Whether you love outdoor adventures inside a real African jungle or indoor delights with rich African cultural artifacts, Djibouti is undoubtedly a perfect choice for you. Although it is one of the smallest countries in Africa, Djibouti stands out as one of Africa’s most-frequented travel destinations.
Situated in the Horn of Africa, Djibouti offers the perfect eco-travel experience for people who crave the ancient African nomadic life. Here are the top 7 places to visit in Djibouti.
- Lake Assal
Located on the western side of the Gulf of Tadjoura, Lake Assal is estimated to be 155 meters below sea level, making it the lowest point of Africa. It is also considered the largest salt reserve in the world. Lake Assal is a national treasure and is in the process of becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site. People are discouraged to swim in this lake due to its high level of salt that can cause itching.
2. Gulf of Tadjoura
For snorkelers, the Gulf of Tadjoura is the perfect diving spot. The gulf is also crawling with whales and sharks for your sightseeing adventures. Surrounding the gulf are the wonderful Goda Mountains, which rise up to 1,300 meters. The Gulf of Tadjoura is located near Tadjoura Town, where you can enjoy amazing sea vistas.
3. Day Forest National Park
If you have ever desired to visit a real African jungle, then the Day Forest National Park in Djibouti is the right place for you. It is located 20 kilometers away from the Gulf of Tadjoura and is surrounded by desert. The park is home to a wide range of wildlife, including the popular Djibouti sunbird, antelopes, and junipers (shrub-like trees that grow to about 1,000 meters high).
4. Dorale & Khor Ambado Beaches
Located 15 kilometers from Djibouti City, the Dorale and Khor Ambado beaches are perfect for various water sports and cruising. And if you are looking to relax and unwind as you enjoy an amazing sunset on an African beach, these two beaches are the perfect spots. They are surrounded by black lava cliffs for exploration and diving.
5. Ali Sabieh Town
Located near the border of Somalia and Ethiopia, Ali Sabieh Town sits right in the middle of a breathtaking desert. It is the best place to experience rustic and rugged Africa. Inside the town, you will find a wide range of thriving businesses, including vast markets and food stalls. Some common tourist activities in this town include wind surfing, adventure sports, and challenging walking trips.
6. Tadjoura Town
Formerly a port for slave traders, Tadjoura Town is one of the oldest towns on the African east coast, dating back to the 12th century. It is commonly referred to as “La Ville Blanche” or the White Town due to its whitewashed houses. Tadjoura Town is an appropriate spot for sightseeing and seaside walks.
7. People’s Palace
Located in Boulevard Bounhour, Djibouti City, the People’s Palace is one of the most popular historical shrines in Djibouti and is viewed as a symbol of the struggle for freedom. Outside the palace is a monument of martyrs who died for the freedom of Djibouti. This palace was constructed by the People’s Republic of China in 1984 as a gift to the people of Djibouti.