June 27 - Independence Day in Djibouti

   Posted on June 27, 2022     

This is an update of my post published on June 27, 2011:

This tiny African nation, which borders the Red Sea, became independent of France in 1977. More than half the population lives in the capital, Djibouti City.

Apparently tourists in Djibouti can snorkel and dive to view “pristine” (untouched) coral reefs, or stroke a cheetah at an animal refuge, or swim with huge whale sharks (which eat only the tiniest creatures, so it's safe). 

There is an old Arabic town called Tadjoura, hot springs that are hot enough to cook fish (!), and Lake Assal, a crater lake that is the lowest spot in Africa and the third lowest spot on Earth (other than ocean-floor deepnesses such as the Mariana Trench). Lake Assal is also one of the saltiest lakes in the world - saltier, even, than the Dead Sea!

Lake Assal looks lovely, like a tropical island in a warm sea...
But actually it is a VERY salty lake that has weird salt
formations that is home to the business of scraping and
trading salt.


Another salt lake, Lake Abbe, is known for its tall limestone chimneys that puff out steam. The movie Planet of the Apes was filmed there.

To learn more about Djibouti, go to Multicultural Kid.

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