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Lake Assal, Djibouti

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Dip your feet in the salty waters of Lake Assal, a crater lake situated at the top of the Great Rift Valley in the Danakil Desert. Although rich in minerals, the lake water does not support any life other than bacteria. Still, salt collection here--in the world's largest natural salt deposit--provides an income for local farmers. One of the hottest places on earth, the underground of the lake continuously evaporates, creating ever more layers of solid salt bed, over which you can even drive a car. Gaze at the surreal, sunken landscapes with scant thorny bushes, camels, lizards, small birds, and insects. Using our online itinerary creator, Djibouti attractions like Lake Assal can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Lake is lowest place in africa up to -155m below sea level and second saline lake in the world. In Lake assal you can float in lake but you dont have to put your head or wash your face cause salt is b...  more »
  • Lac Assal was gorgeous in a terrifying sort of way. Located well below Sea level it was quite Toasty. My wife and I both floated in the lake. It is so incredibly salty that it takes no effort to float...  more »
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  • One of the most stunning places I have ever seen. A white salty coast and crystal clear turquoise water. Simply amazing!!! 💞
  • Lots of salt. By the ocean. In Djibouti. Neat.
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