Danakil depression (4 days)

About danakil depression

This private tour takes you in one of the most in hospitable places on earth the Erta’Ale volcano and the Danakil Desert.  

Not only is this desert region the lowest, it is also the hottest inhabited location on earth. Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression is one of the hottest, driest and lowest places on the planet. The area is located in the Afar Region of north-east Ethiopia near the border with Eritrea. The climate here can only be described as cruel. But against all odds, people do live here. The Afar people call it their home. Walking around the area you feel like you are on another planet. Spectacular scenery awaits you at Erta’Ale volcano, Erta’Ale meaning smoking mountain.

Trip Itinerary

Option  1

Day 1

Hamadella to Lake Asale

We start our drive early morning 260 km to reach Hamadella via Berhale, which is called “base camp” located in the desert and only 25 km away from Dallol. On the way  we stop at some places where you can enjoy a very impressive view and you meet the first camel caravans. In Berhale the policemen accompanies us for the tour. We leave the highland and mountains 2000m above sea-level to the stone and salt desert to Hamadella, which is below sea-level. After reaching Hamadella we proceed to Lake Asale to see the spectacular view of the sunset reflection. There we spend the first night on local afar-beds, open air and under the stars or in a wooden cottage.

Day 2

Dallol Depression

Early morning we drive to Dallol Depression. On our way we visit different places like the colorful salt lakes  and thermo active springs of Dallol, potash, sulfur and other minerals, the wide white salt desert, a cave and pure  natural designed rocks and the field where the Afar people are harvesting the salt in the traditional way and where the camel caravans start their long trek to towns like Mekelle for the salt business. After  lunch in Hamadella we drive back to Mekelle.

Option  2

Day 1

Bottom of Volcano

Early morning at 9 we start our drive to cover 305km to reach to the bottom of the volcano where the cars can’t drive further. In the evening we start walking 4 hours  to the top of the volcano. You will visit the volcano after reaching the top and enjoy as much as you can and stay overnight in a camp made of stones.

Day 2

Swim in Lake Afrera

We walk down to the camp at the bottom of the volcano have breakfast we drive to Afdera to swim in lake Afrera and take bath in a naturally hot spring water near by the lake. After lunch drive back to Mekelle.

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