Adventure Tour to Dallol, Erta Ale and the Danakil Depression I

Program: Adventure Tour Dallol, Erta Ale and the Danakil depression

Code: 027

Transport: Air and surface

Duration: 10 days and 09 nights


Day 01 – Sightseeing of Addis Ababa

Arrival Addis Ababa and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time make sightseeing in Addis Ababa Overnight stay Hotel

Day 02 – Addis Ababa – Axum

Full day visit historic sites it was once the capital of the Ethiopian kings and the oldest ancient civilization in the world and represented a connecting-point b/n Africa and Asia for almost a thousand year. Some of the archaeological sites can give you an idea of the former high standard of civilization. Visit the famous steles, see the churches of St. Mary of Zion, which contain the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures and the tomb of king Kaleb. Overnight stay Hotel

Day 03 – Axum – Hauzen

Visiting the ancient Temple of Yeha (5th Century BC), and the rock-hewn church of Tigray, Medhanialem adi Kesho on the way, drive to Hauzen. On your way, enjoy the scenic and historic range of Adewa Mountains. From your lodge, you can enjoy the sunset behind the Geraltha Mountains. Overnight stay Geraltha Lodge

Day 04 – Hauzen – Mekelle

Visiting the rock-hewn churches of Mariam Korkor, Abrha we Atsbeha and Wukro Cherkos, then drive 150 km to Mekelle – the regional capital of Tigray. Overnight stay Hotel

Day 05 – Mekelle – Ahmed Ela

With an early start drive to Ahmed Ela visiting the people of Tigre and the nomadic people of Afar.  At Ahmed Ela, visit the deep-water wells used by the nomadic people of Afar, and the interesting Camel Caravans, which transport bars of salt to the Tigray Highlands. Overnight stay Camping Ahmed Ela

Day 06 – Ahmed Ela – Dallol (in the Denakil Depression) – Ahmed Ela

In the morning, drive to one of the lowest points on earth, Dallol (116 meters below sea level) to see the wonderful and colorful formation of sulfur and phosphorus. And after lunch you will visit the salt lake of Asale and discover how people get salt in traditional ways. Overnight stay Camping

Day 07 – Ahmed Ela – Dodom – Erta’ale

Drive to Dodom, and after arranging mules to transport luggage and camping gear, and around the sunset start hiking to the active volcanic eruption of Erta’ale, which takes about 5 – 6 hours. Spend, the rest of the night at the rim. Overnight Stay camping

Day 08 – Erta’ale – Afdera

Trek back to the place where you left your cars, and drive to the salt lake of Afdera.

Overnight stay Camping

Day 09 – Afdera – Awash

Visiting Lake Afdera in the morning, drive across the desert landscape to Semera. On your way, stop to visit hot springs.

Overnight stay Hotel

Day 10 – Awash – Addis + departure

Drive back to Addis. Have a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can taste the variety of Ethiopian meals, and see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopians.

Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure. End Tour