Central America & Caribbean
Near & Middle-East
Djibouti is just a small confetti on a world map. But once you get there, you'll discover how interesting it can be to visit it.
In spite of a tormented relief, of the sometimes not very easy and expensive transport, it is possible, in very little time, to discover true wonders, varied points of interest. In the space of a few days, one can dive and contemplate incredible underwater funds, go hiking in wooded reliefs, tread a salt ice floe, make sand yachting, taste Ethiopian or Yemeni cooking. And meet a welcoming Djiboutian, a European, American or Japanese soldier, a Somali nomad, a fisherman from Hodeïda, an Eritrean proud of his country, an Ethiopian truck driver, a French expatriate, a Romanian sailor, an Indian hairdresser, a Chinese merchant ...
This piece of land, which has its roots in the farthest reaches of humanity, is an extraordinary natural laboratory with geological sites unique in the world. The inland offers landscapes of infinite variety. The earth's crust is pulled in all directions, folded, compacted. The interplay of plates, the erosion of time and the elements have created unique landscapes: depressions with or without salt, lakes of mud or salt, lava flows, arid deserts, rocky plateaus and canyons, gentle mountains or endless plains. As one progresses, the rock and sand change color. A courageous, thorny flora clings to it. In the northern mountains, the plants and shrubs huddle closer together to take advantage of the humid fog: dragon trees, strangler fig trees, jujube trees. If the winter is idyllic, the summer here is one of the hottest on the planet. Torpor. Men, animals, plants, rocks freeze. An experience not necessarily pleasant, but unforgettable.
Djibouti is home to some of the most beautiful seabeds in the world: coral reefs of an incomparable variety (over 200 species) with an exceptionally rich fauna, coral fish, clown fish, gaterins, crocodile fish, crustaceans, etc.. Its coasts are the habitat of numerous species of fish, often of extraordinary size, such as tuna, barracudas, groupers, moray eels, loaches, napoleons (giant wrasse), manta rays, swordfish, jacks, humpback dolphins, beaked whales, not to mention an incredible variety of sharks (including the very rare whale shark). It is a dream place for divers from all over the world. Snorkeling (swimming with mask and snorkel) allows beginners to easily enjoy these marine treasures. The islands and mangroves have on their side nothing to envy to the paradisiacal archipelagos of the tropics, with their warm and turquoise waters and their sandy beaches.
Djibouti is part of the land of legends traversed by unusual characters with the destiny of adventurers. This mythical place at the exact junction between two worlds, Arabia and Africa, has attracted the greatest of them. Weapons traffickers who for years sold European stocks of rifles and ammunition, but also slave traders, tobacco and coffee traffickers... Arthur Rimbaud, Henry de Monfreid, Joseph Kessel, Albert London, and many others, fell under the spell of this splendid and spectacular country, and of the more or less shady business that could be done there in Tadjourah or Obock. Today still a land of escape par excellence, Djibouti lends itself beyond organized excursions to the discovery of tracks and untracked trails, which often offer thrills.