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Lake Assal - Lowest point in Africa

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Lake Assal - Lowest point in Africa

Lake Assal - Lowest point in Africa

Its name in Arabic literally means "lake of honey". Located in a volcanic crater, this lake at 155 m below sea level make that its shores are the lowest point of the African continent. It occupies an area of 54 km2 and has a maximum depth of 40 m. Its water volume is around 400 million m3 and has the most saline water outside Antarctica, with a salt concentration of nearly 35%, higher even than the Dead Sea (33.7%) which is erroneously considered by many as the saltiest lake in the world.

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A must-see if you visit this country. With its geographical location, about 2 hours from Djibouti, in a dry, warm area, in fact one of the hottest in the world, Lake Assal offers different hot springs around which serve as the basis for local tourism, but with the extraction of salt being the mayor economic activity. The road to the lake gives you an unique perspective of the people and villages more inland. In the same Afar Depression, you can see the Ardoukoba volcano, Erta Ale volcano and the Dallol crater. The latter two are located in Ethiopian territory.

Notes
The season from December to February is the most recommended for its temperatures. If you like diving, from the city of Djibouti you can travel to the Gulf of Tadjoura, Seven Brothers Islands or the Moucha to enjoy it.

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