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Lake Assal, Djibouti

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Dip your feet in the salty waters of Lake Assal, a crater lake situated at the top of the Great Rift Valley in the Danakil Desert. Although rich in minerals, the lake water does not support any life other than bacteria. Still, salt collection here--in the world's largest natural salt deposit--provides an income for local farmers. One of the hottest places on earth, the underground of the lake continuously evaporates, creating ever more layers of solid salt bed, over which you can even drive a car. Gaze at the surreal, sunken landscapes with scant thorny bushes, camels, lizards, small birds, and insects. Using our online itinerary creator, Djibouti attractions like Lake Assal can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • very gorgeous place, excellent views, nice breeze and fantastics pictures. salty lake with sharp crystals. make sure you have good footwear in the lake.  more »
  • when you stand on view point of lake assal you can see how beautiful it's ,lake assal is also one of the most visited place in africa .  more »
  • It may be a long drive from the city, and not a pleasant one at that, but well worth the effort. Go before the world truly discovers one of its hidden wonders  more »
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  • Very interesting salt lake on a very remote location. Basically there is nothing around. It can get very windy and very hot. So be prepared, bring an ice box full of water, drinks and food. Prefer to go there early in the morning to avoid the heat. Enjoy the view and water, it is magical.
  • Mystery in the mist... A place where an airplane can fly at minus sea level by about 150 meters. It is a unique ecosystem where amazing people continue to live out of the salt trade and under extreme conditions. Caravans from the lake are sent to the highlands in Ethiopia, all the way to the Tigrai region. It merits a visit before the impact of rapid economic developments alter its beauty.
  • A unique salt lake and very remote. Very nice view but can be very hot.
  • Very impressive place! So beautiful! But no place to hide from the wind and sun. No place to eat or drink at least water. Totally wild
  • One of the most stunning places I have ever seen. A white salty coast and crystal clear turquoise water. Simply amazing!!! 💞
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