Djibouti Safari Tours & Holidays

Djibouti located on the Horn of Africa is a mostly French- and Arabic-speaking country of dry shrublands, volcanic formations and Gulf of Aden beaches, it’s home to one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, the low-lying Lake Assal, in the Danakil Desert. The nomadic Afar people have settlements along with Lake Abbe, a body of saltwater featuring chimney-like mineral formations.

How to get to Djibouti

The highly recommended means of getting to Djibouti is by air as the land borders are not pretty easy to go through.

By Air

Clients can fly into the Ambouli International Airport from France or Kenya being the easiest ways but travellers can still use daal lo airlines that fly from Dubai.

Passport, visa and Entry requirements

Visitors can apply for visas online at Djibouti eVisa. Visas applications can also be submitted directly to the Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti in Washington, D.C. Overseas inquiries should be made at the nearest Djiboutian embassy or consulate in your country

Passport with at least six months validity is required for visitors visiting Djibouti

The health sector of Djibouti

Djibouti has made significant progress in the health sector, particularly with regard to maternal and child health. Despite such progress, health service delivery and management capacity continue to limit the quality of care as well as service utilization. For travellers, this may be less service delivery but private hospitals in Djibouti are pretty good however travellers are advised to purchase medical insurance before travelling to Djibouti.

Malaria and Yellow fever vaccination

There is a vaccination against yellow fever. One dose of the vaccine provides lifelong immunization from yellow fever travellers travelling to Djibouti must ensure they have their card with them as they may ask for it upon arrival. There is currently no vaccine for malaria. Antimalarials can be taken if you are going to a place with high-risk

Currency of Djibouti

The Djibouti franc is the official currency of the Republic of Djibouti that was established in 1977 travellers can always travel with Euros and American dollars which can be exchanged in the main cities of Djibouti into the Djibouti francs.

The Djibouti Franc was established in 1977 as an official national currency and is used only in Djibouti

Official Language of Djibouti

Djibouti has two official languages: Arabic and French. That’s why, for instance, the French country name on Djibouti postage stamps (République de Djibouti) is always accompanied by its Arabic translation:

French is the main language for education in Djibouti, from primary school to university.

However, those are not the only languages widely spoken in Djibouti. According to reliable sources, the majority of the population speaks Somali (524,000 speakers) and Afar (306,000 speakers) as their first language, which are the mother tongues of their respective ethnic groups. Both Somali and Afar enjoy the status of “recognized national languages

Best time to travel to Djibouti

Djibouti has two seasons: a hot dry season from May to October and a cooler season from November to April. The best time to visit Djibouti is from Nov-March; it is too fiercely hot at other times of the year, with the weather heating up from April. During December, January and February expect highs of around 29°C, but in June, July and August temperatures routinely exceed 40°C. The sun shines pretty much year-round, even during winter, and the rainfall on the coast usually occurs from Nov-March (Djibouti City gets around 13cm of rain a year); further inland it falls April-Oct.

What to wear in Djibouti

The dress code in Djibouti is very flexible. Due to the hot weather, suits and ties are only reserved for high-level occasions, with business counterparts usually sporting only a shirt. Traditional wear can be observed as well and is the standard for women tourist are advised to wear appropriate clothing while in Public during Djibouti safaris.

What to bring while travelling in Djibouti

During your, Djibouti safaris Cash may be a key requirement for making payments for drinks, food and tips as opposed to using your card though some places may take the card it’s better to have cash and a small medical kit is very essential while travelling to Djibouti contact your doctor for what to pack or contact Wilderness explorers Africa and also bear mind your travelling to a country that is very hot.

Car hire and driving in Djibouti

You can take self-drive cars in Djibouti but bear in mind the following

  • Drive on the left side of the road.
  • The minimum driving age is 18 years old.
  • A seat belt is a must.
  • The child restraint is a must.
  • Hands-free is a must.
  • Drinking and driving are not tolerated!
  • The speed limit is 30 km/h in urban areas and 50 km in rural roads.
  • Do not drive at night. Driving conditions can be difficult.
  • Locals drive aggressively so be sure to drive defensively.

Accommodation in Djibouti

Best hotels are found in the capital Djibouti and the coastline however in the deserted areas there are basic accommodation facilities so while travelling to Djibouti for a safari don’t expect so much in terms of Accommodation during Djibouti safaris

Local food of Djibouti

Skudahkharis, or Djiboutian lamb stew

Skudahkharis is indisputably the national dish of Djibouti. Commonly prepared during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, it is made of rice, lamb and ayurvedic spices such as cardamom. It can also go well with chicken, beef or fish you can try this during Djibouti safaris.

Tipping while travelling in Djibouti

Tipping is considered customary in Djibouti, with tips in a restaurant or hotel usually being 10% for hotels and restaurants but for guides contact Wilderness Explorers Africa for further Guidance

Further information for Djibouti

If possible travellers advised booking safaris through a travel agent as bag packing or self-drive adventures may not be considered safe as some parts of the country are deserted and travellers may not be sure of the safety of those areas and considering its neighbouring countries are not safe too.

Safety of Djibouti

In general crime levels in Djibouti are relatively low, and not just in comparison to some of its immediate neighbours (think Somalia and Eritrea). That’s not to say that the country is crime-free, so you should always use your common sense and be particularly alert for pickpockets and theft in general.

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