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What To Do On Your Holidays In Djibouti

May 14, 2008
Djibouti is a small country with very few natural resources and has only recently began to open its doors to tourism. It is not well known and many people don't know what to expect when holidaying here.

Djibouti was for centuries a lonely, desolate island. The main tourist attraction would have to be the volcanic plateaus. Djibouti is not picturesque at first glance, but it does posses an intriguing combination of French, African, and Arab influences. Djibouti lies in the north east of Africa on the Gulf of Aden on the southern entrance to the Red Sea. It borders Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia.

The known Maskali Island, where small Nemos will swim around you, is a known attraction in Djibouti. This is considered a paradise for divers. There are lots of bright colours inside the deep sea that vary from the corals to a variety of colourful fishes. The island itself is nothing but a treasure beneath the surface.

For sun worshippers Lake Assal is the place to go. It is an ideal location to lie in the baking summer sun and catch some rays. Lake Assal otherwise known as Salt Lake is a very impressive place. It is known to be a hauntingly silent salt lake with banks of pure-white gypsum. It is extremely hot here and you will experience the real summer heat. You can enjoy the natural landscape created by the abundant salt stone around the lake. The lake is suitable for those who want to enjoy the beach and the blazing hot summer sunshine.

Another must see attraction is the famous Lion of Judah. It is the Emperor Haile Sellasie's old railway engine. The railway was famous for operating luxury excursion tours on the Franco-Ethiopian Railway. It is regarded as the decades amazing railway renaissance. Built in the 1930s, this 482 mile line stretches from Addis Ababa, via Nazaret, the Rift Valley and Dire Dawa, to Djibouti, a French protectorate on the Gulf of Aden. It is an ideal location for a historic venue. The old fashioned railway is considered a real treasure in Djibouti.

The Gulf of Aden is a haven for diving and snorkelling. In the deepest parts, sea animal enthusiasts will love the ravishing schools of whales. The Gulf of Aden has a unique biodiversity that contains many varieties of fish, coral, sea birds, and invertebrates. This rich ecological diversity has benefited from the relative lack of pollution during the history of human habitation around the Gulf, but environmental groups fear that the lack of a coordinated effort to control pollution may jeopardize the Gulf's ecosphere

The other landmark attraction of the country is the magnificent Palace Kempinski. This is a first class hotel built with its first class design composed in vanilla coloured silhouette against the turquoise blue of the African sky and the deep Ocean. It is the best place to pamper yourself as it redefines luxury service in the Lands of Gods.
About the Author
Andrew Gibson is MD of Direct Holiday Bookings. It has holiday villas, ski chalets and self catering holiday apartments to rent on line as a holiday home rental. To see an example of holiday accommodation have a look at Holiday Accommodation
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