Ali Sabieh Flights:
Flights to Ali Sabieh Ali Sabieh is a small town in southern Djibouti with few specific attractions for tourists. It’s a pleasant place with some facilities for travellers, though you may not have much selection on hotels. The main languages spoken in Ali Sabieh, as well as in the rest of Djibouti, are French and Arabic. It is also a Muslim nation, and Islamic social customs are observed though many women do walk about without any head coverings.
The closest airport for flights to Ali Sabieh is the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport (airport code: JIB) which is about 65 kilometres away. You can get one-stop flights to Ali Sabieh with either Ethiopian Airlines or Kenya Airways, coming from South Africa. The first one stops in Addis Ababa, and the second has its connection in Nairobi. If you fly with South African Airways, you will also have one transfer in Addis Ababa. Most flights to Ali Sabieh are around 12 hours long, though some are much longer.
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The Tourist Attractions of Ali Sabieh:
The larger city and capital of Djibouti is not far to the north of Ali Sabieh, and you can find plenty of things to see and do there. Being right on the coast, there is a great beach on Tadjoura Bay. Khor Ambado Beach is good for swimming, sunbathing as well as doing a little snorkelling. There are some extensive coral reefs not far off the coast so you can also go scuba diving if you charter a boat or tour group. The Aquarium Tropical de Djibouti is another fun spot to visit for their large underwater displays. If you do want to head to Djibouti, there are regular buses from Ali Sabieh.
Day Forest National Park
The road to the Day Forest National Park will take you between the two largest lakes in the country, Lake Assal and Lake Ghoubet. Considering that most of the country has a desert landscape, this is an unusual forested area worth a visit. There are some tourist accommodations within the park if you wish to stay away from Ali Sabieh longer.
While on the drive to the park, you may want to stop at Lake Assal. It’s the saltiest lake in the world and the white salt pans on the shores are an amazing sight. It is a little barren though so don’t expect much wildlife around the lake.
If you are a little more adventurous and don’t mind touring beyond the roads, Lake Abhe is another unusual lake with more salt flats and tall limestone steam vents reachable from Ali Sabieh. One shore has a dormant volcano, and the area has been used in several movies to simulate an exotic lunar landscape.
When Should You Visit?:
Though it is generally hot in Ali Sabieh, there are some months that have more comfortable weather than others. November through until March is around 24C (75F), and it only cools down by a few degrees at night. July and August will reach 34C (93F) and it does drop more at night for cooler evenings. It almost never rains in Ali Sabieh, so you won’t have to plan around any wet seasons.