Welcome to the multicultural country of Djibouti.Djibouti is embedded in the Horn of Africa nestled at the junction of the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. It was recently nicknamed “Djibeauty” under a popular promotional campaign to capture the country’s natural beauty and its topographic grandeur which varies from rugged mountains to low-lying lakes and low desert plains interrupted by a series of plateaus. While it houses one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, it is also home to the whale shark. Having been inhabited since the Neolithic Age, it is the perfect place for budding historians. It is because of this impressive collection of charming attributes that the country deserves to welcome sustainable travelers.

Djibouti’s capital lies on coral reefs that stretch into the gulf.This has made the country an international scuba-diving hub.The Arta Beach, the Khor Ambado Beach and Mocha Island are particularly popular for their idyllic settings. Here, visitors can enjoy a day of snorkeling, swimming with dolphins as well as the widely sought after whale shark watching. After a full day of enjoying water sports and exploring an incredibly rich diversity of marine life, why not treat yourself to any of the beach front restaurants that serve some of the finest combinations of seafood?

Make your way to Djibouti to visit wildlife in their natural habitat. At Day Forest National Park,you will be exposed to ranging species of birds, various types of antelopes and gazelles as well as a more modest reserve of cheetahs and hyenas. Possessing vegetation similar to that of other arid regions in Africa, expect to find a stunning display of flora and fauna, inclusive of acacia and doum palm trees. Becoming acquainted with Djibouti’s wildlife is best paired with an expedition into the mountains where you can experience a bird’s eye view of the country’s scenic landscape.

 


Why travel to Djibouti?

To witness the place that possesses all the mystery and urban myths in the country, visit what is believed to be the most dangerous place in Djibouti, The Ghoubet Al-Kharab, also known as ‘devil’s island’ found in the Tadjourah Gulf. Legend has it that whoever tries to swim in its waters drowns because of how deep the waters are.Adding to its bleak nature is the fact that devil’s island is home to Djibouti’s arid cliffs and the host of an active volcano.From barren landscapes to salted lakes.Lying 155m below sea level is Lake Assal which is the most saline lake in the world as well as the largest salt reservoir, baring a salinity level that is ten times higher than that of oceans. For a chance to marvel at these miracles of nature, Djibouti is a perfect place to start.The multicultural nation of Djibouti gives you a chance to attend extravagant festivals.Whether it is a wedding or a simple festival of culture, your time in this country will appease your appetite for celebration. Djibouti’s French architectural style makes for an exciting trip around the city. For history lovers, Place Menelik and the Hamoudi mosque are must-sees. They are perfect examples of the classic and unique architecture that makes Djibouti so special.
The best time to visit Djibouti is from November to March. Any other time may prove to be unbearably hot.


Commitment to sustainable tourism

Djibouti is currently riding the wave of popularity in the tourism industry as it proudly holds its position as one of the most stable countries on the Horn of Africa. It also became the first African metropolis to receive the title of World Capital of Culture and Tourism by the European Council on Tourism and Trade in April 2018. Responsible tourism in Djibouti is directed at the welfare of citizens as well as the conservation of the environment.Having garnered a respectable amount of accolades, the government of Djibouti has been motivated to work towards a goal that is referred to as Djibouti’s Vision 2035 which aims to attract 500,000 foreign visitors annually by 2030 while simultaneously generating 30,000 jobs.The vision has largely incorporated sustainable tourism in projects such as the Whale Shark Festival which aims to preserve marine life, offering travelers a chance to swim with the sharks under protective conditions.Since then, the Ministry of Housing, Urbanism, Environment and Spatial Planning has worked with the UN Environmental Programme to revitalise degrading ecosystems that have been impacted by climate change especially in coastal areas. The actions of this programme involve reducing the harvesting of natural resources and the education of communities as a means of encouraging citizens to lead lifestyles that are more eco-friendly.

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