Danakil Depression; Dallol & Erta Alle Tour

10 Days

With more than 30 active and dormant volcanoes, the Danakil Depression is a geological marvel. This remote area in northern east Ethiopia features extraordinary geological formations. It is one of the warmest and one of the lowest (up to minus 125mM), driest, and most unreal places on earth. The play of colors of the salt lakes and the sulfur mineral springs around Dallol will cast a spell over you.

This inhospitable land has been home to the Afar (Denakil) people for at least two thousand years. Afar men were renowned for their ferocity and xenophobia as recently as the 1930s until which time loping off the testicles of male intruders was customary!

Traditionally the Afar are nomadic pastoralists and, together with the Tigrians, are still involved in mining salt bars from the lake in the Dallol depression and carrying them by camel caravan up to Tigray, along age old routes.

The hike to the volcano Erte Ale, in the crater of which the lava is bubbling red hot and together with sleeping under the dome of the African starry sky in this unreal landscape will remain a unique and unforgettable experience


ourney to the cradle of hominids, the hottest place on earth, the lowest point on the planet, Denakil Depression. Discover this geology paradise gone-wild as you stand in awe at its flaming volcanoes, burning magma lakes, mineral deposits, and acid pools, caravan traders and Afar Tribe.


Our representative welcomes you on your arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and transfer to hotel depends on the time city tour.

Day 2 :

Drive from Addis Ababa to Awash Town, which is located in the central part of the rift valley system 250 km from Addis Ababa, the best place to familiarize with the weather and meet the Kereyu people a step into a quieter, calmer and more natural world enjoy swimming the natural hot spring

Day 3 :

Drive from Awash National Park to Samara the capital city of the Afar regional state, on the way enjoy the beautiful landscape. Here we will finish some paper works- permits for the visit then we continue to a small town called Assaita for An overnight stay at a local hotel.

Day 4 :

We drive to Afdera. P.M facilitate the permit paper from the regional tourist office. Here some more people, who are important for our trip, will accompany us.

Drive from Afdera. At Kusrawad we will start walk to the Erta Alle Volcanic hills (613 meters above sea level) which is 15kms one way. We arrive to Erta Alle around mid night and walk to see the volcanic eruption; the eruption is so colorful and spectacular. We will camp nearby the eruption considering the direction of the wind because of the volcanic acid which is not good for health, anytime any one can see or take a picture. To get Best pictures of the volcano will be a night shooting

This day we will walk back the 15 kms from Earta Alle back to the base and meet the vehicles. Then drive to Ahmedella. Overnight Camping at Ahmedella

Drive to the Lake Asale, salty Lake and visit the salt workers and the merchant from the highland the salt market and the lake and proceed 17 km to Dalol and enjoy the spectacular view and small hill which is colorful by hot spring in several places. The hot spring out with the sulfurs, potash and salt it forms spectacular formation. Then After drive back to Ahmedella for an overnight stay, camping.

Day 8 :

Drive from Ahmedella to Mekele-the capital of Tigray region on the way visit the Afar village over the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley to the western highland

Fly from Mekele to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day, sightseeing in Addis Ababa. Evening we will dine a fare well dinner then after transfer to the air port for your flight back home.

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Danakil Depression; Dallol & Erta Alle Tour