Ethiopia to Cape Town 2013

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Lake Assal

December 16, 2013  —  Djibouti

Lake Assal is the most impressive place in Djibouti. It is a extremely salted lake located 153 metres below sea level. In fact, it is the lowest place on the African continent. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point...

On the photos below, you can see a lot of 'white' that is salt that crystallizes all along the shore of the lake. The climate is very harsh, and temperatures are above 40 degrees Celsius.

Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
No, it's not snow. The shore of the lake is made of salt that has crystallized.
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
The proof the lake is 153 metres below sea level.
Lake Assal - Djibouti
The ground after water has evaporated.
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
It is not salt, but gypsum.
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Here are a few panoramas showing the lake in all its glory.
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Lake Assal - Djibouti
Near the lake, people live in a harsh environment.