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Lake Abbe

Far southwest corner of Dijbouti | On the border with Ethiopia, Djibouti
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Campsite is terrible - there is no way around that, but the landscape is wonderful

The Good: Lac Abbe and the chimneys and the sights along the way on the looong offroad drive. The... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2018
Biztraveller30
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Alien landscape - almost Mars/Moon like

We went here in July 2017 as part of a package tour. The temperature was around 45 degrees C. The... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
MC F
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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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Far southwest corner of Dijbouti | On the border with Ethiopia, Djibouti
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

The Good: Lac Abbe and the chimneys and the sights along the way on the looong offroad drive. The views of the nomad children returning home with their goats and donkeys and camels in sunset against the backdrop of steaming limestone chimneys and hot springs.....More

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Reviewed 23 August 2017

We went here in July 2017 as part of a package tour. The temperature was around 45 degrees C. The camp itself was nice enough with huts for travelers. It takes around 3 hours off road to get to this location. On the way you...More

1  Thank MC F
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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...More

5  Thank bluebay06
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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...More

1  Thank TimJMeyer
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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...More

4  Thank MARCIOSAMPAIO100
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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!

1  Thank iippa23
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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...More

1  Thank pascalebratislava
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Reviewed 26 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...More

2  Thank jettag1950
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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...More

4  Thank Herbinz
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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....More

4  Thank Helen N
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