Djibouti in detail

Djibouti is known for

Dramatic Scenery

Djibouti is full of geological oddities, and is a surreal place to explore and photograph. One thing is sure: you'll be rewarded with exceptional panoramas.

Lac Abbé Spike-like calcareous chimneys make for apocalyptic landscapes.

Lac Assal The great salt lake and black volcanic terrain of Lac Assal are truly photogenic.

Grand Barra This desert plain, which was once an ancient lake, looks like a Martian landscape.

Forêt du Day Head to Forêt du Day for a breath of fresh air and some truly magical views.

Les Allols Hike across these stunning expanses of salt fields amid volcanic mountains.

Outdoor Adventures

If you're after the outdoor adventure of a lifetime, you've come to the right place, with a number of activities to keep you occupied for a few days.

Diving Explore well-preserved wrecks, healthy reefs and spectacular walls in the Gulf of Tadjoura.

Whale-shark spotting Snorkel alongside massive whale sharks between November and January.

Hiking What the little-known Goda Mountains lack in size is more than made up for in diversity, with walks of various lengths.

Swimming Plage des Sables Blancs is the picture-perfect place for taking a dip in turquoise waters.

Wildlife Watching

Djibouti offers excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities.

Bay of Ghoubbet This large bay is one of the most dependable locations in the world for close encounters with whale sharks.

Decan This small wildlife refuge near Djibouti City shelters various species, including cheetahs, that have been rescued from illegal caging for trafficking purposes.

Plage des Sables Blancs The waters around Plage des Sables Blancs are teeming with colourful tropical critters.

Forêt du Day Spot the Djibouti francolin, the country's only endemic bird species, in this forest north of the Gulf of Tadjoura.

Creature Comforts

If you’d like to escape the heat and chill for a few days, there's a handful of great options.

Djibouti Palace Kempinski This sprawling resort has a prolific list of amenities, including two superb pools and excellent restaurants.

Hôtel Village Vacances Les Sables Blancs A quiet retreat with a stellar beachfront setting. Fabulous for families and couples.

Village Mer Rouge Get away from it all at this low-key resort overlooking a golden beach.

Hôtel-Restaurant Le Golfe Enjoy the relaxing seafront setting and sweeping views of the Gulf of Tadjoura at this low-key resort.