ETT-5403: Danakil 3 Days Tour

Departure Date



3 days



Maximum Seats


Tour Overview

Day 1


At 9:30 am depart Mekele and we will drive to Erta Ale. 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 the camping site, located about 3 km from Erta Ale. 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 613 meters, 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. Dinner will be served around 17:00 pm hours. After a short break, we will trek up to Ertale at 20:00 pm 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.
Day 2


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, 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 06:00 am – trek down to the camp and after an early breakfast, we will drive to Lake Afrera where you will be relaxing and swimming on the salt water 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 then to proceed to Abaala which is a small town where the company guest house located.
Day 3

Sunrise at salt lake

Morning drive to Hamed Ela through stop over at Berhale where we normally stops for breakfast and lunch then proceed to Danakil where we start our tour by visiting the beautiful and colorful landscape which has been formed by different acidic eruptions then to proceed to the beautiful and amazing naturally architecture salt mountain then to proceed to the bubble lake one of the most fascinating lake which has been created by the volcanic activity which is in a very high iron concentrated color continuing our 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. + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter 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.


  • 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 4WD Land-cruiser

  • Local guide service for the afar region as per the program

  • Cooking and camping equipment

  • Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program

  • Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program

  • Minimum of 2 cars per trip with local security


  • Any alcoholic drinks

  • Any videography or camera fee if needed

  • Laundry service

  • Any expense of Personal items like, internet, fax, telephone

  • Services which are not mentioned in the above section

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