This trip is not for the faint of heart, says its operator, nor for those without a degree of fitness. But the rewards for curious travellers who want to explore Djibouti in an overlooked corner of Africa far outweigh its inconveniences.
Once away from the eponymous capital city of this former French colony, which lies right on he Horn of Africa, opportunities for wild hiking in its unique landscape abound—there are active volcanoes, salt flats and leopard-run forests. The hikes last anywhere from four to 12 kilometres, and the amenities will be sometimes rugged.
You will undertake a fantastic full-day camel trek and snorkel in the clear waters of the Bay of Ghoubbet on the search for whale sharks and other marine life. You’ll have the option of participating in cultural dances as well as interact with people who are eager to share their stories, often overlooked in the global community. A new trip on offer, and one of those once-in-a-lifetime ones.
- Ride a 4×4 across the African desert, past gazelles and mirages, to Lake Abbe for an authentic camp stay with the Afar people who live there.
- Take a dip in the salty Lake Assal, a natural crater phenomenon on the Great Rift Valley and the lowest point in Africa.
- Trek around the Day Forest to visit local tribes and see up-close the unique dead trees that shoot up out of the country’s Goda Mountains.
- Swim, snorkel or fly a kite off the coast of the pristine Plage des Sables Blanc beach.
- Phone: 855-299-1211
- Length/Departs: 13 days / March, November
- Accommodation: Hotel, bungalow, camping
- Price: $3,780
- Difficulty: Moderate