Stunning Lakes to Visit in East Africa

Stunning Lakes to Tour in Djibouti

East Africa has some stunning lakes you can visit, when you visit countries like Djibouti.  These lakes leave you breathless with their picturesque locations.

Thinking of coming to stunning lakes in Africa, you might want to visit some of the lakes in Djibouti.

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The stunning lakes to see in Djibouti

Lake Abbe

Lake Abbe is also called Lake Abhe Bad, a salt lake that is situated on the Ethiopia-Djibouti border.

Lake Abbe is among the six connected lakes which are; lakes Laitali, Gargori, Gummare, Bario and Afambo. The Awash River flows into it.

The location of the lake is at the Afar Triple Junction, which is the central meeting place for the 3 pieces of the Earth’s crust that are pulling away from the central point at various speeds.

This is the great feature of the Afar Depression and leaves it among the stunning lakes in the country

The Mount Dama Ali , a dormant volcano at 1069m lies on the northwest shore, and there is extended vast salt flats on the southern shores.

The seasonal effluent that is characteristics of the lake, the two wadis called the Oleldere and Abuna Merekes beside the Awash enter the lake.

The presence of limestone chimneys is legendary around here. There are flamingos on the water and the Afar people live close to the shore.

Key attractions around these stunning lakes

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The Limestone Chimneys

The presence of the limestone chimneys around the lake is something to see.

A lot of tourists who come around this part of Djibouti are awed when they behold the magnificent of these natural structures.

The Flamingoes

It is not everywhere that you see these lovely pinkish creatures in Djibouti. The salty lake is suitable for the breeding of these birds and there are a lot of them on the lake.

Lake Assal

Lake Assal located in the western part of Tadjoura and one of the saltiest lakes on earth. The lake is among the stunning lakes you can find as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lake Assal is the largest salt reserve on earth and is considered a national treasure that is protected.

Lac Assal popularly referred to as Hell or Honey Lake is a crater lake located in the lowest point in Africa, in central-western Djibouti.

It sits at the western end of the Gulf of Tadjoura, at the top of the Great Rift Valley, and meeting the Dikhil Region. The distance from the capital Djibouti City is about 120 km.

The lake is the second-lowest land depression on Earth after the Dead Sea and the world’s largest salt reserve.

Lac Assal is a national treasure and protected under law No. 45/AN/04/5L of the National Environmental Action Plan, 2000.

There are two parts of the lake, the dry part due to the high evaporation of the waters, leaving a large expanse of salt and the second part, the saline water end.

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Things to see around these stunning lakes

Lake Ghoubbet

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Lake Ghoubbet is a small lake that is separated by the tiniest sliver of land from the ocean . It is a deep blue lake and one of the most beautiful lakes in Africa.

The history of Lac Assal started thousands of years ago when salt caravans started moving across the Danakil Depression, which is between Ethiopia and Djibouti.

French explorers Joseph Kessel and Henri Mondfried were the first people who across this lake in 1930 and had called the place  “death waters of Lac Assal” .

In 1937 , a man called Edgar Aubert de la Rüe and his wife started the mapping of French Somaliland currently Djibouti.

They were the ones who described this place as Hell because of the blistering sun and the graves of people scattered here apparently due to thirst. This lake is among the stunning lakes in Africa.

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In 1986, there was a recommendation to tourists by a French magazine; tourists should not drive on the salt crust and avoid swimming because there is no water to rinse off the salt afterward.

The French government sold the right to refine and export salt to Mr. Chefneux in 1893 for fifty years.

Salt extraction started on a semi-commercial level in 1988. Soon, the salt was called white gold because of its popularity.




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