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Danakil Trip

 

2 days and 1 night

It’s located in North East Ethiopia, in the Afar department. Danakil Depression is known for the ‘hottest place on earth’ but that title does the place so much injustice. The Danakil region is so much more than how high the temperature gets – its unique geological features are the ones that draw visitors to visit despite the cost, the many hours of off road driving, and barebone accommodation.

A trip to the Danakil Depression is without a doubt, the absolute highlight of Ethiopia. Also, it is a place where the prehistoric sites are located. And finally, this tour passes through the volcanic landscapes of Afar and Tigrai.

Tour – Dallol or Ertale

Duration – 2 days and 1 night

Transportation:Drive and/or camel ride

Accommodation - Camping

  • Tour Overview
day 01

. MEKELLE – HAMED ELA DRIVE TO HAMED ELA VIA BERHALE

The Danakil Depression can be said to ‘begin’ here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the sulphur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level; You pass through a small town of Berhale where the camel caravan stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long camel caravans coming to the salt mine and others going out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels.(3-4 hrs drive) Camp Hamedela. After drive to reach Hamad Ela, better village with a total population about 500 people. Sun set at Dallol. Over night camping at Hamed Ela.

day 02

. HAMED ELA - MEKELLE

Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of breaking the salt from the ground, cutting in to rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.

OPTION 2

day 01

. MEKELLE TO DODOM VIA ABAALA

We start early drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). Leave after an early breakfast, possible at 06:30. This is may be one of the worst road in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava,rock, sand and occasional palm lined oasis. After you pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, Dodom is about 17km from Erta Ale and it takes about 3 hrs trekking. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials

like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. Overnight on the top of the mountain. Erta Ale is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century. over night at the rim of the Volacano.

day 02

. DODOM – MEKELLE

Early Morning sun rise at the northern one corresponds to the main pit crater and walk 5 minutes for the southern and central pits could either corresponds to an ancient pit, or to a simple collapse structure. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub circular and three storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00.

You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp, time to relax. After drive to reach Eript, better village with a total population about 500 people. Drive to Erbiti and proceed to Mekele.

Remark

Please Know that we can make any changes needed depending on the number of days you have and also This tour can easily be amended to other Tour Package

Price includes:
  • Vehicle latest model Toyota with Experienced English speaking driver throughout the Tour.
  • All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
  • Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages with meals as per the program and plenty bottles of water for the trip.
  • Surface Transport expense with four wheel drive Land cruiser including fuel expense and drivers allowance
  • Local guide service for the afar region as per the program.
  • Cooking, camping equipment,
  • Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.
  • Camel and Camel tires in Afar Region as per the program.
  • Experienced cook throughout of the tour as per the program.
  • Government Taxes-VAT
Price doesn't include
  • International and domestic flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Incidental meals
Other services

If you need post and pre extension tours to other destinations(Gheralta, Axum, Lalibela….), and also if you are looking for domestic flights, we can offer you on request.

Security

Danakil security is a safe area. Mobile coverage is now available in the camping site of Hamedela village, Dallol area and on the road between Hamedela to Ertale volcano. Tours travel in convoy and it is prerequisite to have security when visiting the Danakil.

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