Under sized and under recognized, Djibouti is a peaceful resting place amid the harsh realities that can seize the Africa traveler.

Unlike surrounding Ethiopia and Eritrea, Djibouti has not endured the conflicts that come with having natural resources to squabble over. This has saved it from violence but also left it looking up a long road toward prosperity. Djibouti, however, is making the best out of what it has got.

What to do

Djibouti is located on the Red Sea and most of the activities are around the water. Maskali Island, off the coast of Djibouti, is perhaps the most luxurious place for foreign travelers to stay and swim in the warm ocean waters.

Getting there

Djibouti has flights from Europe and the United States, but if you're looking to save some money, flights through South Africa may save you some cash if not some time. Traveling over land through Eritrea especially and the border region is hazardous and should be avoided.

Where to stay

Djibouti has a full compliment of hotels and luxury accommodations up and down its coast. The nicest of these is said to be the Djibouti Palace Kempinski which features five star luxury, a prime location and amazing views of the water.

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