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Visit the Danakil Depression: Lying 100m and more below sea level, the place is about the hottest and most inhospitable place on earth. In fact it’s so surreal that it doesn’t feel like part of earth at all. Bubbling volcanoes light up the night sky, sulphurous mounds of yellow contort into other-worldly shapes, and mirages of camels cross lakes of salt.

In fact it’s so surreal that it doesn’t feel like part of earth at all. If you want genuine, raw adventure, few corners of the globe can match this overwhelming wilderness. But come prepared because with temperatures frequently saying hello to 50°C and appalling ‘roads’, visiting this region is more an expedition than a tour.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Fly Addis – Mekele // Drive to Hamed Ela via Berhaile

The small town of Berhale where the camel caravans stop before they proceed to the northern highlands.

The Salt Workers area where you will see salt mining and camel caravans. Here you will observe salt cutting and shaping, followed by loading the salt blocks on to the camel caravans for transport.

The alien Dallol landscape where you will enjoy gorgeous views of the unusual scenery. The spectacular colors of the hot springs were created by sulfur and other mineral compounds.

Finally drive back to your campsite via the saline Lake Asale. There you will enjoy a spectacular sunset before driving back to Hamed Ela for your overnight accommodations.

Day 2

Your Plan

This day will take you to explore Erta Ale. The Erta Ale Volcanic hills are 613 meters above sea level and are home to the most active volcano in Ethiopia. Walking up the volcano will commence after sunset so we can enjoy cooler temperatures. As the erection of a new paved route leading to Erta Ale has recently been completed, it will only take an average 1 hour of hiking after getting off your vehicles to reach the crater (The old route used to take ~ 3 – 4 hours of hiking on a rugged terrain).

Nighttime is best for viewing the bubbling lava lake and photographic opportunities are incredible. After watching the eruption, you will camp nearby on the crater rim.

Day 3

Drive Erta Ale – Afdera

• Lake Afdera is another one of the Danakil Depression’s ultra-saline lakes. Lake Afdera, a highly saline body of water and lies at an altitude of 103 meters below sea level and listed as one of the lowest-lying in the world. Here you will visit the salt extraction of the Afar people from the lake.

Day 4

Drive Afdera – Mekelle// Fly back to Addis

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