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  • Writer's pictureMila Gaccino

Djibouti (Africa) Tourist Attractions

Djibouti, officially the Republic of Djibouti, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Somaliland in the south, Ethiopia in the southwest, Eritrea in the north, and the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in the east. Across the Gulf of Aden is Yemen. It is a mostly French- and Arabic-speaking country of dry shrub lands, volcanic formations and Gulf of Aden beaches. It's home to one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, the low-lying Lake Assal, in the Danakil Desert. The nomadic Afar people have settlements along Lake Abbe, a body of saltwater featuring chimney like mineral formations.

Tourist Attractions • Lake Assal • Lake Abbe • Place Menelik • Mosque Al-Hamoudi • Arta Beach • Goubet Beach • Central Market • Tropical Aquarium • Presidential Palace • Gulf of Tadjoura • Dorale and Khor Ambado • Day Forest National Park • Moucha Island • Decan Wildlife Refuge

Local Delicacies • Sambuussa (samosa) • Fah Fah • Banana Fritters • Laxoox (pronounced ‘lahooh’,) • Cambaboor • Mukbaza • Skudahkharis (Djiboutian lamb stew) • Xalwo • Sabayaad • Harira

Where to shop • Grand Pecherie • Central Market

Things to buy • Hookah pipes • Jewelry made of amber • Traditional clothing • Leather goods and various sculptures made of wood • Traditional Afar and Somali knife

When to visit Djibouti Broadly, Djibouti has two seasons: a hot dry season from May to October and a cooler season from November to April. The best time to visit Djibouti is from Nov to March; it is too fiercely hot at other times of the year, with the weather heating up from April.

Whether arriving by air, land or sea, you will be required to provide a PCR test certificate from the country where you started your journey. The test must be taken within 72 hours before you leave your destination and within 120 hours of your arrival in Djibouti. *Travel in Djibouti: Face coverings must be worn in public and private spaces where social distancing is not possible. Restaurants, shops are open with social distancing measures in place. *Accommodation: Hotels were permitted to reopen from 30 June with social distancing measures in place.

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