Lake Ghoubbet, which is less than ten mile across, is
relatively shallow. It has no fresh water flowing into it, so there is no sediment transported in. The lake (really
a bay) is rich in plankton and is an important breeding area for the plankton-eating and harmless
whale shark. There are more than two hundred species of coral in the bay, and fish galore, with some of the more
interesting being manta rays, barracuda and sailfish.
For the visiting artist or author, Djibouti offers little
beyond its scenery and interesting anthropology. Photographers though will find plenty of subject matter. The
Government is working hard to develop its cultural life – the performing arts in particular. Without a university,
there is little academic life in the city.
Dairy products and meat from the herds of cattle are the
traditional foods, supplemented by grain-based dishes. Ethiopian bread, known as ‘injera’ is widely eaten, though
French bread is also popular.
An interesting feature of the diet is the chewing of qat – a
light natcotic leaf, imported from Ethiopia, and of little nutritional importance. Qat is consumed recreationally
by nearly all men in the country.
Places to Stay
Some visitors stay on the north side of the Gulf of Tadjoura,
in the Plage des Sables Blancs – White Sands Beach – area. There are several beach club complexes up there. There
are camping sites in this area, and also in the forest areas. This region is
over eighty miles from the main international airport.
In Djibouti city itself, there are international hotels up to
five star standard, and also locally run hotels.
There is also a beach club complex, with chalets and
restaurant, on Moucha Island. This is in the middle of the Gulf of Tadjoura, about 20 minutes by boat from
With a French naval presence, training infrastructure for
the French Foreign Legion, plus a US military base at Camp Lemonnier, there is a significant transient male population. So, a lot of the nightlife has developed to
service their requirements. There are numerous bars, cafés, clubs and restaurants.