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999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me
Around the bay from Djibouti city lies Lake Assal, the lowest point on the African continent at -509 feet (-155 meters), and the third lowest point on the entire planet. I’m a little shocked to see how close to the ocean it is, and it seems bizarre to me that the ocean water does not flood down to fill the lake, but for whatever reason it doesn’t.
The surrounds and the lake itself are reminiscent of a moonscape, and again I feel like I’m not on the same planet anymore.
The lake is extremely salty – actually ten times more salty than the ocean – and is being commercially mined for that salt, which is scraped off from shallow drying pools. It is possible to take a swim to experience extreme buoyancy, though the prospect of being coated in crusty salt doesn’t appeal to me.
Djibouti continues to dish out surreal landscapes and oddities.