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Lake Assal

Central region of Dijbouti, Djibouti
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Fascinating nature of Djibouti

Entire tour is worth every $!!! I contacted Daniel from Bambu Tours and he answered me immidiately... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2018
kecojevicm
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Doha, Qatar
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The saltiest place on earth

We came here as part of a packaged tour. Lac Assal was one of the strangest places I have ever been... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2017
MC F
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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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“salt crystals” (5 reviews)
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Central region of Dijbouti, Djibouti
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"salt crystals"
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"below sea level"
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"djibouti city"
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"your feet"
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"the main road"
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"hot springs"
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"get away"
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"i'm glad"
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"souvenir vendors"
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"few years"
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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Entire tour is worth every $!!! I contacted Daniel from Bambu Tours and he answered me immidiately! I did a tour with guide Moussa and driver Mahmoud! Fantastic. They picked us from hotel,had a ride till canyon,then lac assal, then picnic lunch and then volcano!...More

1  Thank kecojevicm
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

We came here as part of a packaged tour. Lac Assal was one of the strangest places I have ever been to. The lake is so large that the end looks like it's part of the horizon and believe me, the lake is very very...More

Thank MC F
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

We visited here in early February. It was hot with a strong wind blowing and the visibility was limited due to it being very hazy. That said it is a strangely beautiful spot. The vast array of colors that the water takes on - the...More

2  Thank Geof J
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

A must see destination. Apprx 2 hours from Djibouti city...depending on traffic. Majority of the time spent will be travel to and from this attraction. Colleagues from work decided to go to Lac Assal. The first part of the trip was a bit slow since...More

3  Thank ldjhns
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Reviewed 18 December 2016

Lac Assal is the second saltiest lake in the world save for another in Antarctica. It has a fascinating color palette due to the salt content and is surrounded by an amazingly bizarre and beautiful volcanic landscape. Locals sell salt by the bag which make...More

3  Thank krspencer
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

Together with my husband we decided to spend 7 days in November visiting Djibouti. Having a few days to plan the trip and knowing the difficulty of driving in the desert around lake Abbe we decided to contact Bambu Service Touristik. Daniel, the boss, was...More

11  Thank bluebay06
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Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent stop seeing this lowest point in Africa. Fairly close to the Gulf of Tadjourah. Salt has been collected here by the Afar for centuries. Now the Chinese are building considerable infrastructure and will be collecting vast quantity of this natural salt!!!

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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Traveling to Djibouti, you must visit this place. It is unbelivable .The lake is 150 meters below sea level. The place is very hot +50 degrees Celsius on summer time!

Thank MurfreesboroTom37
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

***There is no restaurant here*** This was a great trip and I'm glad that I did it. The only reason that I didn't give it four stars, was because there is no infrastructure. There are a few vendors selling some animal skulls and other items...More

2  Thank Jamey A
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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

From Djibouti City the drive is about 2 hours. It is a wonderful drive out of the city into the country side. Along the way we saw monkeys and camels crossing the road, and always plenty of goats! Along the way there are wonderful sightseeing...More

2  Thank lindamari0
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