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

Day 1

Mekele Airport to Afar

From Airport Mekele you will drive to Ahmed Ella and and you will stop at the entrance of the Afar region to pick up your entrance permit and police to guide you through the gate of the Afar refion. You will stay overnight in a local hotel.

Day 2

Afar entrance to Erta Ale

In the morning you will go to Ert Ale and  meet up with  another police officer to ensure security. You drive to Waydoom and after having a meal you will continue trek for about 3 hours to arrive in the large volcanic crater of the Ert Ale volcanic mountain, a still very active volcano. There is enough time for you to adventure around the area and enjoy visiting the volcano before nightfall. You will camp here for the night.

Day 3

Ert Ale to Ahmed Ella

Trek starts early morning from your campsite descending to Waydoom for breakfast at which point a vehicle is arranged to take you to  Ahmed Ella. When you arrive you will stay in a local hotel.

Day 4

Ahmed Ella to Dallol to Lake Asale to Mekele

Early morning you will start visit the Dallol Depression and witness the amazing bubbling sulfuric acid. After that you will visit Lake Asale which is known for being full of salt and is a salt extracting area. This day also provides opportunities to take a camel caravan before returning back to Mekele via your vehicle.

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