The Republic of Djibouti is a very small country found in the Horn of Africa. It is surrounded by the countries of Eritrea in the north and the gigantic Ethiopia in the south and west. The Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea are in the east. It shares a border with Somalia in the southeast.

It is sometimes called Africa’s best-kept secret for, even today, Djibouti is considered as nothing more than a stopover for people going to Ethiopia.

This means that, should you decide to make Djibouti your final stop rather than your stopover, you’ll have the country’s beautiful beaches, eerily magnificent lakes, European-atmosphered metropolis, and its whale sharks all to yourself.

One reason why Djibouti is not a famous tourist destination is because it’s received some bad press about being “infernally hot and outrageously expensive.” Indeed, during summer, the temperature can soar to 50 °C (122 °F) in certain parts of the country. And yes, if you compare it to other African countries, Djibouti is expensive.

Smart travelers have solved these problems, though, by simply going to Djibouti in winter and comparing its prices to countries outside of Africa – countries that do not offer the one-of-a-kind salt lakes, the completely solitary beaches, and the opportunity to swim with the whale sharks that Djibouti has to offer.

Djibouti has strong French influences, having been under French administration from 1894 to 1977. Today, the country continues to receive economic and security assistance from France. The 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion has its base in the country. There are US military bases in Djibouti as well.

Most of the Djiboutians are Muslim (94%). The rest are Christians. The country’s official languages are French and Arabic, while Somali and Afar are recognized national languages. English is not widely spoken

Before you go to Djibouti, make sure you have a yellow fever vaccination and typhoid immunization. Never travel alone outside the capital, because that increases your risk of banditry. Should you bring electrical gadgets with you, make sure they will fit Type C, Type E, or Type F sockets and can handle 220-240 volts. Bring an adapter and voltage converter if necessary.

To ensure your safety, check travel advisories before planning a visit to this country.