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Destination: Djibouti

  • Travelling 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.
  • Population: 898,160.
  • Religion: Islam.
  • 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.
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