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Uniques site, lowest point on continent of Africa

A very salty lake with large salt flats at the edges. On the drive from Djibouti city see... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2019
Waynesville, North Carolina

Lake Assal is a very salty lake in Djibouti Frankly I was expecting somewhat of a Dead Sea... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2019
Cancun, Mexico
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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...more
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Reviewed 12 February 2019

A very salty lake with large salt flats at the edges. On the drive from Djibouti city see mountains, canyons, Afar tribe settlements, etc. We also did a short camel ride on the salt beach which I would recommend for the experience. We were there...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank davidmG8821KD
Reviewed 30 January 2019 via mobile

Lake Assal is a very salty lake in Djibouti Frankly I was expecting somewhat of a Dead Sea experience, however the landscape and the sensation is totally different While technically saltier than the Dead Sea, lake Assal has a composition more like a normal ocean...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank oaxaca2
Reviewed 21 January 2019

Thus is truly a unique experience and not one to be missed if you are in Djibouti. There are a few good views along the way there from Djibouti City, but the main attraction is the lake with its bed of salt, warm water, and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Lesly D
Reviewed 16 January 2019 via mobile

The trip to Lac Assal is one of the places where i want to visit again and again. The views and sceneries are beautiful and not seen before. The natural salt crystals are so shinning and water so clean.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

When I visited it a few days ago, Lac Assal was not emerald and green but brown and grey. The guide said the new factory started emitting chemical waste into the lake a week or two ago. If it continues, I would have second thought...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 26 December 2018 via mobile

It is a couple of hours away from Djibouti City and no other sights or infrastructure on the way, but still worth it. Cool and beautiful lowest point in Africa.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ETWTraveller
Reviewed 24 December 2018

Lake Assal is a crater lake in the Danakil Desert in central Djibouti. Dormant volcanoes and black lava fields back its emerald water. More than 150m below sea level, it’s the lowest point in Africa and the 3rd lowest place on Earth. The wet section...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mariahfat
Reviewed 5 December 2018

A must see in Djibouti! Shallow lake that feels deserted...easy to float in - very cool experience. Locals sell salt-crusted skulls if you are looking for a unique souvenier.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank tryingtoseetheworld
Reviewed 2 December 2018

Come for sunset, the light of the lake and surrounding mountains is breathtaking. What a sight this lowest point in Africa is, amazing.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cariocaseb
Reviewed 25 November 2018

Place is amazing, trip is not great value. Not possible to swim. Wear shoes that you can wear while paddling as the salt is very sharp.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Madeleine H
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Response from davidmG8821KD | Reviewed this property |
We did not see any taxis or public transit out that way. We arranged a car/driver through the tourist office in the center of town. For 6 of us was $300 for the day which included a short camel ride at the lake.
29 June 2018|
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Response from 842glennk | Reviewed this property |
Be wary of using this type service.. usual is a scam. Most hotels will aid in getting a tour with a respectable company.
4 May 2018|
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I hope it not toooooo late :) bambutour Great experience