Fly Addis Ababa to Djibouti City
Once a quiet, forgotten Red Sea port, this fusion of Africa and Arabia now bustles with life. Its colonial history ever-present but fast becoming a more distant memory, the city is benefiting from investment thanks to its strategic position looking out over the Gulf of Aden.
But this growth and burgeoning modernity has not come at the expense of tradition; a multitude of cultures, languages and ethnicities still brighten the busy streets. Crumbling French buildings, gleaming new office blocks and white-washed mosques meld together to form a metropolis of character and vitality.
Djibouti City Tour
Explore Djibouti City, visiting its most interesting areas. These include the European Quarter, the lively market in the African Quarter and the harbour district. The first of these areas, the European Quarter, is littered with French colonial buildings. The highlight amongst these is the Place du Juin 1977 - a bustling square that somewhat confusingly features a heavy dose of Moorish architecture. In contrast, the African Quarter is dominated by the vast Hamoudi Mosque, whose whitewashed minaret towers over the city.
Also visit Damerjog village, which lies a short way outside the city. This small village gives a glimpse into everyday rural life and is mainly inhabited by the Somali-speaking Issa clan.
You will be staying at Djibouti Palace Kempinski, Bed & Breakfast