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“Fascinating nature of Djibouti”
Review of Lake Assal

Lake Assal
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Djibouti
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Owner description: 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.
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!
Scinery is like u r on d moon! Moussa explained us all in a very entertaining and funny way! They ve provided us with water after swimming in Lac Assal! Everything was perfect!
Thank you guys from Bambu services! Highly recomend them!

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Reviewed 23 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 salty.

It's often sweltering hot and difficult to stay outside for very long so do bring sunscreen and water!

Try soaking your feet in this salty water, but bring water to rinse off, as the heat will dry the salt and dry you to your core .

Pick up some salt crystals as a souvenir! The crystals tend to group around foreign matter such as sticks and stones. You will also find cool bones from animals who may have died in the lac.

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 greenish tint to the shallow water over the salt and the strange shapes that the salt takes on when deposited by the water all add to the appeal. I loved walking out on the salt and taking in the view of the surrounding hills and mountains and seeing the salt formations. We ate lunch on the salt and were visited by a very entertaining young boy who was selling salt (and looking for treats). While here you should visit the hot springs nearby - the vivid greens of the algae in the water are spectacular. If you make it to Djibouti you should definitely see Lac Assal

2  Thank Geof J
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Reviewed 18 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 there are A LOT of trucks on the main road. Until you get to a turn-off...you'll be fighting to go around these guys.

The views were breathtaking. It was hot but we had a nice breeze keeping us cool. I can't imagine what the summer heat would be like...I'm glad I came in December. There are NO facilities or restaurants so make sure you pack some snacks, food and drinks. We brought a big jug of water so anyone who swam could rinse off all the salt.

Most of us waded in the water, two floated. Make sure you bring some kind of feet protection because the salt is rocky and sharp. Also something that you don't mind getting ruined with salt. This is a nice place to visit but there is no shaded areas, benches or amenities, you can explore around the lake and there are souvenir vendors so be prepared to haggle!

We also stopped at a hot springs close by and then BBQ'd at a beach, it was a wonderful day with colleagues! Adding 5 photos.

4  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 a great gift for anyone who loves to cook.

Swimming in the lake is a must as the extreme buoyancy is an incredible experience. You can float on your stomach with both hands and legs in the air and still have no trouble keeping your head above water. It's also quite difficult to put your feet down on the ground when you want to stand. For those planning to do this, bring a bathing suit (obvious), some heavy sun cream (the sun here is brutal), and some water shoes (the salt crystals on the lake floor are like razor blades).

This area is also where the African and Middle Eastern tectonic plates meet, and it's possible to see where they have gradually been pulling the ground apart.

Highly recommended for anyone who visits Djibouti.

3  Thank krspencer
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