The Danakil Depression, also called Dallol Depression, is a desert with some areas that are more than 100 meters below sea level. This is special because it is one of the lowest points on earth not covered by water. There are hot yellow sulfur fields among the sparkling white salt beds. Heat isn't the only thing people feel in the Dallol Depression. Alarming earth tremors are frequently felt. There are also several active volcanoes. So just how hot is it at the Dallol Depression.
The people who are living in the region are Afar tribes, they are pastoralists and some of them engaged in salt mining as the depression is covered with salt. The most attraction in the region is Erta Ale, Active volcano, which is so magnificent attraction due to its different colorful lava flowing from the crust of the earth.
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Day 1: Drive to Erta ale (200 Km aspahlt & 45km sand road, total 245km from Mekelle)
After having an early breakfast (possible at 06:30) you will drive to Erta ale. Up on arrival at Dodom take rest, relax & fill your energy for trek to Erta ale (17Km from Dodom) that takes approximately 3 hrs trekking.
Early dinner around 17:00 then as the sun sets, you leave behind the cars, use Camel to transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses, mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where you spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. 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. Overnight at the rim of the Volcano.
Day 2: Drive to back to Mekele via Abala (245 KMS)
Early the next morning, you will descend from Mount Erta ale, returning to the base camp Dodom for a well-earned breakfast. After having a breakfast & brief break you will drive to Mekele (240 Km from Erta ale) via the small towns of Habala and Erepti.
Cost: $450 per person
Duration: 2 days from Mekele to Mekele.
Group Size: at least 5 Pax or join our group
vehicle latest model Toyota with Experienced English speaking driver throughout the Tour.
All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
Non-Alcoholic Beverages with meals as per the program and plenty 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.
Experienced cook throughout of the tour as per the program.
For the duration of the trip we are responsible for all meals, waters entrance fees, accommodation, security, and transportation. Duration – two days from Mekele to Mekele.
Danakil Deperssion (Dallol & Earta ale) security is a safe area. Mobile coverage is now available in the camping site of Hamed Ela village, Dallol area and on the road between Hamed Ela to Erta ale volcano. Tours travel in convoy and it is prerequisite to have security (Soldiers, & local Militants) when visiting the Danakil.