Experience Danakil Depression 6 Days

Experience Danakil Depression

Danakil Depression, Lowest and hottest point in the world! Seeing is more than believing here! The oldest active volcanic activity on the rim of Mount Arta Ale (stands for eternal smoke) is part of Afar Region in Ethiopia. The below tour program makes you explore the region with Afar camel caravans – carrying rock salt from Lake Asalé.


Program: Danakil Depression

Tour Code: Afar 05

Duration: 5 Nights (6 Days)

Transportation: Air & Land (4WD)

Tour starts: Addis Ababa

Tour ends: Addis Ababa

Day 1:   Addis – Mekelle

Morning; arrive to Addis Ababa Bole International Air Port. Afternoon, fly To Mekelle.  Overnight – at Axum Hotel or Similar – Mekelle

Day 2:   Mekelle   – Hammed Ela

Drive rive from Mekelle via Berahile to Hammed Ela. After the small town of Agula; we descend to the Afar Region. You will see too many camel caravans, transporting rock salt from Lake Asalé to the town of Mekelle at many spots on the road. As we penetrate deep down to the region, the temperature becomes hotter and hotter. Lunch and some rest at the small town of Berahile (110km from Mekelle) where entrance tickets will be collected. Then we proceed towards Hammed Ela; accompanying with Afar polices and a local guide from Berahile. Overnight – camping (in Afar House) – Hammed Ela

Day 3:  Dallol Depression and Lake Asalé

Early morning (6:30am); Discover  Danakil depression.. also visit the salt Tunnel, lowest point in Adar, potash ans sulphur pools on the way. After Dalol; proceed to the traditional salt extraction site from where too many camels are waiting to be loaded rock salts - just nearby the Salt Lake of Asalé. Then approach to Lake Asalé. Overnight – camping (in Afar House) – Hammed Ela

Day 4: Arte Ale Volcano

Morning; drive from hammed Ela towards Arte Ale (78 km dirty road) 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, produced from huge rocks. Therefore; in the evening, we will descend from Camping site to the drama of the volcano.  Overnight- camping on the top of Arte Ale.

Day 5: Arte Ale – Mekelle

Morning; descend to your cars and drive via Junction to arte Ale – small town of Abala/Shiketi  - Mekelle Airport - Mekelle – ( new road being asphalted to connect Mekelle and Afdera ‘salt mining center’).  Overnight – at Axum Hotel or similar – Mekelle

Day 6: 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 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

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Tour Company, Addis Ababa,Ethiopia