The Republic of Djibouti is located between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. Its position at the end of the Red Sea and the beginning of the Gulf of Aden has lent it strategic importance. Djibouti is situated in the centre of a fault area that stretches through the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea and continues into the Ethiopian Plateau and Somalia. The area of Lake Assal-Goubet is where three portions of the rift converge and where the earth’s crust is just 5 kilometres deep. This exceptional geological setting means that the whole of Djibouti is exposed to frequent seismic shocks. In November 1978, not far from Lake Assal, a volcano about forty metres high was formed, known as the Ardoukoba. When this happened, it was observed that the Arabian Peninsula and the continent of Africa had drifted apart by 120 centimetres.
Surrounded by volcanoes and black lava, Lake Assal (153 metres below sea level) appears to be bordered by an ice floe, which is actually blindingly-white salt. Besides Lake Assal and the nearby Le Goubet Gulf, it is also interesting to visit Lake Abbe on the border with Ethiopia. The entire coast is inhabited mostly by nomadic tribes with their herds of camels and goats, and has remained in a virtually pristine condition. There are several places for swimming and a beautiful white beach near Tadjoura.
Here our proposals to discover this beautiful country: