Approaching the salt lake Lac Abbé is like stepping off a spaceship onto a different planet.
The lake is situated on the Djibouti-Ethiopian border, in the hot Afar depression created by the earth’s tectonic plates pulling away from each other. Here vast salt plains stretch for kilometers, scattered with towering steam-spewing limestone chimneys, of which some are 50 meters tall. Views of the otherwise rather flat landscape is interrupted by the dormant volcano Mount Dama Ali, rising up 1,069 meters in the horizon.
The best time to visit Lac Abbé is in the late afternoon as the sun sets and creates surreal silhouettes of the limestone chimneys.