Best time to visit Djibouti
Djibouti’s weather can be neatly summarised with one word: hot. Choosing the best time to go is about finding the least hot months.
Broadly, Djibouti has two seasons: a hot dry season from May to October and a cooler season from November to April. The best time to visit Djibouti is from Nov-March; it is too fiercely hot at other times of the year, with the weather heating up from April. During December, January and February expect highs of around 29°C, but in June, July and August temperatures routinely exceed 40°C. The sun shines pretty much year round, even during winter, and the rainfall on the coast usually occurs from Nov-March (Djibouti City gets around 13cm of rain a year); further inland it falls April-Oct.
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Why visit Djibouti?
Jim O’Brien, from our specialist supplier Native Eye, has this travel advice:
Why visit Djibouti?
“Djibouti is home to some of Africa’s most incredible and otherworldly landscapes – the original Planet of the Apes was filmed here! The two lakes – Assal and Abbé – are the best of this, with amazing rock structures, limestone chimneys and gas belching from the ground. The center of the earth sometimes doesn’t feel too far away here… “
“This is one of the best places in the world to see whale sharks, and in season it’s possible to snorkel with them – another great reason to go. Added to white sand beaches and nomadic culture, this make Djibouti a great destination for the adventurous.”
“Expect it to be hot – especially if you’re foolhardy enough to go in summer – and pack accordingly.”
How long to spend in Djibouti
“It’s a small country, so unless you have very specialist interests – and geologists would have a field day here – around a week is enough to spend here.”
More about Djibouti
One of four countries that make up the Horn of Africa, alongside Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia, Djibouti is a cultural melting pot of African, Arabic and Indian Ocean influences.