Last modified (date)27 Nov 2018
Trip titleDjibouti Expedition: Footsteps of the Afar
ValidityValidity: 01 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2018
IntroductionWith its mix of hiking and snorkelling, this trip is not for the faint hearted. However, if you want to experience life like a nomad as we traverse the Djibouti landscape, float in one of the world’s saltiest lakes and go in search of whale sharks then this expedition is right up your alley. The scenery is diverse and spectacular, passing everything from volcanoes, hot springs and salt flats to b... Read more
ThemesExpedition,Walking & Trekking
Transport4x4 Safari Vehicle,Ferry
Physical preparationThis trip requires a reasonable level of fitness. There are a number of active elements included in the itinerary including a 12km trek and a snorkelling excursion. All overnight camps used on this itinerary are open air huts or bungalows with only military cot and mosquito net. Facilities are basic & limited, and conditions can be trying.
Joining pointMenelik Hotel
Joining point descriptionMenelik Hotel is located right in the centre of Djibouti City. Perfect for exploring the old city. The rooms are simple but spacious and clean. All rooms have ensuites with hot water, and Air-conditioning. Hotel facilities include a restaurant.
Joining point instructionsIf you have pre-booked a transfer please look out for our representative holding an Intrepid board with your name at the arrival terminal.
For transfers and accommodation issues, Intrepid's Kenya Office can be reached on their 24 hour number +254 733 523 813
Finish pointMenelik Hotel
Finish point descriptionMenelik Hotel is located right in the centre of Djibouti City. Perfect for exploring the old city. The rooms are simple but spacious and clean. All rooms have ensuites with hot water, and Air-conditioning. Hotel facilities include a restaurant.
Finish point instructionsIf you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please inform your leader and they will notify you of your departure transfer time.
Group leaderAll group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
Your leader... Read more
SafetyMany national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more
As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with... Read more
Why we love itThe chance to get up close and personal with whale sharks in the Bay of Ghoubbet on a snorkelling adventure
Is this trip right for youThis trip requires a good level of fitness. You’ll be getting out and about on several hikes (noted in the itinerary), which range from 4 kilometres to 12 kilometres. They’re not necessary overly technical, but the conditions will be testing.
Some nights will be spent sleeping 'belle etoile', which means “under the stars”. Despite the elegant name, this is camping at its most basic. You’ll be on ... Read more
HealthAll travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/o... Read more
Food and dietary requirementsYour group leader will endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements where possible, and vegetarianism and gluten intolerance will be catered for in most instances. Please notify your group leader of any dietary requirements in your group meeting at the start of the trip.
For those suffering from particular food allergies, your group leader will endeavour to disclose to their fullest knowl... Read more
Money mattersAs a guide we recommend you allow approximately US$15 per day for additional meals, snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) not included in your itinerary. Use a higher figure particularly if you are travelling during the hot season when you will require more fluids.
Each and every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others whil... Read more
What to takeWhat you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances.
Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoul... Read more
Climate and seasonalThe Djibouti climate is typically hot year round especially May to September when the average daily temperature is around 40 degrees and sometimes peaking at 45 degrees. November to January are the coolest months and average temperatures of around 25 degrees making it perfect for outdoor activities. This also coincides with the annual Whale sharks visit.
A couple of rulesIllegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who... Read more
Emergency contactISSUES ON YOUR TRIP:
While we always endeavor to provide you the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader/specialist guide or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to recti... Read more
Responsible travelTravelling responsibly is all about making good choices. It's about ensuring you have an incredible trip while also having a positive impact on the local environment, community and economy you're travelling in. How can you be a Responsible Traveller? See our tips below:
- Choose to travel with a responsible travel company like us! We've already offset the main carbon emissions of your trip, so yo... Read more
The Intrepid FoundationThe Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation set up to enable our travellers to help make a difference by supporting local communities, projects and non-government organisations in the places we travel. The smallest contribution can make an enormous difference and all donations to The Intrepid Foundation are matched dollar for dollar (yes, we’ll double your donation!). We support a range... Read more
Accommodation notesThe twin share price for this trip is based on 2 people travelling together and sharing a twin room. If you’d prefer not to share a room with your travel companion a single supplement is available. Please ask your booking agent for more information.
Travel insuranceTravel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more
Itinerary disclaimerOccasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of this Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes th... Read more
AccommodationBungalow (3 nts),Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt),Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts),Hotel (3 nts)