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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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Sunday get away to Lac Assal

A must see destination. Apprx 2 hours from Djibouti city...depending on traffic. Majority of the time spent will be travel to and from this attraction. Colleagues from work... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must see destination. Apprx 2 hours from Djibouti city...depending on traffic. Majority of the time spent will be travel to and from this attraction. Colleagues from work decided to go to Lac Assal. The first part of the trip was a bit slow since there are A LOT of trucks on the main road. Until you get to a... More 

Thank ldjhns
Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lac Assal is the second saltiest lake in the world save for another in Antarctica. It has a fascinating color palette due to the salt content and is surrounded by an amazingly bizarre and beautiful volcanic landscape. Locals sell salt by the bag which make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook. Swimming in the lake is a... More 

Thank krspencer
La Spezia, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Together with my husband we decided to spend 7 days in November visiting Djibouti. Having a few days to plan the trip and knowing the difficulty of driving in the desert around lake Abbe we decided to contact Bambu Service Touristik. Daniel, the boss, was very fast in reply and professional in the coordination of the trip by e-mail. We... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent stop seeing this lowest point in Africa. Fairly close to the Gulf of Tadjourah. Salt has been collected here by the Afar for centuries. Now the Chinese are building considerable infrastructure and will be collecting vast quantity of this natural salt!!!

Thank TimJMeyer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Traveling to Djibouti, you must visit this place. It is unbelivable .The lake is 150 meters below sea level. The place is very hot +50 degrees Celsius on summer time!

Thank MurfreesboroTom37
Djibouti, Djibouti, Djibouti
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

***There is no restaurant here*** This was a great trip and I'm glad that I did it. The only reason that I didn't give it four stars, was because there is no infrastructure. There are a few vendors selling some animal skulls and other items covered in salt, but not a shop for buying drinks or food. Pack a lunch... More 

Thank Jamey A
Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

From Djibouti City the drive is about 2 hours. It is a wonderful drive out of the city into the country side. Along the way we saw monkeys and camels crossing the road, and always plenty of goats! Along the way there are wonderful sightseeing lookout points---always with vendors selling local merchandise. Once at the lake it was a little... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Did a tour with Bambuservice, 2D/1N touring basically Lac Assal and Lac Abbe with a Jeep shared among 3 tourists. 1 Driver + 1 guide. The guide was Daniel Jean. Great sights - I mean awesome!!!!! - to me among the wonders of the world and I have been to +80 countries. The tour was very well prepared and balanced.... More 

Thank 202Countries
Lugano, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

It's the 2nd lowest point on Earth after Dead Sea. I'd say it's not as salty but one can still easily float as long as you can find deeper area of the lake to get into. The water has a slightly sweet after taste after the saltiness is gone and it doesn't stink like Dead Sea's water because of all... More 

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