Destination Information for Djibouti
The tiny country of Djibouti lies on the coast of East Africa, and it’s recently been touted as ‘Africa’s hottest new travel destination’. It’s situated on the point where three tectonic plates meet, and this makes for an unusual and extremely beautiful landscape. The coastal plain with its stunning blue seas and skies is contrasted with a dry, arid land of extinct volcanoes and mountainous plateaus.
The summer months are extremely hot and humid, although a breeze blowing in from the Red Sea makes life more pleasant in the country’s capital, the city of Djibouti. Although the country is relatively undeveloped in terms of tourism, it’s a big draw for adventure-seekers, thanks to the adrenaline-pumping sports and activities on offer. Snorkel with whale sharks in the Gulf of Tadjoura, trek on the dormant Ardoukoba volcano and get involved in the abundant opportunities for hiking, diving and kitesurfing.
Lake Abhe, on the border with Ethiopia, was used as the landscape for the ‘Forbidden Zone’ in Planet of the Apes, and it’s this other-worldliness which makes Djibouti so special. You’ll find it a more satisfying (and cost-effective) experience to visit bars and restaurants frequented by locals, rather than the marked-up tourist traps in the capital. The people of Djibouti are welcoming, and you will truly be sampling a different kind of African lifestyle to other, more popular, tourist destinations.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the entire country and anti-malarial medication is recommended.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.
There is no British embassy in Djibouti. Please contact the FCO for advice.