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After six hours of travel from Djibouti City, half of it on dirt tracks passable only by a Land... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Absolutely loved my trip to Lake Abbe. The journey there is not the most interesting, but once you... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2018
Doha, Qatar
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You can only reach Lac Abbé by 4WD, and you'll need to hire a guide and set aside two days to do it. In the far south-west of the country on the border with Ethiopia, Lac Abbé is the dawn gathering place for flamingoes. Weird natural chimneys (or...more
Far southwest corner of Dijbouti | On the border with Ethiopia, Djibouti
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Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

After six hours of travel from Djibouti City, half of it on dirt tracks passable only by a Land Cruiser or similar vehicle, one would hope there is something to see. Although November is not flamingo season at Lake Abbe, the geology is unique and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rob88888
Reviewed 17 June 2018

Absolutely loved my trip to Lake Abbe. The journey there is not the most interesting, but once you catch first sight of those chimneys it really picks up in terms of the scenery. Its a very odd landscape and it was fantastic to see. The...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank bkerr1980
Reviewed 22 February 2018

The Good: Lac Abbe and the chimneys and the sights along the way on the looong offroad drive. The views of the nomad children returning home with their goats and donkeys and camels in sunset against the backdrop of steaming limestone chimneys and hot springs.....More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Biztraveller30
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We went here in July 2017 as part of a package tour. The temperature was around 45 degrees C. The camp itself was nice enough with huts for travelers. It takes around 3 hours off road to get to this location. On the way you...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank 241mcf
Reviewed 5 December 2016

We left Djibouti very early in the morning to reach lake Abbe. Four hours were necessary, two of them in a poor visible track in the desert where we have seen some gerenuk Litocranius walleri and several dorcas gazelle Gazella Dorcas. Before to reach the...More

Date of experience: November 2016
6  Thank bluebay06
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Landscape of another world. The chimneys in stark contrast to the surrounding desert seem almost surreal. We spent the night in the campground to enjoy the sunset and following morning sunrise. Wow! We were told "Return of the Planet of the Apes " was filmed...More

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank TimJMeyer
Reviewed 17 February 2016

I have seen many beautiful sunsets in so many different places but, the sunset in Lake was unforgettable, where I was surrounded only by my partner, silence and the stunning natural limestone chimneys, there are a work of art. The whole experience was amazing, from...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

It's great place to see. The lake, chymneys, flamingoes, scenery etc. You also get picture of the nomad lifestyle and culture. Nice to stay close to lake in nomad family's place. Bit of a drive from Djibouti city, but worth it!

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank iippa23
Reviewed 12 November 2015

A visit to lac Abbé is a must in Djibouti! It is an amazing place and you should stay the night there in the Afar huts to enjoy the sunset and sunrise! Go on a full moon and you will not need a flashlight. We...More

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank pascalebratislava
Reviewed 25 December 2014

Worth the bumpy road to see such amazing geothermal topography! Stayed the night in a "local" hut which was an experience that went along with a wonderful two days. East to explore on your own, but best to have a native do the driving. If...More

Date of experience: November 2014
2  Thank jettag1950
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