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Address: Far southwest corner of Dijbouti | On the border with Ethiopia, Djibouti
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You can only reach Lac Abbé by 4WD, and you'll need to hire a guide and...

You can only reach Lac Abbé by 4WD, and you'll need to hire a guide and set aside two days to do it. In the far south-west of the country on the border with Ethiopia, Lac Abbé is the dawn gathering place for flamingoes. Weird natural chimneys (or fumaroles) formed by escaping underground steam dot the foreshore. The town of Dikhil, where the sealed road runs out, is a good starting point for 4WD expeditions.

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Lake Abbe and chimneys

We left Djibouti very early in the morning to reach lake Abbe. Four hours were necessary, two of them in a poor visible track in the desert where we have seen some gerenuk... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2016
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La Spezia, Italy
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

We left Djibouti very early in the morning to reach lake Abbe. Four hours were necessary, two of them in a poor visible track in the desert where we have seen some gerenuk Litocranius walleri and several dorcas gazelle Gazella Dorcas. Before to reach the lake, there is a desert plateau with several limestone chimneys some as high as 40... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Landscape of another world. The chimneys in stark contrast to the surrounding desert seem almost surreal. We spent the night in the campground to enjoy the sunset and following morning sunrise. Wow! We were told "Return of the Planet of the Apes " was filmed here

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Thank TimJMeyer
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed 17 February 2016

I have seen many beautiful sunsets in so many different places but, the sunset in Lake was unforgettable, where I was surrounded only by my partner, silence and the stunning natural limestone chimneys, there are a work of art. The whole experience was amazing, from the driving road passing the surreal landscapes, gazelles, monkeys and camels to the sunset and... More 

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3 Thank MARCIOSAMPAIO100
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

It's great place to see. The lake, chymneys, flamingoes, scenery etc. You also get picture of the nomad lifestyle and culture. Nice to stay close to lake in nomad family's place. Bit of a drive from Djibouti city, but worth it!

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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Reviewed 12 November 2015

A visit to lac Abbé is a must in Djibouti! It is an amazing place and you should stay the night there in the Afar huts to enjoy the sunset and sunrise! Go on a full moon and you will not need a flashlight. We had an amazing stay and were able to see and talk to the nomads crossing... More 

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Reviewed 25 December 2014

Worth the bumpy road to see such amazing geothermal topography! Stayed the night in a "local" hut which was an experience that went along with a wonderful two days. East to explore on your own, but best to have a native do the driving. If staying overnight, bring your own food and bedding and book ahead.

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Awasa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

Straddling the border between Djibouti and Ethiopia. The Awash River from Ethiopia drains into this lake. There is no water outlet. The most interesting features are the "chimneys". The closest town is Dikhil. You will be confronted by many so-called "guides" who wish to show you the way for a fee. No guide is necessary.

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

We took a long drive to Lake Abbé approximately 5 hours. Lake Abbé is an ancient lake around 6000 years old. It is a huge depression about 350 sq kms The landscape is marked by calcareous chimneys, former marine fumaroles. It Is a fantastic sight. We arrived the before sunset. We were told the first 'planet of the apes 'was... More 

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3 Thank Helen N
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Reviewed 25 January 2013

We hired a local guide, a driver and a 4x4 car for 2 days to go to Lake Abbé from Djibouti City. We started in the morning and had lunch at Dikhil. The ride got quite dusty and rough after leaving the good road off Dikhil. Overall, it took about 5 - 6 hours of driving to get to the... More 

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