Where is Djibouti? It lies in the Horn of Africa and at the south side of the Red Sea, while sharing a border with the Gulf of Aden. Eritrea lies to the north and shares a border with Djibouti that is about 70 miles long while it borders Ethiopia to the southwest with a land mass spanning 337 km. Somalia lies to the southeast. Even though the country is quite small, it more than makes up for it in beauty, especially for those who are geological enthusiasts. Besides Iceland and Djibouti, there are very few locations on the globe that offer such vivid landscapes. Think of basaltic plateaus, extinct volcanoes, limestone, sunk plains, salt lakes (yes salt!) and breathtaking canyons.
The terrain is perfect for adventurous outdoor activities such as kite surfing, snorkeling, hiking and even cliff diving. You can even snorkel besides whale sharks in the Gulf of Tadjoura which should be one of the places to visit in Djibouti on your travel list. If you are travelling with a group, the costs will not pile up as much compared to how they would if you were to go solo.
The best thing about the country is that it is free of large scale development projects and there is a stress on eco friendly travel with eco friendly accommodations that offer a unique glimpse to the area’s nomadic culture. Whatever you decide to do, you will return from that small part of Africa full of wonderful memories that will sustain you next time the stress gets too much to handle. With its sandy beaches and refreshing climate, you will not run out of places to visit in Djibouti if you want to stretch your vacation time.
Tourism in the country is a massive industry as officials work tirelessly to ensure visitors do not run out of attractions and events to enjoy themselves in. In fact, it attracts over 40,000 people per year and with places such as the Gulf of Tadjoura and the Bab al Mandab, this number is not surprising in the least. Most visitors arrive from Europe, Asia as well as North America to trek the mountain ranges and plateaus of this small but significant part of Africa and particularly to catch a glimpse of its wildlife such as the Gazelle which can be found in Ali Sabieh. Another popular attraction is the Day Forest National Park which is known for being a protected reserve for rare trees. So where is Djibouti in your travel list this year?