Many important facilities for children, such as cots in hotels, safety seats in 4WDs, and highchairs in restaurants, are almost totally lacking.
Items such as nappies, baby food and mineral water are easily available in the well-stocked Western supermarkets (but are between two to three times their normal price) in Djibouti City.
For youngsters, snorkelling with whale sharks (between November and January) is a sure-fire hit. For kids, visiting the Decan, a small wildlife refuge, can be fun. Near Tadjourah, Plage des Sables Blancs is also a great place for families.