• Whale shark in Djibouti, Joshua Barton

Why Djibouti Safaris are truly unique

Djibouti may be small, but it most certainly packs a punch. Squeezed onto the Horn of Africa, the Republic of Djibouti, as it is officially known, lies between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. Despite its neighbours having had their political difficulties in recent years, Djibouti is remarkably welcoming. On the whole, it is a country that is more often than not totally overlooked by safari-goers so you will be one of very few who have experienced this unique country. For those who are interested in the weird and wonderful, there is a whole host of landscapes and wildlife to be discovered in this intriguing destination; some of the landscapes and plants here have even been used as other-worldly species in blockbuster films!

Valentine’s day marks not only that spring is on the way but a time in which many birds are preparing for the mating season. Like us, numerous bird species form lifelong bonds with their partners. This is because unlike many mammals, most birds produce only one brood a year which requires an extensive period of time to incubate and care for.

Although only serially monogamous, one of the world’s largest birds, the mighty emperor penguin, make doting and longstanding parents. Emperor’s are devoted partners, splitting the responsibilities of looking after their lone and very vulnerable egg. After the egg is laid, females will leave to feed and fatten in the open ocean. The remaining male will spend the four freezing months of Antarctica winter huddles of hundreds, protecting their young at all costs in temperatures dropping below -30 degrees.

On our incredible Emperor Penguins & The South Pole safari you can witness the breeding grounds of these giant yet gentle birds for yourself, all at the very bottom of the earth. Click the link in our bio for more information.

Image courtesy of Wichaway Camp.

Djibouti is filled with obscure landscapes and home to some fascinating wildlife,


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Lac Assal, Djibouti

Landscape Oddities & Unique Experiences

Djibouti is home to a myriad of geological oddities, with weird and wonderful landscapes offered by few other destinations. From the impressive Lac Assal, the lowest depression in Africa; a salty lake that is surrounded by intriguing salt formations and hot springs, to dead volcanoes, and basaltic plateaus.

A variety of experiences are also on offer in Djibouti, from hiking and exploring on land, to superb marine exploration. On the Gulf of Tadjoura you will find some excellent diving opportunities, as well as more specialist experiences. It is here that we can assist you in diving with the magnificent and gentle whale sharks! Our expert guide will not only support and guide you the whole way, but ensure you capture some unique moments as you swim with this gentle giant of the sea.

Free Dive with whale sharks, and be photographed alongside them in the wild.

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Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

Swimming with whale sharks in Djibouti - Copyright Joshua Barton

Your Next Steps

View our Djibouti safaris, or talk to one of our specialists for more details on travelling to Djibouti. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.