Djibouti Flights:

Flights to Djibouti image of DjiboutiThe Republic of Djibouti is one of the smallest countries in Africa, and has one of the smallest populations on the continent too. Djibouti is a country of mainly stony desert, but has a coast on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, and it’s the coast that attracts tourists to Djibouti.

There are a handful of airports in Djibouti but only the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport (airport code: JIB) will be able to serve regular flights to Djibouti from Johannesburg. It’s located in Djibouti City. Several airlines offer flights to Djibouti, but none are direct, so you’ll need to have 1 or 2 connections. Kenya Airways flies via Nairobi, and Ethiopian Airlines has their connection in Addis Ababa. For a 2-stop route, you can take a flight to Djibouti with South African Airways and connect in Dubai and Addis Ababa.

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The Tourist Attractions of Djibouti:

With its quite barren interior most tourists will stick to the coasts of Djibouti where you can enjoy some very nice beaches. Djibouti is quieter than some other countries in this part of Africa because it’s so small, and doesn’t attract hordes of tourists, so the beaches really can be very nice and quiet. Despite being off the main tourist map there are still hotels and restaurants to enjoy here, but remember that 94% of the population practices Islam so be respectful of their traditions and differences.

Djibouti City
Djibouti City is one of the coastal settlements and is actually home to about two thirds of the country’s population. It’s the capital and largest city of Djibouti and is a nice place to wander around even though it is lacking in specific tourist attractions. Even so, the European Quarter and Africa Quarter display very different architectural styles, and there are many attractive buildings to see. The beaches are really the biggest draw for tourists to Djibouti City.

Lake Assal and Lake Abbe
To experience Djibouti you really need to travel inland where you will find two lakes with unique features. Lake Assal is at the lowest point on land in Africa, sitting at 155 metres below sea level. It is a very salty lake that sits within a crater, and is believed to be one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, far saltier than sea water. The salt is being extracted even though the lake and region is protected, and if you don’t mind the high salinity you can dive under the water of Lake Assal to see the gypsum crystal formations.

Lake Abbe, aka Lake Abhe Bad, is also a salt water lake but it’s far more remote than Assal, located in the west of Djibouti. If you do venture out to here you will see some very unique sights such as the 50 metre high natural limestone chimneys that erupt steam fro the vents in their tops!

When Should You Visit?:

Djibouti is an arid country with little rainfall occurring, especially in the interior of the country. Djibouti City and the rest of the coast does have some rainfall, but only minimal amounts that tend to fall most between November and April. The temperature stays hot year round, with unbearably hot temperatures in July and August, making this a time to avoid.

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