ABOUT Djibouti is in East Africa, bordered by Eritrea to the north, Ethiopia to the west and south, and Somalia to the southeast. The Gulf of Aden lies to the east. Djibouti's climate is very hot, humid and arid, especially in the summer. Djibouti in East Africa is one of the hottest places on Earth, which can make it uncomfortable for visitors. People who have lived there all their lives are used to the heat - but often have barely enough water to survive. Djibouti is a small nation located at the point at the Gulf of Aden, where the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean meet. It gained its independence from France in 1977 and is currently governed in a multiparty arrangement based on the French and Islamic systems of law. The capital city of Djibouti, and around 65 percent of the nation’s population lives in this urban center. It is from here that most visitors start their journeys to explore the relatively untouched, isolated, and breathtaking sights. The country can be divided into three regions; the coastal plain and volcanic plateaus in the central and southern parts of the country and the mountain ranges in the north. Much of the country is vast wasteland with virtually no arable land
CLIMATE The summer heat is moderated, however, by a sustained breeze in the coastal city of Djibouti. From October to April, the temperature is cooler, with occasional rain. Cyclones from the Indian Ocean create heavy rains and flash flooding. .
BEWARE Avoid travelling outside of the city after dark; vehicles often have no lights and livestock may be roaming the roads. Roads are also narrow, poorly lit and maintained. Police set up wire coils as roadblocks on some of the major roads, which are not clearly visible at night. Land minds are prevalent in the northern districts of Obock and Tadjoura and the southern district of Ali Sabeih. Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean Photography of infrastructure (such as ports, public buildings, airports, military facilities and bridges) is prohibited in Djibouti. Your equipment will be confiscated and you could be arrested. When taking photos near prohibited places you should exercise caution and seek local advice if you are unsure.