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Holidays in Djibouti

Understanding Djibouti

Djibouti's climate is very hot, humid and arid, especially in the summer The summer heat is moderated, however, by a sustained breeze in the coastal city of Djibouti From October to April the temperature is cooler, with occasional rain Cyclones from the Indian Ocean create heavy rains and flash flooding

Talking in Djibouti

Although French and Arabic are the official languages, Somali and Afar are widely spoken English may be spoken at tourist facilities, but is not widely spoken by locals or taxi drivers

What to do in Djibouti

  • Scuba Diving—despite the country's arid landscape, underwater off the coast lie several reefs teaming with all sorts of life

Buying stuff in Djibouti

Khat: A leafy narcotic popular with the locals The stimulant is flown into the country each morning from Ethiopia and arrives by truck in Djibouti's Central Market at about 1 pm It is fairly inexpensive, but quality varies greatly, so shop with caution Khat may not be taken out of Djibouti through the airport

The currency of Djibouti is the Djiboutian Franc DJF As of January 2010, 1 USD = 1585 DJF, 1 EUR = 22379 DJF, and 1 GBP = 2584 DJF


May 2010: Conversion between DJF and USD is fairly stable as the DJF is tied to the dollar You can convert dollars to francs with local street money changers located in the Djiboutian market area for 175 DJF to $1 USD The street money changers are ladies who line the street waiting to convert USD to DJF They are generally honest brokers Have your calculator ready and make sure to ask in advance what the conversion rate is, if they quote you anything less than 175 go to another broker Most all of them speak a little English

You can purchase general merchandise and food items at the larger department stores using USD and they will use the 175 conversion rate The tourist traps will obviously see you coming a mile away and hit you with ridiculous conversion rates as well as their tourist prices If you have access to Camp Lemonnier go to the disbursement office for the best rate at 177

These rates have not changed since July 2009

Food and eating in Djibouti

  • Melting Pot Heron Rue Bernard +253 35 03 99 http://wwwmeltingpotdjcom Fusion Cuisine Restaurant


Drinking in Djibouti

The city of Djibouti has many places to eat to include tourist traps If you are interested in western cuisine be prepared for sticker shock If you are interested in good local cuisine then you and your pocket book will be happier for the experience For example the Ethiopian Community Center offers a wide variety of local flares which are very tasty safe and reasonably priced Best to avoid places that the American tourist hang out at, and you will be happier for the experience Average price per meal outside of a tourist trap: $4 including drink

Accommodation in Djibouti

Located on a peninsula, the Djibouti Sheraton is a beachfront resort, with its own beach club on a private island The hotel offers a range of recreational activities including snorkeling, windsurfing, water skiing, biking, volleyball and other beach sports at the Sheraton Beach Club

A little north of downtown Djibouti, the Djibouti Palace Kempinski opened in November 2006 to host a regional summit Funded by Dubai's Nakheel investment group, the Kempinski offers security, high-class service, immaculate facilities, and serene views of the Gulf of Tadjoura Very expensive

Cities in Djibouti


What do you think about Djibouti?

How expensive is Djibouti?
(1 DJF = 0 USD)
Meal in inexpensive restaurant1.8 DJF
3-course meal in restaurant (for 2)5.51 DJF
McDonalds meal594 DJF
Local beer (0.5 draft)0.98 DJF
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 1.1 DJF
Cappuccino747.23 DJF
Pepsi/Coke (0.33 bottle)197.17 DJF
Water (0.33 bottle)207.02 DJF
Milk (1l)416.97 DJF
Fresh bread (500g)60.67 DJF
White Rice (1kg)479.7 DJF
Eggs (12) 805.15 DJF
Local Cheese (1kg) 1.92 DJF
Chicken Breast (1kg) 1.98 DJF
Apples (1kg) 609.95 DJF
Oranges (1kg) 475.34 DJF
Tomato (1kg) 591.7 DJF
Potato (1kg) 192 DJF
Lettuce (1 head) 367.5 DJF
Water (1.5l)118.4 DJF
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 2.91 DJF
Domestic Beer (0.5 bottle)443.6 DJF
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 881.6 DJF
Cigarettes227.5 DJF
One way local bus ticket570 DJF
Monthly pass for bus8.73 DJF
Taxi start550.5 DJF
Taxi 1km389.13 DJF
Gasoline (1 liter) 271.2 DJF
Utilities for a "normal" apartment37.57 DJF
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 3.31 DJF
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 110.7 DJF
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 83.1 DJF
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 206.26 DJF
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 132.6 DJF, your travel companion

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