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Lake Assal

Central region of Dijbouti, Djibouti
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Djibouti
Type: Bodies of Water
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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 known locally as 'the pit of demons', then pass a stark, apocalyptic volcanic neck separating the two lakes. « less
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Tokyo
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102 reviews 102 reviews
17 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is an averaged rating for a trip to Lac Assal and Lac Abbe for both Lac Assal and Lac Abbe, 5 stars; for Bambu Tours (management), 5 stars; for the guide 1 star. These lakes are both unique geological phenomena, fascinating to visit. Lac Abbe is an atmospheric dried up lake-bed with chimney fumaroles. There is some water left... More

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Earth, Texas
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120 attraction reviews
393 helpful votes 393 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

This beat my high expectations and you must do the visit. Sure, its ultra hot in summer, so maybe this recommendation is only good for February and winter times... The trip gives you a good impression of the shanty towns outside of the Djibouti City center - as our guide explained, these folks are all ex nomads so for them... More

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Awasa, Ethiopia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Lake Assal is a crater lake in central-western Djibouti. 155 meter below sea level. More saline than the dead sea.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We visited lake Assal while on a cruise last November ! This place is even more attractive than the way it is described in the reviews ! You feel that you are in a different world ! We took an excursion from the cruise line and from the start , it is easy to notice that Djibouti is in the... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Being a small country, there are really not many attractions, but the lake assal is just truly amazing for someone. like me, who has never seen and feel a saline lake. The view and the feel of how great mother nature is, is worth the 1.5~2 hours ride to the attraction. You can taste the salty water and also have... More

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

During my trip to Djibouti I ventured into the Danakil Depresion and visited the Lake Assal. It was worth the hassle to get there. Lac Assal is the lowest point in the African continent -155 m. from sea level, and a nature wonder. After my visit I dropped a few lines. Feel free to read and comment: http://footshark.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/timeless-lake-assal-in-djibouti/ Cheers,

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Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, French Guiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

An incredible Salt White Beach. 147m Under the sea, a terrific climate condition. Don't go alone in This place: expect two 4x4 cars and many water. I saw japaneeses people swim in the Salt Lake! (You need clear water to take a shower after; because the water Lake is too salted) Carreful: This is a place for adventurer! With extreme... More

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Ronneby, Sweden
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249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

The choice of sights in Djibouti are limited in my opinion, so Africa's lowest point will be a "must see". However, it is not only because of lack of choices, the drive there is interesting and floating in the sea is fun. A couple of hints: 1. Get a good car for the 2, 5h drive and load up on... More

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Carlentini, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Lake Assal is the lowest point in Africa (third lowest in the world), and the water is the saltiest in Africa (10 times as salty as the ocean, and the second saltiest in the world). This place is absolutely magnificent, and a must see when in Djibouti.

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Top Contributor
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27 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

It's less than 2-hour drive on pretty good road (till you get near the lake) from Djibouti City to Lake Assal. The scenery along the way was nice. But I think we spent too much time at the nearby canyon viewpoints and not enough time at Lake Assal itself. We were fascinated by the different colors of the highly saline... More

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