This tiny speck of a country packs a big punch. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in beauty, especially if you’re a fan of geological oddities. Few countries in the world, with the possible exception of Iceland, offer such weird landscapes – think salt lakes, extinct volcanoes, sunken plains, limestone chimneys belching out puffs of steam, basaltic plateaus and majestic canyons. Outdoor adventure comes in many forms with superb hiking, diving and kitesurfing – not to mention snorkelling alongside whale sharks in the Gulf of Tadjoura.
Barring Djibouti City, the country is refreshingly devoid of large-scale development. It’s all about ecotravel, with some great sustainable stays in the hinterland that provide a fascinating glimpse into the life of nomadic tribes.
Travelling independently around Djibouti may not come cheap, but despite the high cost of living, you’ll surely leave this little corner of Africa with new experiences and wonderful memories.