Just a fraction of the size of the UK, this former French colony lies at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia. Hemmed in by Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, its eastern coastline looks out towards the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, across some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.
Incredibly dry, rocky and rugged, this diminutive country is also home to some truly bizarre landscapes that are, unquestionably, some of the most dramatic and otherworldly anywhere on earth. Whilst life on the land can be harsh, its coastal waters are teeming with life, with dugongs, hawksbills and green turtles all benefiting from its rich harvests.
A great destination for nature lovers, Djibouti may seem an imposing landscape to traverse at first, but look closer and you can find bright red mountains and dark green fields of lava, live volcanoes and crusted salt lakes whose colours are almost unnatural in their intensity. Amongst the intense heat of the low-lying plains you can also find bright pink flamingoes and limestone chimneys erupting clouds of steam from the bowels of the earth. Away from the equatorial heat, the cooler coastal temperatures offer welcome relief, with the white sand beaches overlooking the Gulf of Tadjoura providing an idyllic spot to relax and reflect on your adventures into one of Africa’s newest destinations.