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10 days Adventure Tour Dallol, Erta Ale and the Danakil depression

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10 Days and 9 Nights

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Daily Tour

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Overview

Danakil Depression, one of Africa's most striking geographical features is a giant tear across the earth's surface visible even from space: the Great Rift Valley. Extending from the Middle East to Mozambique, the Rift Valley passes in a north-easterly to South-westerly direction right through Ethiopia, endowing the country with some... More

Danakil Depression, one of Africa’s most striking geographical features is a giant tear across the earth’s surface visible even from space: the Great Rift Valley. Extending from the Middle East to Mozambique, the Rift Valley passes in a north-easterly to South-westerly direction right through Ethiopia, endowing the country with some spectacular sights range from hot, dry and barren places to a string of beautiful lakes. This tremendous collapse of the earth’s surface occurred at the same time that the Arabia Peninsula, geologically a part of Africa. The Afar Depression is a plate tectonic triple junction where the spreading ridges that are forming the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden emerge on land and meet the East African Rift. The Afar Depression is one of two places on Earth where a mid-ocean ridge can be studied on land, the other being Iceland. While you visit this stunning nature gift you will experience one of the lowest places on earth 120 meter below sea level at Dallol, the breathtaking mineral colors with salt mountains with bubbling spring, Lake Asala, traditional salt extraction by the Afar and Tigray people, Afdera salt lake with Ertale active volcano and much more adventure.

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DAY 1 – Arrive in Addis Ababa and go to Sightseeing
DAY 1 – Arrive in Addis Ababa and go to Sightseeing

Arrival to Addis Ababa and get transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time make some time for sightseeing in Addis Ababa. Overnight stay Hotel

DAY 2 – Addis Ababa – Axum
DAY 2 – Addis Ababa – Axum

Full day visit historic sites in and around Axum. it was once the capital of the Ethiopian kings and the oldest ancient civilization in the world and represented a connecting-point between Africa and Asia for almost a thousand year. Some of the archaeological sites can give you an idea of the former high standard of civilization. Visit the famous stales, see the churches of St. Mary of Zion, which contain the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures and the tomb of king Kaleb. Overnight stay Hotel

DAY 3 – Axum – Hawzen
DAY 3 – Axum – Hawzen

Visiting the ancient Temple of Yeha (5th Century BC), and the rock-hewn church of Tigray, Medhanialem adi Kesho on the way, drive to Hawzen. On your way, enjoy the scenic and historic range of Adewa Mountains. From your lodge, you can enjoy the sunset behind the Gheraleta Mountains. Overnight stay Gheraletha Lodge

DAY 4 – Hawzen – Mekele
DAY 4 – Hawzen – Mekele

Visiting the rock-hewn churches of Mariam Korkor, Abrha We'Atsbeha and Wukro Cherkos, then drive 150 km to Mekele – the regional capital of Tigray. Overnight stay Hotel

DAY 5 – Mekele – Ahmedella
DAY 5 – Mekele – Ahmedella

With an early start drive to Ahmedella visiting the people of Tigrai and the nomadic people of Afar. At Ahmedella, visit the deep-water wells used by the nomadic people of Afar, and the interesting Camel Caravans, which transport bars of salt to the Tigray Highlands. Overnight stay Camping Ahmedella

DAY 6 – Ahmedella – Dallol (in the Danakil Depression) – Ahmedella
DAY 6 – Ahmedella – Dallol (in the Danakil Depression) – Ahmedella

In the morning, drive to one of the lowest points on earth, Dallol (116 meters below sea level) to see the wonderful and colorful formation of sulfur and phosphorus. And after lunch you will visit the salt lake of Asale and discover how people get salt in traditional ways. Overnight stay Camping

DAY 7 – Ahmedella – Dodom - Ertale
DAY 7 – Ahmedella – Dodom - Ertale

Drive to Dodom, and after arranging mules to transport luggage and camping gear. around the sunset start hiking to the active volcanic eruption of Ertale, which takes about 5 – 6 hours. Spend, the rest of the night at the rim. Overnight Stay camping

DAY 8 – Ertale – Afdera
DAY 8 – Ertale – Afdera

Trek back to the place where you left your cars, and drive to the salt lake of Afdera.
Overnight stay Camping

DAY 9 – Afdera – Awash
DAY 9 – Afdera – Awash

Visiting Lake Afdera in the morning, drive across the desert landscape to Semera. On your way, stop to visit hot springs.
Overnight stay Hotel

DAY 10 – Awash – Addis - departure
DAY 10 – Awash – Addis - departure

Drive back to Addis. Have a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can taste the variety of Ethiopian meals, and see the folkloric dance of the Ethiopians.
Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure.

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  • Guide
  • Scout
  • entrance fee
  • Food and bottled water
  • alcoholic drinks
  • tips

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