A small and largely ignored country situated where the Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aden, it gained in independence from France in 1977. It is a Muslim country and most of it is covered by desert. Lake Abhe in the west is known for its unusual limestone chimneys. The Beautiful Lac Assal, in the centre of the country, is the third lowest point on earth, and one of the most saline bodies of water. Half of it is a salt pan.

There have been anti-government protests in 2011 as part of the Arab Spring. Security outside the capital, also named Djibouti, is questionable. There is a border dispute with Eritrea in the north, and both armed forces engaged each other there in 2008.


Djibouti flag

Why you should go:

It's an unusual destination.

Why you shouldn't:

You will have to explain to everyone where it is.

Map of Djibouti