Blogs from Djibouti, Africa


Africa » Djibouti » East » Tadjoura January 28th 2020

Our last day is what I was greatly looking forward to. After we had left the interior and returned to Djibouti City again, with another stop at the Casino supermarket, we went to a hotel for our last night. Finally - a shower!!! S and I shared a room - she got the big bed, so I got to shower first. I washed my hair three times; it was still crusted in salt from the day before. Everyone else went out for dinner that night in town, but I just decided to stay in - I was not feeling well and was exhausted. I did not want to be stuck in town having to wait on a ride if I wanted to come back early, so I had a dinner of granola bar. We had all ... read more
The only whale shark we got to see....
No whale sharks?  Need a beer
New snorkel selfie

Africa » Djibouti » East » Tadjoura January 27th 2020

We woke up on the shores of Lac Assal, wind beaten but ready for our next adventure. While we waited for another breakfast of bread and coffee (I grabbed one of my granola bars), some of our group talked to the local people who had set up our camp and made our dinner. One of them was a young girl, 8, and her father lamented that she was getting old and needed to be married off by the time she was 9 before she was too old. It breaks my heart that there is still child marriage - her childhood would soon be over forever. The city seems to be a bit more advanced, but the rural areas still practice these old customs, and many have little if any access to formal education. After taking some ... read more
Djibouti hike day 3 tree
Djibouti hike day 3
Steaming crack from active volcanic area

Africa » Djibouti » North January 26th 2020

So, after our lunch stop during our road trip to Lac Assal, my friends and I really enjoyed our time on the road. So, I don't remember a whole bunch about the ride. We made a couple of stops, including me apparently purchasing some obsidian and geodes on a roadside stand from some kids (who I do remember). We ended up in a wide wadi area where we were to stay for the night. While our guides unpacked and set up for dinner with some local guides, we stretched our legs and explored a bit. We sat at the dinner table and waited a long, long time for dinner. By then, I really was not hungry and it was a fish stew which was not very appetizing to me, so I had a granola bar. But ... read more
Hiking to Lac Assal
Floating in salty Lac Assal
Lake Assal

Africa » Djibouti » South » Dikhil January 24th 2020

The local adventure travel group I typically use was offering a 5-day trip to Djibouti: Moonscapes and Whale Sharks. Of course I was on board when my co-worker said I should go. We had an early morning flight on Ethiopian Airlines, meeting up before boarding. We had a tight layover, but made it to the gate in time (unlike the Madagascar trip). The flight to Djibouti was a little over an hour and lots of military type guys on the plane as there are a few bases in Djibouti. Immigration was not too bad, we got our bags, and met our guide, Abdullah. We had two old land cruisers for the next few days and I rode with my two friends, B and S as well as an Italian guy, M. Our first stop was, Casino, ... read more
Ostrich sighting!
Thermal springs

Africa » Djibouti » North January 25th 2017

Djibouti: Djibouti Day and Night 1 2017 Red Sea Swimming, Djibouti 1 2017 1-15-17 Djibouti Toi nho taxi dua toi di den nhung noi ma toi muon di nhu Lake Abbe, Ali Sabieh, Lake Assal. Nhung khong taxi nao di duoc vi can xe 4X4 car di tren duong go ghe. Toi nho tour guide nhung cuoi cung di khong duoc va toi dinh se di ngay hom sau. O day khong co tour office. Toi di bo khap thu do ma chi thay mot tour office va ho tinh di 2 ngay 2 lake Abbe va Assal la 385 dola /nguoi. Toi thay rat it du khach. Toi di het ngay ma chi thay 2 nguoi da trang. O Kenya toi thay rat nhieu. Toi di Lake khong duoc toi muon taxi di quanh thanh ... read more

Africa » Djibouti » North January 25th 2017

Somaliland Somalia Village 1 2017 1-16-2017 Somalia Somalia la su kinh hoang cua the gioi. Sung dan, bat coc, chien tranh giua cac phe phai. Tu nam 1991 nuoc Somalia van duoc coi la mot nuoc duy nhat mac dau no bao gom Somalia nam phia nam, Somaliland nam o phia tay bac va Punland nam o Dong Bac. Trong su nao loan nay nuoc Somaliland duoc hinh thanh. Tro lai lich su nhung the ky truoc Nguoi Somalia song em dem o mien cao nguyen cua nuoc Ethiopia va co su anh huong sau dam nen van hoa Arap tu the ky thu 7. Vung nay tiep nhan su giao thuong voi khoi Arap . Cho den the ky 19 vung cao nguyen nay la vung sa mac Ogaden dat duoi su cai quang cua ... read more

Africa » Djibouti » East » Djibouti City November 10th 2016

Litter was everywhere. It was as if a dumper truck had simply spewed its contents into the street. Random men were lazing about in whatever shade they could find – inside doorways, under trees, besides walls – all of them chewing khat, the ubiquitous drug of choice for men along the horn of Africa. For thousands of years, from the wilds of Yemen to the northern reaches of Kenya, millions of East African men (and sometimes women) had been chewing away on lumps of green leaves to get their stimulation. From what I could see, the men of Djibouti loved it, for all were munching away on the government-approved euphoria, cheeks bulging, teeth stained green. Every morning, fresh lorry loads arrived from neighbouring Ethiopia, which was then distributed among local khat sellers, who sold ... read more

Africa » Djibouti January 20th 2016

There was a video doing the rounds on social media a couple of months ago of a scuba diver in a lake in Iceland diving the gap between the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates. Well that’s not the only place you can squeeze yourself between continents. Djibouti is the triple junction of the African, Somali and Arabian plates and in the Bay of Ghoubbert, as long as you are quite skinny, you can get a hand on Africa, another on Arabia, and push the continents apart. It was a different and equally undiscovered underwater attraction that brought me here originally. I’ve snorkelled with whale sharks once before in Mexico, and as magical as the few minutes were when it was only me and the giant fish, soon about a dozen boats showed up and ... read more
Ethiopia's Port
Djibouti Coast

Africa » Djibouti May 14th 2014

Murray went to check on the camps receiving Somali refugees escaping conflict in their home country.... read more
Dial a donkey, water home delivery service, Ali Adde
Local hand dug well, Ali Adde
Ali Adde camp

Africa » Djibouti » East » Djibouti City February 17th 2013

Hereare a few pictures of Dubai. Most are from a bus tour that I took which included a Dhow (pronounced “dow”) ride on the Dubai canal, a tour of the Dubai museum and a walking tour through the souks. The canal is in the old part of the city near Bastakiya. Dhows still bring goods into the canal form the Persian Gulf to trade. They unload right on the docks and leave them there until the people who have shops in the souks come and get them. Souk means market. There are textile souks and gold souks and spice souks, etc. The dhows line up three or four deep on each side of the canal. Apparently there are stiff penalties for stealing the products so no one bothers them. Crime is very rare in Dubai. I ... read more

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