This small country is not too rich with natural or man-made wonders, but, nevertheless, some wonders of Djibouti are truly surprising, such as the eerie landscape of limestone chimneys at Lake Abbe.
Map with the described wonders
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Top 9 wonders of Djibouti
One of the most saline lakes in the world, its surface is 155 m below sea level. World’s largest salt reserve, with an estimated 300 million tonnes of salt. The saline brine of the lake at certain lighting has an unusual, bright color. The lake is fed by subsurface geothermal springs.
Limestone chimneys of Lake Abbe
Thousands of limestone chimneys are arranged in rows and rise up to 50 m tall. These chimneys are formed by vents of volcanic steam and create an unusual landscape.
The largest forest in this area of Africa, the densest vegetated area in Djibouti. This isolated outlier of the Ethiopian montane forest contains several unique species, such as Djibouti francolin (Pternistis ochropectus, found also in the nearby Mabla Mountains), reptile Platyceps afarensis and other species. Dominant species – the East African juniper (Juniperus procera) that grows here up to 20 m high, forming a pure 3.5 km² large stand of single species.
Barogali elephant hunt site
Deposits of an ancient swamp with remnants of extinct elephant Elephas recki ileretensis that disappeared some 1.3 – 1.2 million years ago. Elephant was butchered by hominins who used diverse stone tools for hunting.
The site contains several thousand Neolithic petroglyphs, depicting humans, wildlife, hunting, and warfare. The oldest ones might be created around 3000 BC.
Site of prehistoric settlement. It is possible that it was developed by unexplored, indigenous culture.
Site with prehistoric cave paintings.
Ruins of a prehistoric settlement from the second millennium BC. Ruins include circular enclosures, rectangular platforms, and mounds.
Goubet Al-Kharab sea monster
According to local stories in the deep waters of this sea bay lives a monster.
Discover Djibouti as you have never seen it before. Whether you are a first-time traveler or an avid visitor of this region of the world, this book is the perfect guide for you. Read about all the amazing surprises you could find and all the must-see places. Included in this book is the information about The Lake Assal, The Mousa Ali, and everything in between.
For five millennia people have gathered along the shores of the Red Sea, but only in the past five decades have recreational divers delved beneath the waves. They flock here to explore the incredibly diverse underwater topography and marine life, as well as shipwrecks such as the Thistlegorm and the wrecks of Shahab Abu Nuhas.