Lake Assal in Djibouti, one day trip from the Djibouti city to the lake and back

We rented this vehicle on the Menelik square in Djibouti
We rented this vehicle on the Menelik square in Djibouti.
Charming woman at a place where we rented the automobile
Charming woman at a place where we rented the automobile.
Spectacular woman dressed in the colorful clothes
Spectacular woman dressed in the colorful clothes.
In the beginning of our trip we drive through the narrow streets of Djibouti
In the beginning of our trip we drive through the narrow streets of Djibouti.
Two women walk beside the L'Elixir perfumery
Two women walk beside the L'Elixir perfumery.
Three women at the door of the shop
Three women at the door of the shop.
Lovely woman greets me
Lovely woman greets me.
Vendors are hiding from me with the smiles on their faces
Vendors are hiding from me with the smiles on their faces.
Vendor covered her face by the blue khimar
Vendor covered her face by the blue khimar.
I guess that this district of Djibouti is a slum
I guess that this district of Djibouti is a slum.
Roadside shops on the outskirts of Djibouti
Roadside shops on the outskirts of Djibouti.
Automobile dashboard partial view inside our taxi to the lake
Automobile dashboard partial view inside our taxi to the lake.
Lonely tree in a brick-colored desert
Lonely tree in a brick-colored desert.
Children playing soccer
Children playing soccer.
One of the villages on our way to the lake
One of the villages on our way to the lake.
You can notice the Djibouti map on the wall of shop
You can notice the Djibouti map on the wall of shop.
Inscription on the hill reads “Allah al Akbar” which translates into “Allah is the greatest”
Inscription on the hill reads “Allah al Akbar” which translates into “Allah is the greatest”.
Inscription on the hill means the Djiboutian Air Force (Force Aerienne Djiboutienne, FAD)
Inscription on the hill means the Djiboutian Air Force (Force Aerienne Djiboutienne, FAD).
Djibouti military at Bat Hill 2 in Arta
Djibouti military at Bat Hill 2 in Arta.
Camel in the nomad village
Camel in the nomad village.
Mountainous landscape
Mountainous landscape.
Lake Ghoubet
Lake Ghoubet.
Blue water of lake Ghoubet
Blue water of lake Ghoubet.
Lake Ghoubet is surrounded by mountains
Lake Ghoubet is surrounded by mountains.
Geographic coordinates of lake Ghoubet are 11.528333, 42.603333
Geographic coordinates of lake Ghoubet are 11°31'42.0''N 42°36'12.0''E.
I'm on a background of lake Ghoubet
I'm on a background of lake Ghoubet.
View on lake Ghoubet in the direction of the Gulf of Tadjoura
View on lake Ghoubet in the direction of the Gulf of Tadjoura.
Memorial tablet is dedicated to Bernard Borel
Memorial tablet is dedicated to Bernard Borel.
Two islands
Two islands.
Marvellous landscape of lake Ghoubet
Marvellous landscape of lake Ghoubet.
Devil's islands in lake Ghoubet with magnification
Devil's islands in lake Ghoubet with magnification.
Viewing platform of lake Ghoubet has a small gift shop on the open air
Viewing platform of lake Ghoubet has a small gift shop on the open air.
This photograph of Lake Assal was made while driving a car
This photograph of Lake Assal was made while driving a car.
Do you see Lake Assal in the distance?
Do you see Lake Assal in the distance?
This good village with kind people is located near Lake Assal
This good village with kind people is located near Lake Assal.
Children of the village greet me
Children of the village greet me.
Little girl is waving to me standing on the tire
Little girl is waving to me standing on the tire.
Village house built from a system of metal plates
Village house built from a system of metal plates.
Lake Assal is a crater lake in central-western Djibouti
Lake Assal is a crater lake in central-western Djibouti.
Lake Assal is located at the western end of Gulf of Tadjoura
Lake Assal is located at the western end of Gulf of Tadjoura.
Lake Assal is a saline lake which lies 155 m (509 ft) below sea level in the Afar Triangle
Lake Assal is a saline lake which lies 155 m (509 ft) below sea level in the Afar Triangle.
Lake Assal is the most saline lake in the world after Lake Don Juan in Antarctica
Lake Assal is the most saline lake in the world after Lake Don Juan in Antarctica.
These hills surround Lake Assal
These hills surround Lake Assal.
