Key information: Lac Assal
- Outstanding crater lake in a huge depression at 155m below sea level. Around it is a ring of volcanic cones and their dark lava fields and a vast, white salt flat.
- Exceptional landscape, even by East African standards.
- Walkopedia rating83
- Natural interest18
- Human interest2
- Negative points0
- Total rating83
- Length: Variable
- Maximum Altitude: Just above sea level!
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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This outstanding crater lake lies in a huge depression, at 155m below sea level the lowest point in Africa, some 100km west of Djibouti City. Around it is a ring of volcanic cones and their dark lava fields and a vast, white salt flat, 10km wide and 60m deep.
Exceptional landscape, even by East African standards.
Explore on foot.
The heat and lack of water can be extreme, and the area is unvisitable at some times of the year. Always come prepared, protected and with enough water.
Lonely Planet’s Ethiopia and Djibouti has decent basic information (including guides and places to stay).
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