Djibouti Expedition: Footsteps of the Afar

Duration: 11 days
From: £2,465.00

With its mix of hiking and snorkelling, this trip is not for the faint hearted. However, if you want to experience life like a nomad as we traverse the Djibouti landscape, float in one of the world’s saltiest lakes and go in search of whale sharks then this expedition is right up your alley.

Djibouti is a small country in Northern Africa that is big on adventure. Few places have the variety that you’ll find here. Explore volcanoes, plateaus, grand canyons, limestone chimneys, and salt lakes on this Djibouti expedition. 


  • Looking for leopards during your hike through Day Forest National Park
  • Sleeping in a traditional Afar hut on a hill overlooking Campement Touristique d’Asboley
  • Joining a nomadic camel caravan as you make your way to Lake Assal – one of the worlds saltiest lakes
  • Watching the sunrise from Lake Abbe with its famous chimneys and hot springs
  • Snorkelling with the whale sharks in the Bay of Ghoubbet
  • Explore the city of Tadjoura

In Djibouti City, take a walking tour of the markets and harbour and get your first taste of the local cuisine. At Arta Beach you’ll have the chance to snorkel with the whale sharks – some of the gentlest creatures in the ocean. There’s a fantastic 4×4 adventure through Grand Bara Desert as well as some traditional dancing at your destination – Lake Abbe. Your time here ends with an phenomenal sunrise over the lake that you’re certain never to forget.

Camel trekking is a wonderful way to see the villages, chat with locals, and learn the customs within the villages you pass through. You’ll love the unique perspective that your camel affords. Camp and hike around Lake Assal – the lowest point in Africa – before travelling to Ardoukoba Volcano for a trek to the craters rim. The adventure winds down with visits to Day Forest National Park, Plage des Sables Blanc, and the historic village of Obock. After a chance to explore the markets and mosques of Tadjoura, you’ll come full circle to Djibouti City.

This adventure requires a moderate level of fitness as you’ll be hiking on several days. This is your chance to experience life like the nomads of Djibouti. You’ll fall in love with this diverse and spectacular country. Enquire today to learn more.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • The chance to get up close and personal with whale sharks in the Bay of Ghoubbet on a snorkelling adventure
  • Sleep overnight in a traditional Afar hut at Campement Touristique d’Asboley, perched on a hill with spectacular views
  • Hike through the Day Forest National Park
  • Watch sunrise from the shores of Lake Abbe, which featured in the original ‘Planet Of The Apes’ movie thanks to its famous chimneys, salt flats and hot springs.
Djibouti City, Djibouti
Djibouti City, Djibouti
Trip Duration
11 Days
Group Size
Between 4 and 12
Private Departure
Expedition, Explorer, Hiking & Trekking, Mixed Activity, Snorkelling, Water Sports
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Private Departure, Solo Traveller




29 December 2019


8 January 2020


19 January 2020


29 January 2020


2 February 2020


12 February 2020


22 November 2020


2 December 2020


6 December 2020


16 December 2020


27 December 2020


6 January 2021

This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.


Salaam aleikum! Welcome to Djibouti!

Djibouti Expedition

What's included

  • Djibouti City – Leader Led Walking Tour
  • Arta Beach – Whale Sharks Tour
  • Lac Abbe – Cultural Dance
  • Lac Abbe – Guided sunset walk to Chimneys
  • Lac Abbe – Morning Hike to the lake
  • Ardoukoba – Volcano Hike

For the full list of included activities please make an enquiry and we’ll send full details over to you.

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Trip notes

From GBP £2465.00

Bungalow (3 nights), Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (3 nights)

10 breakfasts,
8 lunches,
9 dinners

This trip has a physical rating by the operator of 4 out of 5. Get in touch to find out more about what this means and what to expect.

This is an expedition trip and requires a minimum of 4 people to depart. Please do not book any non-refundable flights or services before the departure is guaranteed to depart.

Expedition trips may not suit everyone. While a lot of research and planning goes into putting together an Expedition itinerary, they are pioneering and innovative by nature. If smooth, ripple-free travel is what you’re after, perhaps wait until they (possibly) become established trips. But for those with a yearning to veer off the beaten track and explore free of crowds and preconceptions, this is an adventure above all others.

The standard of health facilities in Djibouti’s capital is limited and very basic to non-existent in outlying regions. Medicines are sometimes unavailable in rural areas and can be expensive. In the event of a serious illness or accident, medical evacuation (at considerable expense) to a destination with appropriate facilities would be necessary.


For the full trip notes please make an enquiry and we’ll send them right away to help you decide if this is the perfect trip for you.

Do I need to be fit to take part in the Djibouti Expedition?

This trip requires a good level of fitness. You’ll be getting out and about on several hikes (noted in the itinerary), which range from 4 kilometres to 12 kilometres. They’re not necessary overly technical, but the conditions will be testing.

Is there any wild camping?

Some nights will be spent sleeping ‘belle etoile’, which means “under the stars”. Despite the elegant name, this is camping at its most basic. You’ll be on military-style cots without a tent over your head. But hey…that’s what adventures are made of!

Tour operator

We love this operator for the freedom and flexibility they give travellers to get off the tourist trails and really experience local cultures. Their style of small group travel is perfect for solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends and their grassroots style of travel seeks to have a positive impact on the communities they visit.

They use local leaders, local accommodation & transport and support local community projects, ensuring sustainability is at the centre of everything they do.

In addition, they expect their staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel – respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.


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