Due to high evaporation, the salinity level of the lake water is 10 times more than of the sea
Due to high evaporation, the salinity level of the lake water is 10 times more than of the sea.
It takes about 2 hours to reach here from the capital of Djibouti
It takes about 2 hours to reach here from the capital of Djibouti.
This place is a must-see destination for all the tourists
This place is a must-see destination for all the tourists.
Lake Assal is located in the middle of Djibouti
Lake Assal is located in the middle of Djibouti.
Lake Assal is located in a closed depression at the northern end of the Great Rift Valley
Lake Assal is located in a closed depression at the northern end of the Great Rift Valley.
The lake lies at an altitude of 155 m (509 ft) below sea level, making it the lowest point of Africa
The lake lies at an altitude of 155 m (509 ft) below sea level, making it the lowest point of Africa.
At least 5 liters of fresh water per person is required if you want to swim in the salty water
At least 5 liters of fresh water per person is required if you want to swim in the salty water.
Basalt rocks tell us about the volcanic nature of these places
Basalt rocks tell us about the volcanic nature of these places.
Lake Assal is a worthwhile day trip from Djibouti
Lake Assal is a worthwhile day trip from Djibouti.
I'm on a background of Lake Assal
I'm on a background of Lake Assal.
Lake Assal area is proposed to be developed as a tourist attraction
Lake Assal area is proposed to be developed as a tourist attraction.
Black hill and white shore
Black hill and white shore.
Our driver stands beside his vehicle
Our driver stands beside his vehicle.
We had rented this stylish Volvo microbus for US$200
We had rented this stylish Volvo microbus for US$200.
Me and the driver of stylish microbus
Me and the driver of stylish microbus.
Grey wide spots on the surface of the lake
Grey wide spots on the surface of the lake.
Lunar landscape
Lunar landscape.
No living creatures can be seen in the extremely salty water of the lake
No living creatures can be seen in the extremely salty water of the lake.
Beautiful mountainous landscape of the lake
Beautiful mountainous landscape of the lake.
Black color of the hill reminds us about the volcanic nature of this area
Black color of the hill reminds us about the volcanic nature of this area.
Colors of the ground surface
Colors of the ground surface.
Road was built very close to the shore of lake
Road was built very close to the shore of lake.
Lake Assal literally means “Honey lake”
Lake Assal literally means “Honey lake”.
Lake is considered a national treasure
Lake is considered a national treasure.
Intense heat and strong winds fuel rapid evaporation, leaving a ring of minerals around the lake's shore
Intense heat and strong winds fuel rapid evaporation, leaving a ring of minerals around the lake's shore.
Cracked surface of the shore
Cracked surface of the shore.
The Government of Djibouti has initiated a proposal with UNESCO to declare the Lake Assal zone as a World Heritage Site
The Government of Djibouti has initiated a proposal with UNESCO to declare the Lake Assal zone as a World Heritage Site.
Small island in the lake
Small island in the lake.
Salt crust at the edge of water
Salt crust at the edge of water.
Located in the hot desert, the lake experiences summer temperatures as high as 52°C (126°F) from May to September
Located in the hot desert, the lake experiences summer temperatures as high as 52°C (126°F) from May to September.
Strong, dry, hot winds are part of the environment
Strong, dry, hot winds are part of the environment.
Snow-white salt crust
Snow-white salt crust.
Water temperature of the lake reaches 33-34°C
Water temperature of the lake reaches 33-34°C.
Diaphanous water of the lake
Diaphanous water of the lake.
Lake water maintains an equilibrium between the hot spring and evaporation rate
Lake water maintains an equilibrium between the hot spring and evaporation rate.
You can notice a wonderful beach in the distance
You can notice a wonderful beach in the distance.
Wonderful salt formation on the shore
Wonderful salt formation on the shore.
Incredible salt formation of snow-white color
Incredible salt formation of snow-white color.
You can observe naturally formed minerals on this rock
You can observe naturally formed minerals on this rock.
Crystalline solid substances on the shore
Crystalline solid substances on the shore.
You may notice a car in the distance
You may notice a car in the distance.
Few tourists on the shore
Few tourists on the shore.
Salt production started on a semi-industrial scale at Lake Assal in 1998
Salt production started on a semi-industrial scale at Lake Assal in 1998.
Lake Assal is a volcanic lake
Lake Assal is a volcanic lake.
Thickly saline water body
Thickly saline water body.
