Lake Assal
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Lac Assal is 150m (492ft) below sea level, and is an aquatic wilderness surrounded by dormant volcanoes and black lava fields. The lake is a one-day trip on the tarmac road west from the capital. You will pass Lac Goubet on the way, a seawater loch known locally as 'the pit of demons', then pass a stark, apocalyptic volcanic neck separating the two lakes.
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,733 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Kind of a "must-see" (do? experience?) if you're in Djibouti. It's the lowest point on mainland Africa, and it's pretty interesting.

There are no facilities (including toilets, unless you count a pile of rocks--which some of us ended up going behind), so pack (water, food, sunscreen, etc.) accordingly. It's easy to self-drive out (the whole way is paved), and depending on traffic and when you leave DJ, and if you stop anywhere along the way, it takes around 2 to 2.5 hours.

On the drive out (we left DJ in the morning), we saw baboons and Dorcas gazelle. Pleasant surprise to see some wildlife!
Written 27 February 2024
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OnwardTraveller
Southampton, UK1,197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
There’s nothing here other than salt and the sea but this is a worthwhile must do trip comparable to the Dead Sea but without the facilities. Very hot in the summer: my iPhone switched itself off and needed the car a/c to restart!
Written 5 August 2023
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annans62
Herselt, Belgium111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Its like to walk on.... ice ? And you can actually take a bath here, its healthy. Also intresting to see harvest of salt
Written 4 August 2023
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Dot Njagi
Ethiopia53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This is a wonder of the world. The salty, crystalized volcanic lake. Very beautiful from kilometers away. The temperatures are really hot though and you need to carry spare shoes to access the lake at close range (crocs preferably) . This is a must go in Djibouti, the lowest part of Africa
Written 25 April 2022
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Hailsk2411
1,286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Solo
Great place, quiet, tourist free and beautiful scenery. Went for a swim! Very salty. Great weather. Must see in Djibouti.
Written 22 December 2021
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etienne m
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Very nice place to discover but it as a long drive on roads that are presently under repair. We did bring some salt souvenir back...makes a great picture standing on a sand bar.
Written 23 February 2021
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Taffy
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
The scenery is unlike any other place on earth. I camped overnight and saw both the sunset and the sunrise. AMAZING
Written 27 November 2020
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bruce leroy
Trinity, NC122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
This was a unique experience. The water was refreshing and the floating was a neat experience. Take spare clothes and water to rinse yourself off as the salt sticks to your skin once it dries.
Written 9 April 2020
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subinvs
Dubai, United Arab Emirates20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
It s an amazing place to visit; place surrounded by volcano affected area. salt lake is another attraction. beach is very much clean and clear. One of the natures wonder to see...for any travelers. Its too hot during summer
Written 17 March 2020
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leciel83
Toronto, Canada358 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Lake Assal is a must visit if you are in Djibouti. The car ride from center of Djibouti is around 1 hour 30 mins (depending on the driving speed) and there is a lovely white sale beach where visitor can walk on and take loads of lovely photos.

PLEASE NOTE: it is important to wear thick bottom layer of foot ware (thin flip flops is not recommended) due to the sharp salty beach! Also if it is a sunny day, sun screen is important ! If not, like myself, got sun burn in minutes !
Written 7 February 2020
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