9 Days The Danakil Depression package

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This is a trip to a very special area. The Danakil Depression is the meeting place for three tectonic plates on the Horn of Africa geological depression with volcanic salty desert landscapes. It is one of the hottest places on earth, and it is also one of the lowest parts of the earth. A truly different experience!
  • Danakil Depression
  • Erta Ale Volcano
  • Mekelle
What you can expect
Day 01- Addis Ababa-Awash

In the direction of the Eastern part of Ethiopia. We pass through Nazaret/Adama, the capital region of Oromia. We see from far Mont Fentale, a dormant volcano with 2007M in height. This park is one of the most important in Ethiopia. The Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge. The park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals are living there, including the Oryx, Gazelles and Antelopes. Warthogs are common sightings on this drive. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, one that has long been exploited for centuries and empties into Lake Abbe on the border with Djibouti. The day is dedicated to visit the park and its surroundings.

Overnight Hotel-Awash

Day 02- Hot springs
Before heading to Assaïta a city in the region of Afar we will visit the hot springs on the way. In striking contrast to the dry climate that affects the rest of the area, the hot springs of Filwoha meaning “Hot Water” in Amharic appear like a heavenly oasis. The turquoise water of the natural swimming pools at 38 ° C, if it does not refresh the Afar herds.

Overnight Camping/Hotel(Optional)-Assaita

Day 03-Afar triangle

Continue to Lake Asaleand Lake Afdera, which is the salt Lake from which the pastoral Afar extract salts, an important deposit, some of which reach two kilometres thick. These few salty lakes led to the creation of one of the most hostile environments on the planet.

Overnight Camping-Afdera

Day 04-The Erta Ale Volcano

A moderate hike after dark to reach the summit crater and observe the eruption in progress, which boasts one of the world's continuously active lava lakes. Located in the heart of the great African Rift Valley, the Erta Ale Volcano is an exceptional site despite difficulty to access it. Indeed, it lies in the middle of an inhospitable desert: the Danakil, amid a surreal landscape of fissures, faults, and a boiling lake of lava. The Danakil Depression is hostile desert and named the cruellest place on earth. The peak of the volcano is occupied by a large oval caldera 1.8KM length, filled with many recent basaltic flows.

Overnight Camping-Erta Ale

Day 05-Erta Ale Ahmedila

Departure to the Dallol volcano to visit the colourful and crystallized spot, the ghost village abandoned in the 1940’s, when the potash mine exploitation came to an end. In the afternoon, we would explore numerous and staggering canons which cut the western extreme of Dallol.

Overnight Camping-Ahmedila

Day 06-Ahmedila – Dallol – Mekelle

Dallol is found in the Danakil Depression close to the Eritrean border. Situated 100KM undersea level in the middle of desert of salt, it is one of the hottest regions on Earth. The temperature, more than 50⁰C, under tree shade. This important volcanic zone is characterized by emissions of fume roles. This hot water moves up toward the surface and through the evaporate deposits, dissolving salt, potash and other soluble minerals. As a least visited place, the site is still intact. Drive to Mekelle.

Overnight Hotel-Mekelle

Day 07- Mekelle
Visit the fresh and clean Mekelle the capital city of Tigriyan people yet to discover the castle of King Yohannes IV, notable land marks include the churches Enda Gabir, Enda Yesus Mekelle Bete Mengist, Mekelle Iyesus, Mekelle Maryam, Mekelle Selassie, and Mekelle Tekle Haymanot.

Overnight Hotel-Mekelle

Day 08- Kombolcha

Drive to Kombolcha on the way visit Amhara people culture, magnificent views of Haik Estifanos monastery which womens are forbidden to enter.

Overnight Hotel-Kombolcha

Day 09
Drive back to the capital city Addis Ababa; get a little rest at Hotel. In the evening a welfare dinner held in the magnificent Traditional Restaurant of the city and after a pleasant drop down to Airport.

  • Airport Transportation in Ethiopia-Locally
  • Ground transfers
  • Nights hotel accommodation
  • Entrance Fee of the sites
  • Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner): full board
  • Services of different languages speaking skilled and experienced guide
  • Drinking water 1.5 litres per person per day
  • Vehicles

Not included
  • Personal and baggage insurance
  • Luggage handling in the airport
  • Visas
  • Beverages/Drinks
  • Tips or Gratitude
  • Optional activities
  • Laundry, Personal Toiletries and items of a personal nature
Nanook Experience Category:
Hiking, Local Culture, Sightseeing
Nanook Package Type:
Vacation package
Activity Name
Danakil depression packagePerson9 days
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