Lake Assal is a vast area of white and emerald surfaces
Lake Assal is a vast area of white and emerald surfaces.
We were fascinated by the different colors of the highly saline water from different view points
We were fascinated by the different colors of the highly saline water from different view points.
Marvellous beach of emerald color is the highlight of lake
Marvellous beach of emerald color is the highlight of lake.
Lake water colour changes in the duration of the day, at times appearing in fluorescent colours
Lake water colour changes in the duration of the day, at times appearing in fluorescent colours.
It was really cool to walk on the snow-white crystallised salt surface!
It was really cool to walk on the snow-white crystallised salt surface!
Rocks around the beach
Rocks around the beach.
Islands of the lake
Islands of the lake.
All these souvenirs have been made from the salt crystals
All these souvenirs have been made from the salt crystals.
Skulls crusted in salt are the souvenirs for sale
Skulls crusted in salt are the souvenirs for sale.
Black mountain and the white plains
Black mountain and the white plains.
An incredible salt white beach
An incredible salt white beach.
There is no sand on this beach
There is no sand on this beach.
I'm on a background of the Lake Assal beach
I'm on a background of the Lake Assal beach.
Salt crystals on the beach
Salt crystals on the beach.
This lake is the most lowest point in Africa
This lake is the most lowest point in Africa.
No sharks here because nothing can live in this water
No sharks here because nothing can live in this water.
Salt at the water's edge. It looked like regular ocean foam, until you step on it!
Salt at the water's edge. It looked like regular ocean foam, until you step on it!
Smooth white surface of the ground at the foot of hills
Smooth white surface of the ground at the foot of hills.
Lac Assal means honey in Afar. It's nothing to do with salt
Lac Assal means honey in Afar. It's nothing to do with salt.
It's called the lake of honey because the people have made money from it for centuries
It's called the lake of honey because the people have made money from it for centuries.
On our way back to the Djibouti city we passed the good village again
On our way back to the Djibouti city we passed the good village again.
Djiboutian child with a peculiarly painted face
Djiboutian child with a peculiarly painted face.
Djiboutian girl is smiling
Djiboutian girl is smiling.
Djiboutian boy with a funny hairstyle
Djiboutian boy with a funny hairstyle.
Djiboutian children
Djiboutian children.
Cute little girl
Cute little girl.
Give me a candy, please!
Give me a candy, please!
Wide smile of a Djiboutian girl
Wide smile of a Djiboutian girl.
Djiboutian little girls from the good village
Djiboutian little girls from the good village.
More candies, please!
More candies, please!
Girl is chasing after my car
Girl is chasing after my car.
I can see my reflection in the eyes of a little girl
I can see my reflection in the eyes of a little girl.
In chase for the candies
In chase for the candies.
She snatched the whole package with candies from my hands
She snatched the whole package with candies from my hands.
Djiboutian mountains
Djiboutian mountains.
Trees grow in very small quantities on the hills
Trees grow in very small quantities on the hills.
Dromedaries
Dromedaries.
A tree-like form of aloe
A tree-like form of aloe.
Metal barrels used by nomads
Metal barrels used by nomads.
The Blackhead Persian is a fat-tailed breed of domestic sheep from Africa
The Blackhead Persian is a fat-tailed breed of domestic sheep from Africa.
Scrapyard
Scrapyard.
We saw this scrapyard somewhere on the way to Djibouti city
We saw this scrapyard somewhere on the way to Djibouti city.
She's just pretending because her granddaughter had already received a candy
She's just pretending because her granddaughter had already received a candy.
Djiboutian boy
Djiboutian boy.
Road sign
Road sign.
Slum district of the Djibouti city
Slum district of the Djibouti city.
Slum
Slum.
Soccer in the urban slum
Soccer in the urban slum.
Roadside cafe near Djibouti
Roadside cafe near Djibouti.
Garbage dump in the slum near Djibouti
Garbage dump in the slum near Djibouti.
Mother and her daughter on the street of Djibouti city
Mother and her daughter on the street of Djibouti city.
There are a big quantity of jeeps in the Djibouti city
There are a big quantity of jeeps in the Djibouti city.
Young women in the Djibouti city
Young women in the Djibouti city.
Mosque Nouriye in the Djibouti city
Mosque Nouriye in the Djibouti city.
Cute little girl in the Djibouti city
Cute little girl in the Djibouti city.
Cute little girl has received a candy from us
Cute little girl has received a candy from us.