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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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  • It s an amazing place to visit; place surrounded by volcano affected area. salt lake is another attraction. beach is very much clean and clear. One of the natures wonder to see...for any travelers...  more »
  • Lake Assal is a must visit if you are in Djibouti. The car ride from center of Djibouti is around 1 hour 30 mins (depending on the driving speed) and there is a lovely white sale beach where visitor.....  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.
  • Very beautiful Worth the drive from Djibouti
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