Traveling in Djibouti
Djibouti is one of Africa’s smallest countries and one of the most peaceful and stable places in the continent. It’s a destination in Africa that is often unheard of by most, and often overlooked by the few who have heard of it. For such a small chunk of land there are actually quite a lot of wonders within Djibouti’s borders. Djibouti was a former French colony that still hosts several international militaries because of its strategic location where the Red sea meets the gulf of Aden. During my trip here I saw many young French soldiers out in the city as well as several naval warships in port from other nations. Culturally Djibouti is an Islamic country in addition to several interesting nomadic tribes. Because of the western presence here you’ll find a few international restaurants and a decent amount of night life and entertainment. The rest of the country is famous for its unique natural beauty and impressive geological features.
The country’s only real large city, Djibouti is home to over 600,000 people who live in two sections of the capital; the African quarters and the European quarters. In the African quarters you can find all your markets, inexpensive shopping, and local cuisine. The European quarters are where you’ll find the international restaurants, and nightlife which includes bars and clubs.
Africa’s lowest point, and the second lowest point in the world on land is one of Djibouti’s most interesting places to visit. While oceans average saline content is around 3.5%, Lake Assal comes in at an incredibly high 34.8%, and even registers higher than Israel’s dead sea. Water temperatures are usually around 90F (32C), which creates larges salt pans in the area due to the evaporation. Like the dead sea, nothing lives in the water, and the only life you’ll find are salt miners who make a living here.
The largely rural Moucha Islands are located just 30 minutes by boat from Djibouti city. These small islands are located in the gulf of Tadjoura, which itself borders the gulf of Eden. The Moucha Islands are made out of the remains of coral and are dotted with cacti and nearly always a blazing hot sun. The biggest attraction to the islands is relaxing in a quiet bungalow, swimming or scuba diving during the day, and having a quiet evening dinner with a bottle of wine at night.