Getting there: Fly into Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport (JIB), 5 kilometres south of Djibouti city from Paris, Istanbul,Dubai, Sana'a, Somaliland, Addis Ababa and Nairobi. There are ferries from Yemen and East Africa, and a bus service to Ethiopia.
Capital city: Djibouti.
Language: French and Arabic are the official languages, however many people speak Afar and Somali in everyday use.
Currency: Djiboutian franc (DJF).
Climate: Djibouti has a subtropical arid desert climate.
Transport: Taxis abound. Ferries ply a few towns and buses connect the rest overland. The roading system is in good condition and car-hires are available for independent travel. Cycling is a great way to navigate the capital.
Best time to travel: December to February are the coolest months and perfect for outdoor activities. Summer is scorchingly hot
What to wear: Wear lightweight clothes suitable for tropical weather on the coast. Snorkelling equipment, water shoes or rubber soled shoes are recommended for the reef. For the mountains, pack a light jacket or sweater for the evenings Women should avoid shorts and miniskirts and always dress modestly and conservatively.