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Afar (Dalol & Erta Ale- Volcanic Area)



Transportation : Flight and Surface

Destination : Mekele, Hamdela, Danakil Desert, Hamed Ela, Dodome, Erta Ale

DAY 01 : Arrival of Addis Ababa and Sight seeing
Arrival Addis Ababa and meet our Tours representative. Then transfer your hotel. Depending on your arrival time make sightseeing in Addis Ababa.

DAY 02 : Fly to Mekele and drive to Hamdela, Beginning the tour to DanakilDesert
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 Mekelle. 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.

DAY 03 : Hamed Ela – Dodome – Erta Ale
In the morning drive to Dodome. Here we will arrange camels to transport your luggage and water, and then you will start hiking to the Erta Ale 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.

DAY 04 : More excursions in Dodom and drive back to Hamadela
Climbing again early in the morning to the rim to see the sun set., then drive to Hamedela. Late afternoon visit camel caravan.

DAY 05 : Excursion to Daloll depression drive back to Mekele
After early breakfast drive to the Lake Asale, salty Lake and visit the salt workers and the merchant, 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 Mekelle.

DAY 06 : Fly back to Addis
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport for flight back to Addis Ababa.Evening fair well dinner and transfer to airport for departure


Duration : 6 days
Transportation : Flight and Surface
Destination : Mekele, Hamdela, Danakil Desert, Hamed Ela, Dodome, Erta Ale

DAY 01 : Arrival Addis Ababa and meet our Tours representative. Then transfer your hotel. Depending on your arrival time make sightseeing in Addis Ababa and fly to mekele on late afternoon

Day 02. Fly to mekelle and  Drive to Hamedela via Berhale.
The Danakil Depression can be said to ‘begin’ here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the sulphur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level. You pass through a small town of Berhale where the camel caravans stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. (3-4 hrs drive) Camp at Hamedela.

Day 03  Hamd Ela – Dodom
We start early, shortly after a 06:30 breakfast, and drive to Dodom at the base of Erta Ale. This may be one of the worst road in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and the occasional palm lined oasis. You pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, before reaching Dodom. You will trek from Dodom to Erta Ale which takes about 3 hrs. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ert Ale at 20:00. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food, sleeping materials, mattresses and water, to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake and you will spend an unforgettable night on the top of the mountain.

Day 04  Early morning you will rise with the sun with time to walk around pits and craters. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. You will leave around 7:00 to head back to Dodom for breakfast. You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp and after some time to relax you will drive on to Hamad Ela, a village with a total population about 500 people. Over night camping at Hamed Ela.

Day 05  Morning driving tour to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salts are mined. Observe the breaking of the salt from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.