Danakil Depression: Danakil Depression, Arta Ale Volcanic Lake with Afar People can be discover by flying either from Addis to Semera and flying back via Mekelle or same route.
Program: Danakil Depression
Tour Code: Afar 09
Duration: 4 Nights (5 Days)
Transportation: Air & Land (4WD)
Tour starts: Addis Ababa
Tour ends: Addis Ababa
Day 1: Addis –Semera – Afdera /Afréra)
Morning (at 8:30 local time); fly from Addis Ababa Bole International Air Port to Semera and drive to Afdera. Visit the salt lake of Afdera and hot springs. Overnight – local hotel/camping – Afdera.
Day 2: Arte Ale Volcano
Morning; drive from Afdera towards Arte Ale via Kursewat. After arranging camels for Arte Ale Mountain, drive to Waydodom and then climb Arta Ale, accompanying with camping and cooking gears, being loaded by Afar Camel (3-4hrs walk). After siesta, explore the extraordinary lava that babbles from its mouth of Arte Ale volcanic fire. During night time the volcano will be fully seen with its magnificent color of zigzagging fire, producing from huge rocks. Therefore; in the evening, we will descend from Camping site to the drama of the oldest active volcanic Lake. Overnight- camping on the top of Arte Ale.
Day 3: Arta Ale – Hammed Ela
Descend where vehicles are camping and drive to Hammed Ela via Kursewat - on desert sand road. Overnight – camping (in Afar House) – Hammed Ela
Day 4: Dallol Depression and Lake Asalé - Mekelle
Early morning (6:30am); excursion to the Danakil depression. After Dalol; proceed to the traditional salt extraction site from where many camels are waiting to be loaded rock salts - just nearby the Salt Lake Karum (also known as Lake Assale or Asalé). Then approach to Lake Asalé. Afternoon, drive to Mekelle. Overnight – Hotel (3-4*) – Mekelle
Day 5: Mekelle – Addis – City Tour & Departure
morning, fly from Mekelle to Addis Ababa and make city tour of Addis: the Entoto Mountain (3300m) for a panoramic view of Addis, Entoto Museum with historical and royal exhibit, and the old palace of emperor MenelikII. Take some images at Mount Entoto and we drive back to Addis for Ethnological Museum that exhibits Ethiopian ethnic groups, the National Museum in which you are visiting different archaeological findings (including Lucy’s replica Skeleton), and Trinity cathedral Church and the Merkato – the largest open market in Africa. Dinner in one of Ethiopian National dish restaurants (Yod Abyssinia Restaurant or Habesha 2000) with live traditional dances then departure in the evening (End of the trip)
Notice: This itinerary can be amended upon request