The Republic of Djibouti is one of the countries found in the Horn of Africa and surrounded to the north by Eritrea, to the west and south by Ethiopia, to the Southeast by Somalia. The country is inhabited by two ethnic groups, the Somali and the brave Afar people. Its name Djibouti was derived from several theories and legends regarding its origin and differs from the Somalian and Afar people. For the Afar, Djibouti means gabouti, meaning “plate” referring to the geographical features of the area. The country is divided into six administrative regions, namely Ali Sabieh, Arta, Dikhil, Djibouti, Obock and Tadjourah. This hot and arid city is often overlooked but as soon as you set your feet into this wonderful country, you will be amazed how easy it can captivate each everyone’s heart to experience its sparks. You will definitely extend your stay and see for yourself why it’s a country that should be on your list to visit.
1. Traditional Practices for Djiboutian DishesThe traditional cuisine of Djibouti is mostly meat from the herds, dairy products, and grain dishes. The Djibouti stew called Fah-fah is widely served for lunch and it is usually made from meat goat with vegetables. The secret to a very fulfilling meal with Fah-fah is to pair it with ‘lahoh, a spongy flatbread or rice, and pasta. After a sumptuous meal with Fah-fah, it’s time to for a unique dessert, called Khat. This stimulant is famous among the men as it causes excitement and loss of appetite. Some would say feel euphoric after chewing it. For visitors who would like to try Khat, its legality in the country of Djibouti is approved because it has long been used as part of the tradition, religious services and even has beneficial offers like concentration and being focused.
2. Brave Somali and Afar PeopleThe Somalians and the Afar people both lived in the Horn of Africa and they are the two tribes that mostly constitute the population of Djibouti. The ethnic tribe of Afar inhibits the northern area of Djibouti and speaks the Afar language from the Afroasiatic family. They are proud and highly individualistic people well-known for their tough warrior martial abilities. And, when you say strong it applies to all, not just the male Afar people. The Somali and Afar people practices permeate with the Cushitic religion and that is one of the reasons why they unite in the beautiful country of Djibouti. They both love freedom and courage and often attached to their cultural traditions and wholly respect each other.
3. A Sight to Behold; Whale SharksOne of the highlights of your incredible trip to Djibouti would be swimming with the whale sharks. Yes, it is indeed possible to see the extremely diverse and colorful marine life Djibouti offers to the whole world. Here, you will see and understand the whale sharks by swimming alongside them. A guaranteed fun experience to see other marine life and feel the beauty of Djibouti coasts. There are a lot of available speedboats to send local and foreign visitors to the best spots where sharks are often spotted. A little timing is all you need to make sure you get the best of both worlds, whale sharks are always consistently spotted during the months of April and July. So, make sure these months are free for you to be able to view these precious animals.
4. Large Military BasesDjibouti, the third-smallest nation in the African Continent has also the largest military bases. The country has been an attractive spot for military powers because of its geostrategic location for military planning and the country’s stability and strength makes it an excellent playground for world powers from the European, Asian and American countries. If you’re someone who’s interested to catch a glimpse and know more about modern and historical military sites found in Djibouti, then you’re totally in for many surprises. Most of the country’s tourist sites are near the military bases, which means it’s more conveniently easy to know more about how these troops serve all of us.
5. Lively Fest’ HornGet ready to sing your voice out loud in the graceful country of Djibouti. A unique opportunity for everyone to sing with the best artist performers of all the countries of North Africa. You can listen, sing and dance to the traditional music of Djibouti that seems to never go out of style. Feel the good vibes of modern music played by different genres that will speak to your heart and body to sing and dance in the capital city of Djibouti. You’ll know you hit the right spot when all of a sudden everybody sings in unison and genuinely loving each beat of the music. A six-day event that will make your heart pump for that lovely rhythm and get your cheeks to achieved cute blush giving you the best time of your life. This is also the best time to get to know the Djiboutian’s culture and socialize with them until the break of dawn.
6. Lovely Traditional Clothing For the Djiboutian’s the beautiful and elegant loincloth is the traditional cloth used by men. It is a special African cloth that means a fabric of opportunities and used for formal and special ceremonies. The creation of this cloth takes a lot of teamwork both from men and women. Men are expected to beat the fibers and women create intricate designs into beautiful weaving patterns. These unique handcrafted woven patterns are often seen in plaids, blankets, cushions. The women of Djibouti wear “dire” as their protection. It is a light-colored scarf that covers the head.