Best Tourist Places to Visit in Djibouti, Africa

Best Tourist Places to Visit in Djibouti, Africa

Djibouti is an African country located in the eastern part of the continent, sharing its borders with Eritrea towards the north, Somalia towards the southeast, Ethiopia towards the south and west and its eastern border touches the shores of Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Djibouti City is the capital and largest city of Djibouti, covering around 65% of the total population of the country. The next four largest cities of Djibouti are:

  • Ali Sabieh
  • Tadjoura
  • Dikhil
  • Obock

The tourism of Djibouti is concentrated on wildlife areas and also the country is home to many renowned large historic mosques and furthermore, every town in country houses a mosque.


History of Djibouti:

Djibouti was first mentioned in its pre-history as a part of the Land of Punt which was an Egyptian trading partner region in the 25th century BC. The real colonization in Djibouti began by the French Empire at the end of the 19th century which resulted in making Djibouti a part of the French Somaliland colony and finally the French rule in Djibouti came to end on June 27, 1977 which transformed Djibouti as a republic country.


How to reach Djibouti?

The Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport is the gateway to Djibouti, located around 6 km away from the centre of the capital, Djibouti City. The airport handles flights from Dubai, Paris, Riyadh, Istanbul, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Sana’a, Dire Dawa and Jeddah. Air Djibouti is the national airline of Djibouti.

Djibouti City can be reached by boat from Yemen and other Middle East countries.

All the major cities and towns of Djibouti are connected well each other by bus and minibus services.


Culture, Food and Shopping in Djibouti:

Muslim is the predominant religion in Djibouti who constitutes over 90% of the nation’s population. Somali and Afar are the national languages as well as the commonly spoken languages in Djibouti.

Franc is the currency used in Djibouti. Traditional wood-carved jars are the most famous product among foreign shoppers in Djibouti. Some spicy and popular dishes of Djibouti are Xalwo, yetakelt wet and Fah-fah.


Must see in Djibouti:


Moucha Island:

Situated off the Djibouti’s coast, Moucha Island is a beautiful coral island, famous among for its diving sites. There is an airport on the island, working during dry season. Worth a visit.


Day Forest National Park:

The Day Forest National Park is situated in the Goda Mountains of Djibouti, holding a title of the largest forest of the country. Covering a total area of 13900 hectors, the park is rich in vegetation, mainly Olea africana, Buxus hildebrantii, Tarchonanthus camphoratus and Juniperus procera species.


Lac Assal:

Lac Assal or Lake Assal spans over an area of 54 km² with a length of 19 km and width of 7 km, is situated in the central-western part of the country, around 120 km from Djibouti city. This crater Lake is the largest salt reserve in the world and also holds a population birds, lizards and camels on the shore.


Aden Bay Casino:

The Aden Bay Casino is situated in the Sheraton Hotel in the capital city, Djibouti city. The casino features 40 poker machines, roulette tables, black jack and many other specialities. It is open from 6PM-4AM (Friday-Wednesday) and 6PM-5AM (Thursday).


Mosques in Djibouti city:

Djibouti city houses numerous large historical mosques of which the Hamoudi Mosque and Saoudi Mosque are the most famous ones among visitors coming to the city. There are also parks surrounding these mosques.


Other places of interest in Djibouti include:

  • The Presidential Palace of Djibouti
  • Ali Sabieh Mountain
  • Lagarde Park
  • Khor Ambado Beach
  • University of Djibouti


Best time to visit Djibouti:

The climate of Djibouti varies from arid to semiarid, the northern, western and central Djibouti experiences a semiarid climate while the northeastern Djibouti features an arid climate. As the weather is concerned, during the months between December and February is ideal to visit Djibouti.


Accommodation options in Djibouti:

The hospitality industry of Djibouti is concentrated in the capital city, Djibouti City, which boasts more than 40 standard hotels of which the most are shared between downtown Djibouti City and beachfront. List of the tourist favor hotels in Djibouti City in Djibouti:

  • Sheraton Djibouti Hotel
  • Les Acacias Hotel Djibouti
  • Hotel Menelik
  • Djibouti Palace Kempinski
  • Lagon Bleu Village
  • Hotel la Siesta
  • Auberge le Heron
  • Hotel Horseed
  • Residence Hotel Bellevue
  • Imperial Resort And Red Sea Hotel
  • Hotel Bellevue
  • Hotel Dar Es Salam
  • Hotel Residence de l’Europe

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