Africa’s smallest country, Djibouti on the Horn of Africa, has one of the most maligned but fascinating landscapes on earth. The great fault lines that are splitting Africa into a new continent and a new sea all converge here before diverging out to form the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.  Few other areas offer students such open textbook illustrations of the great geological forces that shape our planet.

Djibouti Girl

Djibouti Young Girl

In addition to first hand lessons in volcanism and tetonic plate movements, students on this trip will visit the deepest depression on the African continent and explore Lac Assal with the largest salt deposits on earth.  Even more unique is Lac Abhe where living organisms – diatoms and bacteria have produced dramatic, towering ‘chimneys’ from along deep lake rift lines that are unlike any other landscape on earth. Lac Adhe is so alien in appearance it was selected as a shooting location for the first Star Wars movie.

Djibouti Salt Sea

Djibouti Salt Sea

In addition to the amazing geological lessons Djibouti has to offer, students will explore mangroves on offshore islands in the Gulf of Tadjourah and snorkel over world-class reefs. They will visit settlements that were trade forts in the time of the Pharaohs and take part in an overnight camp and camel caravan with Afar nomads to have a full immersion experience into their way of life.

Djibouti Town

Djibouti Town

 

Still off the radar of large-scale tourism, Djibouti offers an educational opportunity unlike any other.

 

Djibouti Wildlife

Djibouti Wildlife