Camping at Lac Abbé

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So dry and windy
We had a lazy morning, some went snorkeling while others (me included) enjoyed a morning in the sun on the deck of the boat. After lunch we were transported to the beach where 4WD´s were waiting. We set off on our adventure to the Lac Abbé. After a couple of hours we made a stop in the town of Dikhil to stretch our legs and get some refreshments. When I saw the standard of the accommodation they offered, I must admit that I was very glad I wasn´t staying there.

From Dikhil it took another 2 hours to reach our camp site at Lac Abbé. We made several stops on the way. It was a bizarre lunar landscape, but very fascinating. It is important to have a guide if you decide to visit Lac Abbé. Not just to get there, but to steer clear of the quicksand. Local people and animals still loose their lives here.

We reached our camp site just in time for sunset, a beautiful one. While we were having dinner, some local Afar people danced for us. First a marriage dance and then a war dance between the two tribes, Afar and Issa.

Since there was no electricity at the camp, it was very dark after sunset and we made it an early evening. A good idea as we had to get up early. Early enough to reach the lake before sunrise. The night was magical too. Our little hut was not very solid and from my bed I watched the stars through the roof, while hyenas were howling in the distance. What a great place!
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So dry and windy
So dry and windy
Very dry
Very dry
A hotel room in Dikhil
A hotel room in Dikhil
Our camp
Our camp
Our camp
Our camp
Our hut
Our hut
Inside our hut
Inside our hut
The toilets and the showers
The toilets and the showers
Sunset at Lac Abbé
Sunset at Lac Abbé
Sunset at Lac Abbé
Sunset at Lac Abbé
Sunset at Lac Abbé
Sunset at Lac Abbé
Sunset at Lac Abbé
Sunset at Lac Abbé
Sunset at Lac Abbé
Sunset at Lac Abbé
The local shop
The local shop
The shop owner
The shop owner
The shop owner´s daughter
The shop owner´s daughter
The Afar people sang for us
The Afar people sang for us
The marriage dance
The marriage dance
The marriage dance
The marriage dance
The war dance between the Afar and…
The war dance between the Afar an…
The war dance between the Afar and…
The war dance between the Afar an…