Djibouti is a desert and volcanic country with a very arid climate and temperatures near 35 degrees Celsius during the day... sometimes even up to 40 degrees. The scenery is fantastic, but it is not a place where to go for a small holiday or to enjoy the Christmas holiday. It is too hot, the climate is too dry and there is a lack of green that could make it more appealing.
We had chosen Djibouti as a destination to spent Christmas and the New Year since we wanted to enjoy the beach in some sort of resort. We wanted to relax and enjoy a bit more luxury without driving around too much.
In the old travel guide that we were using, several beaches were listed as nice and with camp sites available. However, at the first beach we visited, we were quite disappointed. Travelling with a guide book that is more than 10 years old can sometimes reserves some surprises.
Everywhere in Djibouti, we got the impression that everything was wasting away. Everything seems to be neglected and sometimes there is a lot of trash on the side of roads and near villages.
However, some untouched sites are still very lovely.
We went to several beaches and this one is the only one that looked like it was maintained. We stopped there for a few hours to do some snorkelling. We didn't stay for Christmas for the reason listed above, but also because the staff was expecting more than 100 guests on that day. The beach must have been filled with so many people... not very appealing to us.
Truck accidents are very frequent in Djibouti. Of course, with more than 1000 trucks going to the border every day, it is possible to see several upturned trucks or worst. The border is only open during the day, thus I think it is normal that some truckers may sometimes be eager to reach it before it closes.
Rain is quite rare in the country. So, to help the people to survive this harsh environment, water is provided for them. These barrels are filled with water for people living a few tens of metres away from the road.
These white mounds are in fact gypsum. It is the material used in gypsum boards for our houses.