Don't expect a lush rainforest here, but an oasis of coolness (which tourists may find relative) at an altitude of 1,500m. The serene climate attracts hikers to this beautiful primary forest (also called "fossil"), which allows us to imagine the flora that covered the region, but also the mountains of the Sahara, 4,000 years ago. His cousin is also found across the Red Sea in Yemen. You will see wild olive trees, giant junipers, acacias and jujube trees. It will be noted that some of the latter die strangled in a spectacular way by giant fig trees, of a size and appearance very different from their Mediterranean cousins. Moisture in the soil favours the presence of some ferns, small flowers. It's up to you to find them (but don't pick them).
On a little more than 3 km2 is concentrated here both Mediterranean and equatorial flora which, although not abundant or spectacular, is rich and precious. Because some species are almost unique. Hence the creation of a national park that will hopefully save this endangered and regressing forest. Wood and plants are scarce in Djibouti and the area has long been over-exploited. Trees are also, unfortunately, attacked by fungi.
Why such a wealth of plants? Plants, trees (and animals) benefit here from the presence of clouds clinging to the mountainsides. This fog creates a strong condensation that humidifies the ground. The plants try to pump this moisture out. And although showers are very rare, it sometimes feels like you are walking on freshly watered land.
There are many possibilities for hikes of a few hours or several days, starting from the Day of Ditilou, Randa or Bankoualé. The Goda Mountains camps are very well organized, run by experienced professionals, and offer tailor-made excursions and mini-treks. There are many paths that allow you to study the flora, to overlook the Gulf of Tadjourah, to contemplate the Goda Mountains. The ideal for a walker is to reach the different campsites of the region on foot, which is possible with daily walks of 3 to 5 hours. The landscapes covered, between low mountains, fossil forest and wadi beds, are a journey in itself in this very mineral country.
In the Day village, the president has built a residence and a large garden, which can be seen at the entrance. This construction allowed the village to receive electricity and water through pipes that run from Tadjourah.
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