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Address: Central region of Dijbouti, Djibouti

Lac Assal is 150m (492ft) below sea level, and is an aquatic wilderness...

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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Djibouti city tour and Lake Assal

I booked with Daniel a Djibouti city tour and an excursion to Lake Assal. I was extremely satisfied with both tours and with the respective guides. Daniel is also very friendly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2016
Lugano, Switzerland
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Lugano, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

I booked with Daniel a Djibouti city tour and an excursion to Lake Assal. I was extremely satisfied with both tours and with the respective guides. Daniel is also very friendly. To be recommended! Pietro Moggi, Lugano, Switzerland

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

This was very pricey to visit but well worth it. I managed to bargain a taxi down to $160 for the return trip - which I understand is much lower than standard prices. Otherwise - the lake is incredible, don't underestimate it! But it is hottttt. Bring lots of water!

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

What an amazing place. As an intrepid traveller, I'm always looking for new and adventurous places to visit and Dijbouti was a perfect fit. Daniel from Bambu Tourisk did a fantastic job of fitting everything I wanted and more into my itinerary in the limited time I had and adjusting the itinerary when mother nature decided to intervene with unseasonal... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The Lowest Point In Africa should be enough of an incentive to go. The main road to the lake has been upgraded by the Chinese. You can walk out into the water and float. It is so thick you cant sink. The white is not sea foam but salt. The drive is interesting. The road start out flat but go... More 

1 Thank jeffhail
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Nice trip to go to lake Assal, take your time to stop on the way, and don't forget to bring your own water, or cold beer even better. Not to visit on summer, unless you like to overcook yourself. The place is almost empty, only few sellers of handcrafts, and salt, dont forget to buy salt, perfect for cooking.you can... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

Bambu touristik organised the long tour of 30 days. Daniel is dishonest.Would not recommend him.Too many program changes.We payed guides but we got translators/bad english knovledge,no experience with tourists. Translator disapiered,had to pay new one...very very problematical tour.

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Deep South Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

If you are in Djibouti city, this place is well worth the 1.5 to 2 hour drive, not only to see the lake itself, but also to see the desert wilderness of the area along the way. The first half of the drive is no as scenic as when you turn off the main road to Ethiopia to head up... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016

I would recommend a visit to Lac Assal if you are planning to visit Djibouti. It is only about 1,5 hours drive from the capital city and the lake can be viewed from different sides and it is beautiful wherever you look at it.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

The scenery was awasome. The colors and clearness. dipping in and floating in the saltiest lake in the world was an experience. Not so deap, so need to walk a bit. Road works next to lake made is bit less attractive.

Thank iippa23
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

In the midst of winter it was still over 40 degrees and yet people live here all the year. The drive down here takes you past mini volcanoes whose lava fields seem to flow uphill, as the land has sunk since the flow erupted. The surrounding escarpments, with exposed, pale young rocks, also show how the land has sunk to... More 

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