Randa, Djibouti

Randa (Arabic: راندا‎) is a town in central Djibouti located in Tadjoura. It is the capital of the Randa District. The settlement lies in a small valley, north of the Day Forest National Park in the Goda Mountains. It is located on the RN-11 Highway, which connects it to Tadjoura, located some 32 kilometres (20 miles) to the south.

Randa
راندا
Town
Randa, Djibouti 2016.jpg
Randa valley view.jpg
Randa راندا is located in Djibouti
Randa راندا
Randa
راندا
Location in Djibouti
Coordinates: 11°50′49″N 42°39′38″E / 11.84694°N 42.66056°E / 11.84694; 42.66056Coordinates: 11°50′49″N 42°39′38″E / 11.84694°N 42.66056°E / 11.84694; 42.66056
CountryFlag of Djibouti.svg Djibouti
RegionTadjoura
DistrictRanda
Area
 • Total0.44 km2 (0.17 sq mi)
Elevation
927 m (3,041 ft)
Population
 • Total1,023
Randa Mountain Side

HistoryEdit

Randa has played an important role in trade between the port of Tadjoura, and the hinterland, once dynamic and prosperous possessing a well on its bed of wadi which crossed it and has one of the mildest climates in Djibouti. The beginning of the civil conflict in December 1991, when the FRUD rebels captured Randa and neighbouring towns. However, the Djiboutian Army re-took the town in October 1993.

OverviewEdit

The settlement lies in a small valley, north of the RN-11 road which leaves the coast to the south to head west towards Dorra. It is within 10 miles (16 km) of the Day Forest National Park in the Goda Mountains to the south.

Nearest towns
Name Distance
Bankouale 1.8 miles (2.9 km)
Airolaf 5.3 miles (8.5 km)
Tadjoura 15.8 miles (25.4 km)
Dorra 24.3 miles (39.1 km)
`Assa Gaila 23.8 miles (38.3 km)
Medeho 26.2 miles (42.2 km)
Balho 34.6 miles (55.7 km)

GeographyEdit

Randa's altitude gives the settlement and the surrounding area a milder climate than the Tadjoura coastal area, where the weather is typically hotter. A river runs through the town. Often dry, the watercourse divides Randa in half. The surrounding mountains to the west are high and jagged, lengthening journeys in that direction.

WildlifeEdit

Due to the fertility of the region, experienced in many years, wild mammals such as gazelle and mountain goats migrate to the area either to breed or to live and graze on the grassland savannah.

ClimateEdit

The town seldom experiences either hot or cold weather, due to the high altitude. The settlement has relatively high average precipitation for the region, twice that of Tadjourah city for example. Average monthly temperatures in Randa range from 14°C in the months of December and January to 34.7°C in June.

Randa has a hot semi-arid climate (BSh) in Köppen-Geiger system.

Climate data for Randa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 23.6
(74.5)
23.9
(75.0)
25.9
(78.6)
28.0
(82.4)
31.2
(88.2)
34.4
(93.9)
34.7
(94.5)
33.7
(92.7)
32.1
(89.8)
28.6
(83.5)
25.8
(78.4)
24.0
(75.2)
28.8
(83.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 18.6
(65.5)
19.3
(66.7)
20.9
(69.6)
23.1
(73.6)
25.8
(78.4)
28.9
(84.0)
28.9
(84.0)
28.1
(82.6)
27.2
(81.0)
23.4
(74.1)
20.8
(69.4)
19.2
(66.6)
23.7
(74.6)
Average low °C (°F) 13.7
(56.7)
14.8
(58.6)
16.0
(60.8)
18.2
(64.8)
20.5
(68.9)
23.5
(74.3)
23.1
(73.6)
22.5
(72.5)
22.3
(72.1)
18.2
(64.8)
15.8
(60.4)
14.4
(57.9)
18.6
(65.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 39
(1.5)
36
(1.4)
20
(0.8)
27
(1.1)
12
(0.5)
7
(0.3)
25
(1.0)
38
(1.5)
40
(1.6)
13
(0.5)
37
(1.5)
31
(1.2)
325
(12.9)
Source: Climate-Data.org, altitude: 1034m[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Climate: Randa - Climate graph, Temperature graph, Climate table". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 25 September 2013.

External linksEdit