Let’s Visit the Danakil
Three Days Danakil Tour
Come and join us on a trip to visit one of Ethiopia’s most unique and amazing natural attractions. Please be aware that toilet and sleeping arrangements on this trip are very basic and you need to be prepared to rough it for 3 days without a shower or much privacy. You also need to be prepared to hike up and down a volcano around Protected content depending on your pace and walk on uneven ground at the sulphur depression. You will hike up at night so a good torch is essential. However what you will see makes up for the rough conditions.
The starting point is the town of Mekale, Capital of the Afar region. It is suggested that you fly up the night before taking Flight Protected content Addis at 6pm and arriving 1 hour, 20 minutes later. However you can also choose to save on a night’s accommodation and fly up early at 7am the next day and still arrive in time to join the tour.
We start our day by driving to Erta Ale (which means smoky mountain in Afar language). 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. It is Protected content , 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.
We start early 9:00 AM, drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). This is may be one of the roughest roads in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm lined oasis. After passing several small hamlets scattered here and there in this deserted land, you will arrive to Dodom camping site, located about 17km from Erta Ale.
Dinner will be served around 17:00 o’clock. After a short break, trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels will be transporting all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. You will spend the night on top of the mountain, at the rim of the Volcano.
Early Morning sun rise at the northern one corresponds to the main pit crater and walk 5 minutes for the southern and central pits could either corresponds to an ancient pit, or to a simple collapse structure. The main pit-crater, Protected content deep and Protected content across, is sub circular and three storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about Protected content deep. Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00 o’clock.
You will reach latest at 10:30 o’clock at the camp, where you will be relaxing. As soon as possible, drive to reach the mythical Lake Giulietti (or Lake Afrera)(optional may not be available during summer time), a salt water lake located more than100 meters below sea level, in one of the deepest depressions of the planet. Because of the pictureqsue landscape, it is interesting to visit the salt flats where the Afar people obtain the salt by evaporating the water of the lake., continue to Erbiti and proceed Abaala/ Hamed ela
Day 3: Danakil to Mekele
Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of workers breaking salts from the ground, cutting in to 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 Protected content below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans (No camel caravan on July, August and early September) and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.
End of Danakil tour. You will take the 7.50pm flight back to Addis arriving at 9.10pm
The price is Protected content for Single , Protected content Twin (Sharing )
and Protected content Double - note this refers to a hotel room in Mekale only - on the volcano rim and in the desert, there are no rooms.
If you do not want to stay in Mekale the cost is Protected content
The price Includes
• All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
• Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour but not dinner in Mekale
• Bottles of water for the trip.
• Surface Transport expense with four wheel drive Land-cruiser including fuel expense and drivers allowance
• Local guide service for the afar region as per the program.
• Cooking, camping equipment,
• Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.
• Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program.
For the duration of the trip the tour is responsible for all meals, water, entrance fees, accommodation, security and transportation.
. Airport Transfer - the tour company will pick you up from the airport when you arrive and take you to the hotel or meeting point and bring you back
A return flight to Mekale costs Protected content with residence card. Please book your own flights
Please pay for the trip and hotel via bank transfer at any branch of Commercial Bank at the bank’s transfer exchange rate with USD - note you do not need to have an account to do this just the cash.
Closing date for payment is 23rd November to confirm a place on the trip.
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