Cheap Flights to Djibouti
Flights to Djibouti
Located on the middle of the Horn of Africa, Djibouti lies in a strategic position for those who want to enter the continent. This, however, makes the country easy to overlook, as it has the Gulf of Aden at its front with bordering countries on almost all sides. Its small size, though, belies the number of adventures that tourists will experience here. The country offers a long list of enjoyable activities from the nightlife to mountain hiking.
This eastern African country has various roots tracing back to Egypt and Somalia. In antiquity, it was said that Djibouti was the land of the Punt who regularly trade gold, ivory, ebony, and other precious minerals with Egyptians. Foreign encroachment, on the other hand, began the late 19th century, which brought about the connection with Somalia. Through the years, Djibouti became a nominal part of the French Somaliland until it gained back its independence in 1977. Today, the country is a relatively peaceful destination unlike some of its conflict-ridden neighbors. This makes it one of the best places in Africa with a high potential for tourism.
Many people think of Djibouti as a desert plain where the way of life is basic and primitive. This is a huge misconception of the country, as it features an active night scene and various other tourist attractions. Tourists should see this for themselves when they visit the capital city at night and marvel at the sights.
Djibouti City, the country's urban region, is mainly divided into two quarters – the African and European quarters. The African side of the city will let visitors get a taste of the local cuisine, interact with the community, and shop in various budget-friendly locales. The European quarter, on the other hand, offers international cuisines, and many bars and clubs for those who'd like to unwind.
After sightseeing in the city, it's time to challenge companions for a hiking trip. This African country features a wide range of topographical sights starting with Lac Abbe which can be seen across the border of Ethiopia. The unique look of the place contributes to an other-worldly effect. It's also the site of a dormant volcano and limestone chimneys with a height of 50 meters. The top spouts steam can make a strange yet pleasing spectacle. Tourists are advised to have an experienced guide that can ensure the security.
For those who want to explore other nature spots in the country, the Goda Mountains await. Hikers will find there the Foret du Day National Park that offers a wide range of opportunities to explore. The environment, however, is under threat from continuous deforestation, which inadvertently shows how important it is to care for the remaining green spaces of this African country.
How to get around within Djibouti
Travelers going to Djibouti will find the public transportation lacking. This makes it essential to hire a 4WD to get from one place to another. For those who'd like to stick with public transport, buses are available only to Ali Sabieh, Dikhil, Tadjoura, and Galafi. There's also a train putting Djibouti City and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia within reach of each other. Many stops come in between these two, which widens the accessibility to various spots. Those traveling by water will also find it an advantage. Speedboats and dhows going to Obock and Tadjoura can be found in Djibouti City.
How to get to Djibouti
Going to Djibouti is possible via air travel to Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. Airlines coming from some parts of Africa and Middle East go here, such as Daalto Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Felix Airways, flydubai, Jubba Airways, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, and Yemenia. Those coming from Europe and North America can book flights with Air France and Turkish Airlines to arrive in Djibouti.
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