Explore the vast and eerie landscapes of the low-lying salt lakes in Djibouti's Danakil Depression. Here, you can see Assal's "White Diamond" or gaze upon Abbe's limestone chimneys on the border with Ethiopia. It's best to visit on a cooler day when Danakil's oppressive heat may dip below 35°C. For some respite from the heat, take a splash in the waters of Tadjourah Bay, perhaps swimming and diving at Khor Ambado beach, or watching whale sharks near Moucha Island. In search of more nature? Discover the multitude of species roaming the Day Forest National Park and the cheetahs, lions and oryx at the Decan Wildlife Refuge If architecture is more your passion, check out the French colonial influences in Djibouti City, and the modern People’s Palace, completed in 1985 as a symbol of the country's freedom following independence from France. For a taste of ancient Djibouti, visit the Abourma Rock Art Site with rock engravings dating back to the Neolithic era.