Tadjuora and FĂ´ret du Day

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Tadjoura means “well” in Afar. It is a picturesque little place and one of the oldest towns on the East African Coast. Its commercial history dates back to the 12th century, when it was the departure point for the caravanes making the dangerous journey to the empire of Abyssinia (Ethiopia). Tadjoura itself has a rather Arab feel to it, with its palm trees, whitewashed houses and seven mosques. The market was interesting, specially the meat counter. Goats were slaughtered across the street and vultures were cleaning up the leftovers.

After a stroll through the town we set of in 4WD to the FĂ´ret du Day. It was about a 2 hour drive, first on good paved roads then on a gravel road clinging to the mountain. Rising above the Gulf of Tadjoura, the masif Mt Goda (1750 m) shelters this tiny pocket of vegetation, which has been declared the countries only National Park.
When we arrived at the campsite at FĂ´ret du Day, we were ready for lunch. It took a while to get it ready, since the goat was slaughtered as we arrived. In the meantime we checked out the area and found that they had rescued an eagle with a broken wing. Since the nearest vet is in Djibouti Town there was no way for them to have its wing fixed. Maybe they should just have left it in the bush. Sitting in a cage with a broken wing is no life for an eagle. After lunch we went for a walk in the National Park, which consists mainly of juniper trees, box wood, wild olives and various types of figs. This primeval forest is now changing. A combination of drought and parasites is killing the trees. It was a sad sight to see how the "skeleton" trees looked a bit spooky. A long time ago this forest covered all of this volcanic country.

While we had been on the excursion the others had sailed on, through Devil´s Cauldron and into the Bay of Ghoubbet, where we caught up with them. In the middle of the Bay lies Guinni Koma or "Devil´s Island", an ancient underwater crater, at the top of which fossilised oysters have been found. Back on the boat the sun was setting. It gave a magical light to the Bay of Ghoubbet and the Tortoise and Devil´s Island.
sarahsan says:
True!
Posted on: Oct 28, 2012
Dr_Seuss says:
Shame about the eagle, but at least you knew your lunch was fresh :O
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012
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The meat market
The meat market
Palm nut vulture
Palm nut vulture
Palm nut vulture
Palm nut vulture
Oldest mosque in Tadjoura (200 yea…
Oldest mosque in Tadjoura (200 ye…
Going in ......
Going in ......
..... coming out
..... coming out
I guess the ice cream melted!
I guess the ice cream melted!
Barber shop at the beach
Barber shop at the beach
Coca Cola Company is everywhere!
Coca Cola Company is everywhere!
Road block
Road block
Road up the mountain to FĂ´ret du …
Road up the mountain to FĂ´ret du…
Daboita, Afar house
Daboita, Afar house
Daboita
Daboita
One hungry goat
One hungry goat
View of the Bay of Tadjoura
View of the Bay of Tadjoura
FĂ´ret du Day campsite restaurant
FĂ´ret du Day campsite restaurant
The kitchen
The kitchen
Local bread (very sweet)
Local bread (very sweet)
My tuna salad
My tuna salad
Potatoes
Potatoes
Goat meat
Goat meat
Oranges for dessert
Oranges for dessert
Eagle with a broken wing
Eagle with a broken wing
Daboita
Daboita
The kitchen
The kitchen
The reception area
The reception area
The sleeping area
The sleeping area
FĂ´ret du Day
FĂ´ret du Day
FĂ´ret du Day
FĂ´ret du Day
FĂ´ret du Day
FĂ´ret du Day
One tree chocking the other
One tree chocking the other
A poisonous plant
A poisonous plant
Flower of the poisonous plant
Flower of the poisonous plant
Fruit of the poisonous plant
Fruit of the poisonous plant
View of the valley and the Bay of …
View of the valley and the Bay of…
Springbok
Springbok
Bay of Ghoubbet
Bay of Ghoubbet
Bay of Ghoubbet
Bay of Ghoubbet
Me in the wind
Me in the wind
Tortoise island
Tortoise island
Tortoise island
Tortoise island
Devil´s island
Devil´s island
Our boat in front of Devil´s isla…
Our boat in front of Devil´s isl…
Detail of the volcanic formation o…
Detail of the volcanic formation …