The Danakil Depression is located in the northern part of the great rife valley in Ethiopia. It is here where the widest part of the rift in Ethiopia is located. This region is a lowland region with semi-desert and desert climate. Geologically the Danakil area is the most unstable one in the country having many places of active volcano.
Day 1: Fly to Mekelle, city tour in the city and overnight in a hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast drive to Hamed Ela through rocky terrain. O/n camping.
Day 3: After early breakfast drive to Dalol about 20km. in the north to visit the x-phosphate-mining escarpment. The main attractions in this area are the multi- color sulphurous hot springs, the strange wavy rock formations covered with orange deposits that look rather like deliberately dyed. On the way back to the base camp, visit lake Asale the salt extraction site. O/n in the camp.
Day 4: After early breakfast drive to Erta Ale Lava Lake. It is a volcano with 30km.base diameter and 1km2 caldera at its summit. It contains the world’s only permanent lava lake that measures 100m x 60m.Scientiste think that the lake has a continuous link with a shallow magma chamber that supplies it with magma. After the village of El Dom drive some 15km to reach the base of Erta Ale, the remaining distance will be walked on foot or on camel’s back. The trekking will preferably be in the evening overnight stay there and early in the morning, descend to the base (El Dom).
Day 5: After breakfast drive to lake Afdera about 80km. southeast of Erta Ale at an average altitude of 103m below the sea level. The lake extends about 100km2.It is a saline water body and is a main salt extraction site. O/n camping in the village near the lake area.
Day 6: After breakfast drive to Sedro 150km to the south. O/n camping.
Day 7: After breakfast drive to Awash National Park, that is 395km.to the southeast. On the way game viewing at Yangudi Rassa national Park where one can see animals like; Wild ass, Beisa Oryx, Anubis baboon, Hamadryas baboon, Ostrich and many other scrub birds. Lunch at Gewane and proceed to Awash town near the namesake Park for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8: After breakfast, visit Awash National Park, which was established in 1966. It has a total area of 756km2, 81 recorded species of wild mammals, more than 350 species of birds. Beisa Oryx, Soemmering’s gazelle, Anubis baboon, Black backed jackal, Grivet monkey, etc and many birds will be seen in the park. Then, drive to Addis.
Note: It is possible to combine this program with Program to Harar and with the historic route& to Djibouti through our company or through our Agents in Djibouti
Those visitors who want to visit the Danakil depressions need to be informed that they will pass through lowland areas that descend up to 116m below sea level and make themselves ready to such environment.