Description of Djibouti
Djibouti is located in East Africa. It shares a border with Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia. In the east there is the Gulf of Aden. There are 3 regions that the country can be divided into, the mountain region of the north, the volcanic plateaus of the central and south regions, and the coastal plain. A large portion of the country is vast wasteland that has almost no arable land.
The climate of Djibouti is extremely hot, arid, and humid, especially during the summer months. In the city of Djibouti the heat is somewhat moderated by the breeze from the coast. The temperature is a bit cooler from October through April and there is some rain. Cyclones in the Indian Ocean can create flash flooding from heavy rains.
There are several destinations in Djibouti worth visiting. Lake Abhe is located near the border of Ethiopia and is a steaming lake that is surrounded by chimneys made of limestone. The landscape is somewhat lunaresque. This area was used to create the “forbidden zone” as seen in the movie “Planet of the Apes.”
Lake Assal is the lowest point in Africa, sitting at 157 meters below sea level. It is also the saltiest lake found outside of Antarctica. The shores are salt pans. Located nearby is Ardoukoba, which is a volcano that last erupted in the year 1978.
In order to see Lake Assal you will need to hire a car or ask a person that lives in the area to take you there. The ride to get to the lake is quite rough as the roads outside of the capital city have been destroyed from traffic from trucks. While on the road you will pass by Devil’s Island, which offers some extremely impressive views in the area.
Even though the country has an arid landscape, there is some great scuba diving areas located just off the coast. You will find several reefs that have several different species of life to explore.
Eat, Drink, and Stay
There are some wonderful restaurants worth visiting during your stay. The Melting Pot is located in Heron. It is just off the port and offers steaks, camel meat, lobster, fish, sushi, and fresh beer. This is a great choice as the prices are quite reasonable.
La Fontaine Terrace is located near the bustling market downtown. You can walk to many of the local shops from the restaurant as well. It is located on a terrace and you have to go up an internal staircase to get there. The food consists of traditional Somali, Ethiopian, and Djiboutian dishes with a French twist. The majority of the food will be cooked in view.
La Mer Rouge is another dining choice. This restaurant offers wonderful French seafood. When you look at the restaurant from the road it may not seem like it is that great, but once you get inside you will see that it is fine dining at its best.
In the city of Djibouti you will find some great places to eat and some tourist traps. If you are looking for western cuisine you will need to be prepared to pay hefty for it. Your pocketbook will be much happier if you want to enjoy the local cuisine. It is best to avoid the places where tourists tend to hang out at as these tend to be the more expensive options. The average price for a meal outside the tourist spots is $4 with a drink.
There are several places to stay in Djibouti as well. The Palace Kempinski offers nice rooms, but at a hefty price. However, if you are looking for luxury during your stay, this is the place to be.
The Hotel Horseed is another option. You will get a twin room that has air conditioning and a ceiling fan. The bathroom is shared amongst other guests.
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