10 Days and 9 Nights
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.Less
Morning after breakfast meet with SET staff at your preferred place and time then start driving down southeast to Awash National park passing through the rift valley. on the way lunch break Arrival and afternoon game drive in the savanna grassland national park and Awash River fall.
In the morning after breakfast drive to Semera on the route admire the rift valley, afternoon arrival and drive to tourism office for permission to the rest of the visit.
over night hotel/ camping.
In the morning after breakfast drive to Afdera. on the way stop at Semera to get permit paper and escort local guide then head to Afdera, arrival at Afdear enjoy the hot spring and visit the salt mining work, overnight camping
In the morning after breakfast drive to the Afar regional tourism office to finish the necessary paper work to get permission and stop by the police station to be escorted by the police and road leader then drive to Dodem/kurwased base camp after lunch break escort additional local militia and arrange camels for carrying the camping gears, luggage’s and water for the volcano. After getting some rest and an early dinner start hiking to the Ertale active volcanic hills (613 meters above sea level) which is 15km one way, and walk to see the volcanic eruption. The eruption is so colorful and spectacular at night camp nearby the eruption, on the crater rim above the active lava lake, overnight camping
Early in the morning around 5:00 AM start trekking back to the base camp Dodem, get to the car and have breakfast then after packing the camping equipment continue driving to Hamedela on the way picnic lunch will be served. Upon arrival rest and shower then late afternoon photograph the caravan that passed through the village, overnight camping
Early in the morning after breakfast head to Dallol to visit the amazing mineral colors with bubbling springs, then to Dallol one of the lowest places on earth 120 meter below sea level and Lake Asale with the salt extraction process activity of the Tigray and Afar people. Then drive back to base camp after picnic lunch and rest in the camping area, overnight camping.
Drive Hamedella-Mekele through Berhale small towns where you enjoy cold coca cola after some days in the desert then continue to Agula Junction point further drive to Hawzen a spring board to the rock churches of Tigray, overnight hotel.
After breakfast Full day Explore the Gherelata cluster rock churches of Tigrai with picnic lunch Mariam Korkor, Abune Yemata Gue, Yohanes Mekudi and others. Then drive back to Mekele, overnight hotel.
In the morning drive to Kombolcha, drive through the spectacular landscape on the way visit the famous Hayk Estifanos monastery on Hayk lake for the old manuscripts and old religious books (remark - only men can visit the monastery women can't enter) overnight hotel.
In the morning after breakfast drive back to Addis passing the northeast rift valley escarpment stop at Gemassa Gedel to admire the Great Valley and continue driving, afternoon arrival at Addis Ababa. In the evening traditional dinner in cultural restaurant with live Ethiopian cultural music. transfer to air port for departure
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