Bookmark and Share

Djibouti Travel Guide

Djibouti — Attractions

Djibouti offers a wide range of amusements the wandering traveler, especially for those with a knack for adventure. Its diverse geography gives way to exciting explorations while also offering up a quiet haven for those looking to enjoy a more laidback holiday. The beaches on Djibouti's coast and the nearby Moucha Islands, the lakeside landscapes and the desert plains offer plentiful opportunities for active pursuits or simply lazing around to appreciate the natural beauty of the country. Walk on some of the lowest points on earth, explore the wilderness and admire otherworldly views of the natural steaming chimneys of Lake Abbé.

Moucha Islands

Situated a few miles from the shore of Djibouti, this magical stretch of islands is just under two-miles long and surrounded by stunning coral reefs. It s frequented by travelers who are interested in snorkeling, fishing and diving. The islands can be reached via a one-minute boat ride from Djibouti port, which makes an excellent day trip or overnight camping destination if you don’t think the cities are secluded enough. There are some outdoor eateries to dine at, but you will have to bring your own camping gear should you want to sleep under the stars.
Address: Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti
Phone: n/a
Website: n/a

Gulf of Tadjoura

The Gulf of Tadjoura borders the east side of the country and is one of the richest areas in the world for coral and fish species. Highly sought after by both diving and underwater photography enthusiasts, its beaches are a popular starting point for excursions to the beautiful coral reefs of the Red Sea and for daytrips involving aquatic sports and water-based activities.
Address: eastern Djibouti
Phone: n/a
Website: n/a

Lake Assal

Known as the lowest point in Africa, the beautiful Lake Assal is 570 feet below sea level. It is also the saltiest lake outside Antarctica, and is surrounded by expansive salt pans. Dominating the surrounding landscape is the Ardoukoba Volcano, which has been dormant since 1978. Lake Assal is about 60 miles southwest of the capital and is accessible by four-wheel drive. The nearby desert areas offer great stretches of sand for yachting. Both the Ardoukoba Volcano and the Lake Assal Zone have been declared World Heritage sites by UNESCO.
Address: Great Rift Valley, central-eastern Djibouti
Phone: n/a
Website: n/a

Lake Abbe

One of the three main lakes in Djibouti, this salt water haven is notable for its sky-high limestone chimneys that continually vent a mysterious steam. It is very close to the Ethiopia-Djibouti border and is part of an interconnected lake chain. Don’t be surprised if the landscape looks familiar, as parts of the surrounding area was used as the famed "Forbidden Zone" in the movie Planet of the Apes.
Address: Ethiopian border, Djibouti
Phone: n/a
Website: n/a

Aquarium Tropical de Djibouti and Marché Central

If you want to catch a glimpse of the treasures of the Red Sea without having to dive deep trenches, head to Aquarium Tropical de Djibouti, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the capital city. It is also close to the most visited attraction in Djibouti, Marché Central, the pleasantly chaotic central market which makes for a fun-filled afternooon.
Address: (Marché Central) Blvd de Bender, Djibouti City
Phone: n/a
Website: n/a

Khor Ambado Beach

Perfect for picnicking, snorkeling expeditions or plain sightseeing, this sandy beach is one of the best for daytrips if you don’t have much time as it is only 10 miles from Djibouti City. The beach of Doralé is also nearby, and both offer excellent swimming and spectacular scenery. Khor Ambado is of particular interest for its volcanic landscapes and beautiful sunsets. The road to this paradise may be rough and rocky, but you’ll be rewarded by soft sand as you reach the shore.
Address: Tadjoura region, Djibouti
Phone: n/a
Website: n/a

Tadjoura City

One of the most ancient towns in Djibouti, this is a popular place for a quiet retreat and is ideal for laidback activities like fishing and sightseeing. The sprawling golf resorts in the area boast attractive views of the nearby mountain ranges.
Address: Tadjoura, Djibouti
Phone: n/a
Website: n/a

Djibouti City

Known as the "French Hong Kong in the Red Sea," Djibouti's capital is a vibrant mix of old buildings (such as the famous Kempinski Palace), sandy beaches and lively markets. The city has not lost its Arabic vibe and is very much a cultural and historical center. It’s easy to spend hours wandering around and getting lost among the 19th century structures and exotic buildings.
Address: Djibouti region, Djibouti
Phone: n/a
Website: n/a

Day Forest National Park

Outdoor enthusiasts love venturing into the wilderness in this beautiful woodland habitat. Some parts of the Goda mountain forests that feature rare species of flora and fauna can be found in this park. It is a giant oasis bathed in greens and blues in the parched desert of Djibouti, situated some 19 miles from the Gulf of Tadjoura.
Address: Tadjoura region, Djibouti
Phone: n/a
Website: n/a

Close