PLACE: Lake Assal
LOCATION: Djibouti, East Africa
NOTORIOUS: Salty Lake
NEAREST AIRPORT: JIB, Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport (1. 5 hour drive)
COORDINATES: 11.6000° N, 42.4000° E
CURRENCY: Djiboutian Franc
Lake Assal is Africa’s lowest point (512 ft below sea level) and the saltiest lake outside of Antarctica. The nearby volcano, Ardoukoba, last erupted in 1978 making up the ground that most of these salt pans rest. This area is plagued by intense heat and strong winds so come prepared.
You’ll need to rent a car or ask someone to drive to get you here. Apparently the ride is pretty rough because the roads are fucked by the truck traffic from shipping between Djibouti and Ethiopia. Salt from this lake can be found all over Ethiopia in many different forms. The blogs keep saying, expect to be ‘awe-struck’ <– that sounds like my kind of trip.
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