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Feel Cool at Dallol for 9 days

Tour Overview

The part of the world, which is called the Danakil Depression, is one of the remotest, lowest and unique land formations of the world in the Great Rift Valley system. Still it is part of the earth which is unstable and pulling each other to the opposite side. In this adventure you will explore Erta Alle, absolutely unique Lava Lake erupting 24 hours and Dalol, the lowest part of Danakil Depression (116 below sea level) extremely hottest and inhospitable place but enjoyable and extraordinary colorful landscape. It is famous for its fascinating fumaroles amazing rock formations, crystal and mineral deposits. The final part of your adventure takes you to Lake Asale, famous salt mining lake and visits to salt workers when cutting, shaping and loading. Besides, salt merchants along with their endless Camel Caravans will be visited.


Dallol depression is renowned as the hottest place on earth, with an average temperature of 34-35 Celsius, most of this vast practically unpopulated region lies below sea dipping to a frazzled nadir of -116 meters at Dallol near Lake Asale, the lowest spot of terra firma on the African continent. One of the driest and most tectonically active areas on the planet, the Danakil is an area of singular fascination: a strange lunar landscape studded with active volcanoes and vast salt encrusted basins.


The most regularly visited volcanic range in the Danakil is Ertale, Ertale is not only most remarkable but also noted as being the most active volcano in Africa having hosted a permanent lava lake for longer than one hundred twenty years. Ertale has been in a state of continuous eruptions sine at least 1967, when scientific observations commenced.


 Unmatched Adventure

Five packages over all and the itineraries have to be retouched, and each picture and itineraries layout has to be checked.

  • Feel cool at the hottest spot on earth
  • Unmatched bonanza of geological infants
  • An active expanse of geological infants
  • Adventure week near geological marvels
  • A glimpse to timeless jewels of Ethiopian past, a moment of geological fascination, and walk amongst pieces of chess at the chessboard of the gods.
  • 9 days adventure amidst geological infants
  • A package of Eastern circuit archeology and a mix of history in just 9 days at the Afar which is the upper rift system and further up at the eastern highlands as a breather when visiting Harar.
  • Full 9 days surface journey at a depression where giants once trodden
  • An interwoven feature of society displaying a spiritual beauty! Peace
  • A visit to a moving display of spiritual fabric
  • Moving fabric of the east
  • Dressed in spiritual oneness
  • Combining pinnacles of eastern highlands in just five days


Tour Itinerary


Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive Addis Ababa Bole international airport meet our staff at exit gate and assist to transfer to hotel. Depending on your arrival you can do sightseeing of Addis Ababa.

Overnight Jupiter International hotel


Day 02: Addis Ababa

We will explore Addis Ababa beginning with a visit to the National Museum, one of the most important sub- Saharan museums in all of Africa. The museum is home to the fossilized humanoid Lucy, as well as an amazing collection of artifacts, royal items and art. We then will visit the Ethnological Museum, which was the former palace of Haile Selassie.

We will take time in visiting St. George Cathedral, built in 1896 by Emperor Menelik and then continue on to Holy Trinity Cathedral. Holy Trinity Cathedral is the largest Orthodox Church in Ethiopia and has survived through many historical periods, as its interesting architecture can attest to. The Cathedral contains the thrones and the tombs of the emperor and some of the royal family. Visit Merkato, the largest open air market in Africa.

Overnight Jupiter International   hotel


Day 03: drive to Awash

Morning start driving 230km to South of Addis Ababa in the rift valley pass the Town Debre Zeith creator Lake and Nazareth town to visit Awash Park with its volcano landscapes and savannah grassland habitat for a variety of bird species. Up on arrive check in

And late afternoon we will explore the Awash National park which is home to mammals such as Oryx, Lesser Kudu, Hammadryas Baboon and Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Saltfs Dick-dick and more.

Overnight Awash Falls Lodge


Day 04: Drive to Afdera

Morning after breakfast we will start driving to Awash River Bridge. Outside the town we will get to the junction where the road forks, straight ahead for Dire Dawa and Harar, and left for Djibouti and the Red Sea. This day we wonder the Rift valley scenery and Afar people and their village. Have lunch at Samara, process our entrance permission and also from here we will have two Police men and one road guide accompany us for the Afar depression continue to Afdera.

Overnight camping at side of Lake Afdera or Local hotel.


Day 05: Drive to Kusrewad and Erta Ale.

Drive to kusrewad here where we arrange the camel to ascend our logistics and for those who wish to ride, Local militia and rock guide apart from those who already with us. Late afternoon start walking to Erta eale. Around 5 pm 3 hours trek climb to Erta Ale volcano and overnight on the top of the mountain. Erta Ale is 613 meters tall, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century.

Overnight on the Summit.


Day 06: Drive to Hammed Ela

Around 9 am we will be at foot base of the volcanic mountain where our cook and cars camp have our breakfast and drive to Hammed Ela via Kusrewad. This day drive will be the most challenging drive of all day which may be happen to stuck in the Sand and inhospitable weather, we should keep rehydrate to you manage the driving. Arrive Hammed Ela.


Overnight camping at Hammed Ela.


Day 07: Dallol Salphur spring, Lake Assale Salt Bar and camel caravans.

Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assale, follow up camelfs caravans and walk with the Afar and people from highland. The traditional way of extracting Salt bar, which once used as local currency, packing on the Camel. You’ll see how they prepare their traditional bread, how they travel, communicate & more. It is another unique experience. Back to Hamed Ela.

Overnight camping at Hammed Ela.


Day 08: Hammed Ela – Mekele

Drive to Mekele via the town of Berhale in the River bed Ascend all way to the Tigrian highland with the camel caravans and stop for photo over the depression.


Overnight Mekelle Axum hotel


Day 09: Fly to Addis Ababa

Morning transfer to the air port and fly back to Addis Ababa. Shopping and evening departure.



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