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Best Hiking Trails in Djibouti


Djibouti is a tiny country in the Horn of Africa that does not appear on the tourist radar but there are mountains for hikers to explore, namely in the Goda Mountains.  There are hiking trails in Day Forest National Park, in the Goda Mountains.  As well, Mount Moussa Ali, the highest peak in Djibouti, sits in the very north of the country, straddling the border with Ethiopia and Eritrea.  The best months to hike in Djibouti are November to March. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Djibouti. 

Capital: Djibouti City

When To Hike in Djibouti?

November – March: Least hot time of year
April – October: Too hot, small amount of rains

Climate: Semi-desert in the central highlands.  Everyone talks about the heat.


Djibouti Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium to Hard: No tourist infrastructure and an economically depressed country. 

Transportation required: Vehicle required to access trails

Where to stay in Djibouti for hiking:

  • Tadjoura

Most popular hikes in Djibouti

The main hiking area is in the Goda Mountains. Highest mountain is Mount Moussa Ali (2021 m), sits at the juncture of three countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia and Eritrea)

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Mount Moussa Ali

Goda Mountains

  • Day Forest National Park

Long Distance Trails of Djibouti

  • Many of the organized treks (through a company) will do multi-day trekking tours

Djibouti's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Djibouti Hiking Books: No hiking specific books, several independently published guides

  • Lonely Planet Ethiopia & Djibouti, by Lonely Planet, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Anthony Ham, 2017, Lonely Planet Global Limited – https://amzn.to/3vociLg


Best Hiking Trails in Djibouti:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps and other websites, as there are no hiking guidebooks or official trail sites:

  • Mount Moussa Ali
  • Day Forest National Park
  • Other hikes in the Goda Mountains

Easy Hiking Trails in Djibouti:

  • Lake Abbe
  • Lake Assal


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What Else To Do

  • Lac Abbe – Salt lake with limestone structures sticking up
  • Lake Assal – One of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth, lowest point on continent
  • Diving/snorkelling
  • Whale-shark spotting
  • Afar nomadic culture

Other Important Points

  • French and Arabic influence