6 Days and 7 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
Arrive in Addis Ababa and meet the Tour representative. Then transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time make sightseeing in Addis Ababa.
Early in the morning after breakfast transfer to airport to fly to Mekelle and meet the vehicle and guide at the airport and short break coffee bars in Mekele. Then continue driving to Hamedela. At Berhale where we arrange the permits and police escort. On the way you will also admire some local Tigrean and Afar tribes village and camel caravan carrying the salt bars to transport it to the nearest local town.
In the morning drive to Dodom we will arrange camels to transport your luggage and water, and then you will start hiking to the Ertale 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, we will camp nearby the eruption, on the crater rim above the active lava lake.
Climbing again early in the morning to the rim to see the sun set, then drive to Hamedella. Late afternoon visit camel caravan.
After early breakfast drive to the Lake Asale, salty Lake and visit the salt workers and the merchants, then head to Dallol/Denakil Depression, which listed as the hottest and active place on the earth surface with an average temperature of 40 – 50 degrees Celsius. Then drive back to Mekele.
In the morning after breakfast transfer to airport for flight back to Addis Ababa. Evening fair well dinner and transfer to airport for departure.
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