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“Lake Abbé Djibouti”
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Lake Abbe
Ranked #6 of 13 things to do in Djibouti
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Owner description: 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 fumaroles) formed by escaping underground steam dot the foreshore. The town of Dikhil, where the sealed road runs out, is a good starting point for 4WD expeditions.
Reviewed May 5, 2013

We took a long drive to Lake Abbé approximately 5 hours.
Lake Abbé is an ancient lake around 6000 years old. It is a huge depression about 350 sq kms
The landscape is marked by calcareous chimneys, former marine fumaroles.
It Is a fantastic sight. We arrived the before sunset. We were told the first 'planet of the apes 'was filmed there. The terrain certainly lends itself to that kind of movie.
Overnight we stayed at the Osbolleh camp. This was a very basic camp and certainly the wrong time of the year to be there, very hot had full of mosquitoes. However they tried hard for us. Food was ok.

3  Thank Helen N
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

We hired a local guide, a driver and a 4x4 car for 2 days to go to Lake Abbé from Djibouti City. We started in the morning and had lunch at Dikhil. The ride got quite dusty and rough after leaving the good road off Dikhil. Overall, it took about 5 - 6 hours of driving to get to the weird chimneys by the lake. It was cool to walk around the chimneys. The guide showed us where there were hot springs with steam coming out of the ground. There were so many different ways to see the chimneys and the lake, from high up/far away to being up close by hiking around them. Sunset and sunrise were really cool too. We stayed one night at the As Bolé camp, which had cold water showers and toilets. The camp also served us dinner and breakfast. Some people brought their own food to cook there.

We were told that the first "Planet of the Apes" movie was filmed here. The next day we left after breakfast to drive to Lake Assal before being back in Djibouti City in the evening.

6  Thank Becky0222
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Reviewed February 24, 2017
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Reviewed February 18, 2017
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Reviewed January 21, 2017
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