Last updated: 8 February 2018
On the horn of Africa, this East African country between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia has in the past been colonised by both France and Arabia. At one stage it formed an important trading post between Asia and Africa.

In this land three tectonic plates are being forced apart by the angry earth. This force of nature sends fumaroles and steamy emissions from beneath the earth’s crust onto the land above. Weird and wonderful rock structures pierce the skyline in the dry a hostile landscapes.

Visit the saline Lake Assal, one of the most unusual and alien places on earth, which is why it was used as the filming location for the Planet of the Apes. This lake holds earth’s largest reserve of salt. It is the third lowest point on earth and is one of the most saline lakes in the world. The bright green water is surrounded by black fields of lava.


In this land of fire and water you can swim with whale sharks, the biggest such creatures on earth, on the bright blue shores on the Gulf of Aden and view beautiful flamingos on Lake Abbe.

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