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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!
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Arrival at your convenience in Djibouti city where you will be greeted by an airport pickup and driven to our hotel, Auberge Boulaos. Around 5 PM you will have 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 café Melting Pot to try some of the best local food or sushi! and after dinner, you’ll check out the port of Djibouti and stop for drinks in what is probably the busiest nightlife of the Somali world. Overnight in Djibouti City, Auberge Boulaos. (LD)
In the morning we’ll drive to Lake Abbé. The drive passes The Grand Bara and Petit Barra deserts. In Dikhil there will be a stop for lunch before arriving at Lake Abbe. You will have an overnight stay at the Tourist Camp to see the amazing scenery during sunset. The Touristic Camp is a settlement of traditional Afar huts which are very basic. (BLD)
There will be an early wake up to see the sunrise. Lake Abbé has a beautiful scenery full with chimneys. During a walking tour to the Lake you will also see nomadic people, Flamingos and Hot Springs. The geology of this area is very interesting. We drive to Lake Assal, the lowest point in Africa. On our way we also visit the Panoramic view of Canyon Adaleh and the Panoramic view of Goubet. In Lake Assal the big salt field makes you feel like walking in nowhere land. The water has bright colors that change from time to time because of the sun reflection. The trip continues to Goubet Touristic Camp for an overnight stay. (BLD)
We visit The Day Forest, a green gardens stretch on the foothills of the mountainous region of Mount Goda (between 1200 and 1700 meters). After this, we visit Tadjourah, where we will spend the night. (BLD)
The oldest town in Djibouti is known for its whitewashed buildings. After exploring Tadjourah we head to Plage de Sables Blancs. Here you can refresh while enjoying beautiful white sand beaches and drinks. We continue to Djibouti City where the tour ends. (BLD)
Heading back to the airport at the end of your trip and ask hotel receptionist taxi to the airport at the rate $20 on your own. (B)
Change your tour or activity start date at no extra cost, in some cases up to 24 hours before the tour begins! Flexible and easy for most operators!
All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour. For the latest prices, please refer to our website or contact the office.
30% deposit is required to confirm your booking. In addition, the balance will bring cash USD and payable on arrival.
A single supplement is an additional fee paid by guests who are travelling alone and want to enjoy the luxury of not having to share a room. The cost of a single supplement varies by the trip.
Payment for the tour is a fundamental part of the tour’s income and contributes to the overall cost of equipment, running costs, staffing, administration, etc. As the Company will have incurred the majority of its costs before the tour starts, we need to impose cancellation charges to cover these costs. However, 10% deposits are non-refundable. If you cancel your booking.
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.
(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 can be obtained the embassies and consulates located abroad.
Tourist can get their electronic visa by submitting their application online at the website below.
In case of difficulty, you can approach the competent authorities of Djibouti: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Credit cards are accepted at upmarket shops and hotels, though some will place a surcharge on the payment.
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.
Leaving a small tip in restaurants is welcomed.
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.
Sight and swim with whale sharks from November to January.
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.
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.