Key Country Facts
Many people in Djibouti consume qat, part of a plant which is chewed for its mild amphetamine-like properties
Lake Assal, Arta Beach
Djibouti’s top exports are sheep, goats, wood charcoal, coffee, other animals, and refined petroleum
The capital is also Djibouti. About 887,861 thousand people live here (2015) and the official languages are French and Arabic. Islam is the dominant religion. The time zone is 7 hours ahead of EST.
A must-see place in nature is Lake Assal, the saltiest body of water in the world except for a pond in Antarctica (yes, the saltiest lake in the world is in Antarctica, called Don Juan pond!). This lake can be walked in and touched, so visitors can walk in and feel the salty waters. Travelers interested in other water-related adventures can travel alone or use the popular company Rushing Water Adventures in Djibouti for booking an excursion, which has stellar reviews for the guided tours to several places around the country for kayaking, snorkeling, sightseeing, or whatever it is that travelers want to do. To see the very evolutionary old whale shark or to catch some fish, head to Arta Beach about an hour and a half from the capital.
Travelers will be surprised to see that many people in Djibouti consume qat, part of a plant which is chewed for its mild amphetamine-like properties. Qat is banned in most places in the world, but is very popular here and will be bought and consumed daily by customers.
Also good to note is that taxi prices will change throughout the day, becoming at least 50 percent more expensive after sunset. Plan accordingly before going out for the day.