The Danakil Depression can be said to ‘begin’ here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the sulfur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level; You pass through a small town of Berhale where the camel caravan stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long camel caravans coming to the salt mine and others going out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. (3-4 hrs drive) Camp Hamedela. After a drive to reach Hamad Ela, better village with a total population of about 500 people. Sunset at Dallol. Overnight camping at Hamed Ela.
Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of breaking the salt from the ground, cutting into 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 (116 meters below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.
OPTION - 2
Danakil - 2 days
Day 1 - Mekele to Askoma Via Abaala/New Ertale volcano
We start early via Abala to the New Erta Ale volcano, shortly after a 06:30 breakfast, and drive to Askoma at the base of new Erta Ale. The 180 km distance may take about 6 to 7 hrs passing through changing the landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and the occasional palm-lined oasis. You pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, before reaching Askoma village or parking area. You will trek from Askoma to the new Erta Ale which takes about 30 minutes. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to the Erta Ale. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food, sleeping materials, mattresses, and water, to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. New Erta Ale is part of volcano mountain chain 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. New Erta Ale is part of the world’s only permanent lava lake and you will spend an unforgettable night on the top of the mountain. The magma flow moved 3.5 km south from old Erta Ale to the New eruption point. overnight at the rim of the Volacano.
Early Morning sunrise 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, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three-storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00.
You will reach the latest at 10:30 am at the camp, time to relax. After a drive to the mythical Lake Giulietti (or lake Afrera), a saltwater lake located more than100 meters below sea level, in one of the deepest depressions of the planet. Because of the picturesque landscape, it is interesting to visit the salt flats where the Afar people obtain the salt by evaporating the water of the lake. reach Eript, a better village with a total population of about 500 people. Drive to Erbiti and proceed to Mekele.
(Ertale may not be as active as before and its activity at flank eruption slows down)
Cost - $250 USD
– All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
– Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
– Bottles of water for the trip.
– Surface Transport expense with four wheels 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.
– Government Taxes-VAT.
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 security is a safe area. Mobile coverage is now available in the camping site of Hamedela village, Dallol area and on the road between Hamedela to Ertale volcano. Tours travel in convoy and it is prerequisite to have security when visiting the Danakil.
Private car: Lalibela, from Lalibela to Mekele we offer private cars which you can share with other travelers or private. (COMPLIMENTARY)