of Tadjoura where you will find a variety of dive sites for all levels. There’s also a handful of spectacular sites scattered along the shore- line of the Bay of Ghoubbet, furthest west.

Pricing cost

Pricing cost

US$1000 per person based on one person travelling
US$850 per person based on two people travelling
US$750 per person based on three people travelling

Please contact us with requests for any amendments to the standard itinerary and for prices to suit your preferred dates of travel and the number of travelers in your party.

For book please fill the inquiry form but if you need confirmation of your booking make a deposit of 5% in order to secure your booking, however, no booking is fully confirmed until a deposit has been paid.

If you have any questions please email us: info@visithornafrica.com

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