Tourism in Djibouti

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The town of Ali Sabieh, with the Red Mountains in the distance

Tourist in Djibouti is an industry that generates 40,000 and 50,000 arrivals per year, with its favorable beaches and climate and also include islands and beaches in the Gulf of Tadjoura and the Bab al-Mandab.[1]


At Goubbet al Kharab, near the western end of the Gulf of Tadjoura, there are steep cliffs and a bay that was turned dark green by black lava. A number of active volcanoes are located inland from here. Another popular tourist attraction is the Day Forest National Park for conserving rare trees on Mount Goda. Near the town of Ali Sabieh are famously red mountains and a national park full of many gazelles.[1]

The coastal plains, mountain ranges, and volcanic plateaus of the country make a picturesque sight. Some popular local attractions include the Presidential Palace, the Central Market, Maskali Islands, Moucha Island, Lake Abbe and Lake Assal.

The Aquarium Tropical de Djibouti is also worth paying a visit while on a tour to Djibouti. It is supposed to be a haven for the marine treasures of the Red Sea. Djibouti's beaches are another major attraction due to their exotic location. The vast expanse of the sandy beaches along the sea coast is a popular holiday destination for families. The best time to visit Djibouti is any time between November - mid-April, as at this time the weather is quite pleasant and is perfect for a leisure trip.

Regulations and costs[edit]

Passports and visas are required for travel in Djibouti. In 1998, roughly 21,000 tourists visited Djibouti. The US government estimated the average cost of staying per day in Djibouti City in 2001 at $229, depending upon the quality of hotels. This is compared to overnight stays in other areas, however, sometimes as low as $80.[1]


Djibouti has a number of local attractions, consisting of historical sites, beaches, mountain ranges.

Historical sites[edit]

  • Tadjoura – Korijib is one of the oldest mosques in the Horn of Africa.
  • Djibouti City – The Grand Mosque of Hamoudi.
  • Loyada – Beach and palm grove, with the tombs of important historical leaders in the region.


The Khor Ambado beachside.
  • Siesta Beach – Djibouti City
  • Red Sea Beach – Near Obock
  • Khor Ambado – Near Djibouti City
  • Le Sable Blanc – Tadjoura
  • Doraleh Beach – Near Djibouti City
  • Heron Beach – Djibouti City

Mountain ranges[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Djibouti: Tourism, travel, and recreation". Nations Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-06-05.