Country Nr 23 – Djibouti – the stunning crater lake Assal

Country 23/196: Djibouti
Destinations: Lake Assal and Djibouti
We always try to visit the country’s Nr. 1 attraction, but sometimes it can’t be done because it’s too dangerous or too far from the airport and sometimes we do visit the place but we end up kinda disappointed since the place looks much better on the internet. Well, this time we managed to visit the country’s top attraction and we weren’t disappointed at all! Moreover, the famous Lake Assal is WAY more stunning than on the internet. We were overwhelmed. Lake Assal is actually a saline crater lake, which lies 155 m below the sea level. The lake is known as the world’s largest salt reserve and is considered a national treasure. We’d say so – its salty white shores and crystal clear turquoise waters are truly breathtaking. ♥
We were staying in the country’s capital – Djibouti and we loved the city’s sights, food, and its laid-back vibe.
Djibouti, it was our utmost pleasure! 🙂

Things to see and things to do

Some of the country’s top destinations and attractions include:
  • Lake Assal
  • Djibouti City
  • Tadjoura
  • Lake Abhe
  • Ali Sabieh
  • Goba’ad Plain
  • Hanlé Plain
  • Day Forest National Park

Where to stay

We were staying at the beautiful Residence Lagun Bleu and it was clean and comfortable. In Djibouti City, there are plenty of nice accommodation options to be found.

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If you are only planning to stay in the city and if you are willing to eat and sleep like a local, the cost of the trip will be quite inexpensive. However, if you are planning to visit a lake or any other remote area, the cost will be somewhat higher, but it’s sure worth it! You can take a taxi or a minibus to Lake Assal, depending on how flexible you are.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Djibouti is from November until March when the temperatures are slightly cooler (around 25°C).

Environmental issues

Deforestation, desertification, water scarcity and pollution, and wildlife conservation are among Djibouti’s most pressing environmental issues. Trees are being cut down at an increasing rate due to the extension of agricultural lands and the use of wood for fuel. The country’s limited water supply is threatened by increasing salinity. The shortage of arable land is causing famine throughout the country. Wildlife conservation programs include the prohibition of wildlife hunting and overfishing in the established underwater reserves in the Gulf of Tadjoura.

Romance and adventure

Djibouti offers many wonderful sights and fun activities. A trip to Lake Assal would surely thrill a romance-seeker and an adventurer alike.


Found lots of LOVE in Djibouti. 😉 ♥

Honeymoon rating of the visited destinations: ♥♥♥

Honeymoon in Djibouti? Considering that it offers one of the most beautiful sights ever, it might be a great destination for an adventurous honeymoon.

* Note: This is NOT a general rating of the country, it is merely our personal opinion of the mentioned site(s) as honeymoon destinations, based on the level of tourism development, the number and quality of romantic and adventurous activities and sites it offers, and safety. We strongly believe that every country is beautiful in its own way, they may simply be more or less honeymoon oriented/friendly.

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