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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, Outdoors
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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.
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Okinawa, Japan
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

If your ever visiting Djibouti, then this is a 'must do', and 'must see' trip...Geological phenomena, 155 meters below sea level...Take a swim in the lake, be sure to take fresh water to rinse the salt crystals off...Lowest point on the African continent, and is a marvel to visit.... !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Lake Assal, the best tourism spot of Djibouti is a crater lake & is an amazing get away from Djibouti city. The lake itself is a beautiful view and the whole "float on the water" adds much to it's appeal! The Ethiopian highways on which you travel gives you a unique perspective of the villages located far deeper into the... More

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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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Out Islands
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132 attraction reviews
420 helpful votes 420 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
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7 helpful votes 7 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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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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