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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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  • This is a wonder of the world. The salty, crystalized volcanic lake. Very beautiful from kilometers away. The temperatures are really hot though and you need to carry spare shoes to access the lake... 
    This is a wonder of the world. The salty, crystalized volcanic lake. Very beautiful from kilometers away. The temperatures are really hot though and you need to carry spare shoes to access the lake...  more »
  • Great place, quiet, tourist free and beautiful scenery. Went for a swim! Very salty. Great weather. Must see in Djibouti. 
    Great place, quiet, tourist free and beautiful scenery. Went for a swim! Very salty. Great weather. Must see in Djibouti.  more »
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  • Magnificent landscape. The barren surrounding rocks make it looks like a jewel in the depression.
  • This is the lowest place in Africa

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