5 Days and 4 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
Early in the morning transfer to the airport to fly Mekelle, upon arrival at Mekelle meet with SET adventure team (driver, guide and cook) then directly drive to Afdera, on the way enjoy the dramatic landscape of the Tigray mountain followed by the Afar lowlands that is part of the Great Rift Valley afternoon arrival at Afdera a town called after the salt lake in the settlement where the Ethiopian salt is extracted both in traditional and modern way, upon arrival have lunch and rest on the camping ground till the heat reduce and late afternoon enjoy lake Afdera for a view and hot spring bath, overnight camping.
Morning after relaxed breakfast pack the camping material head to the Afar regional tourism office to finish the paper work to get permission then escort the regional police and road leader and head to Dodem/ Kusrewad a base camp for the active volcano, arrival lunch break and rest, prepare camel late afternoon have early dinner and start trek to the top of the rim for the active volcano lake and admire the Ertale active volcano through the beautiful evening and take picture spend the night, overnight camping
Early int the morning around 5:00 AM we will start trek back to the base camp Dodem, get to the car and have breakfast then after packing the camping equipment drive to Hamedela. on the way picnic lunch will be served. Upon arrival get 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.
In the morning after breakfast drive back to Mekelle passing the dramatic landscape of the area. In Mekelle we will have lunch and transfer to the airport to fly back to Addis Ababa. upon arrival free time evening traditional dinner in cultural restaurant with live Ethiopian cultural music then transfer to air port for departure.
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