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Djibouti Local Customs: 13 reviews and 27 photos

  Afar camels caravan on its way to Ehiopia
by adelinemmc

If you are very lucky, while on a trip to Lake Assal, you might see a caravan of camels going to or coming back from Ethiopia.

The Afar tribe still undertakes the 4-day trip to Ethiopia to barter their salt for corn flour in the local markets. They then come back (another 4 days!).

Please respect them and be discreet when taking pictures. They do not like to have their photograph taken so if you see them, take only a picture or two and always from a distance.

If you are driving your own vehicle, slow right down when passing the caravan.

If you can read French, follow this link for a book about the salt caravans of Djibouti:

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  • Updated Nov 14, 2006
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