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Lake Assal, Djibouti

4.6
#1 of 12 in Things to do in Djibouti
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
Dip your feet in the salty waters of Lake Assal, a crater lake situated at the top of the Great Rift Valley in the Danakil Desert. Although rich in minerals, the lake water does not support any life other than bacteria. Still, salt collection here--in the world's largest natural salt deposit--provides an income for local farmers. One of the hottest places on earth, the underground of the lake continuously evaporates, creating ever more layers of solid salt bed, over which you can even drive a car. Gaze at the surreal, sunken landscapes with scant thorny bushes, camels, lizards, small birds, and insects. Using our online itinerary creator, Djibouti attractions like Lake Assal can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The scenery is unlike any other place on earth. I camped overnight and saw both the sunset and the sunrise. AMAZING  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • Very interesting salt lake on a very remote location. Basically there is nothing around. It can get very windy and very hot. So be prepared, bring an ice box full of water, drinks and food. Prefer to go there early in the morning to avoid the heat. Enjoy the view and water, it is magical.
  • Very beautiful Worth the drive from Djibouti

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