Lac Abbeh : son paysage culturel, ses monuments naturels et son
Lac Abbeh : son paysage culturel, ses monuments naturels et son is part of the Tentative list of Djibouti in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the state party.
Map of Lac Abbeh : son paysage culturel, ses monuments naturels et sonLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
In October 2020, I managed to travel to five TWHS in Djibouti. Among them, Lake Abbeh Cultural Landscape proves to have the highest potential of inscription - and rightly so. There is salt mining machine in Lake Assal, while the other sites (Moucha and Maskali Islands, Foret du Day and Djibouti Downtown) need stronger arguments for OUV justification to secure UNESCO inscription.
Lake Abbeh shares border with Ethiopia and its isolation helps maintain its pristine condition. As we headed five hours west from Djibouti City, the landscape changes dramatically from Earth, then to dirt roads to Mars, a rocky landscape within the supposed buffer zone, and finally to the Moon, a lunar landscape within core zone, where numerous volcanic chimneys and boiling hot springs are found.
The best time to visit the "Lac Abbeh's moonscape" is before sunrise - when the temperature is cool enough to see steam smoking out of the chimneys and hot springs.
2015 Added to Tentative List
The site has 3 locations