Flights to Dikhil The town of Dikhil is in the southern reaches of Djibouti, farther inland than most of the other cities visited by tourists. There are a few natural attractions near Dikhil but the town itself does not have too many things to do. Even so, it’s an interesting little town that you can stay in if you are planning on touring the interior of the country.
Dikhil is about 100km from Djibouti, so the large Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport (airport codE: JIB) is the most convenient place to arrive on a flight to Dikhil. With that in mind, you can get a flight to Dikhil with Kenya Airways or Ethiopian Airlines and have transfers in either Nairobi or Addis Ababa. South African Airways also has a one-stop flight to Dikhil that transfers in Nairobi. Most flights are around 12 to 15 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Dikhil:
Day Forest National Park
You’ll have to take the road northward between Lake Assal and Lake Ghoubet to reach the Day Forest National Park, but it is the only national protected park in the area. And since the roads are good, it makes a good opportunity to see the Djibouti countryside. While lightly forested, the park is still very rough and rugged, with steep stony hillsides. It’s a great place for a hike and to take in a little green space that can be hard to find in the drier parts of Djibouti near Dikhil. When you are driving there, take a few minutes to stop at Lake Assal (it’s not far from the road). It’s one of the saltiest lakes in the world, and the white crystal-covered shorelines are pretty unique. Just don’t expect to see many fish or animals around.
You can also travel to the west from Dikhil for a little more unique landscape. Lake Abhe is beyond the reach of roads but you can get out there if you want some adventure and have access to a sturdy 4×4. The area has more salt flats, a dormant volcano crater and tall limestone steam vents. Once you’re there, you’ll feel like you’re on another planet, making this great for some unusual photos.
The city is a couple of hours away, but you will likely be stopping in Djibouti City as your flight comes to the airport there. So you can see some of the sights before heading to Dikhil. The Khor Ambado Beach is one of the finest and has great sand for sunbathing and swimming. You can also see some of the busy coral reefs if you want to go farther out to sea in a charter boat. Scuba diving is very popular. The fish market down by the harbour is a busy spot if you don’t mind getting up early in the morning.
When Should You Visit?:
Though Djibouti may give you the impression of a nation with extreme heat, Dikhil has several months of reasonably pleasant weather each year. You will want to avoid travelling in July and August when it reaches 35C (95F) in the daytime, but it gets much cooler in November through until late January. During that season, you can expect temperatures to be closer to 23C (73F) with only a hint of rainfall.