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7 Day Tour to Danakil Depression, Afdera and Erta Ale Volcano, Ethiopia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 30 people
Destination(s): Ethiopia  
Specialty Categories: Volcano Tours  
Season: September - May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1935 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2810 US Dollar (USD)

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 landscape is dotted with bright yellow sulfur fields, green crystal pools, and sparkling salt beds. This is the Danakil Depression, a basin in north-eastern Ethiopia, close to the Red Sea. It is one of the lowest points on earth not covered by water. Danakil is renowned for being the place with the highest average temperature on Earth. It tops 34 °C every day of the year and soars to 55 °C in the summer. Temperatures can reach as high as 63 °C in the sun.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Flight to Semera.
Early morning, a flight will take you to Semera. There you will check into a hotel. Finish all the formalities in Semera where you will get your Afar permits and we will pick up the mandatory scouts and road leaders. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in the Local hotel.

Day 2: Drive to Afdera.
Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Afdera (244 Km from Semra) via Serdo on a track through the desolate landscape with only some coned shaped volcano’s here and there to Afdera salt lake ( Lake Afdera is a wonderfully bright green lake situated with black basalt mountains behind. Here you can see salt extraction from the Lake, where the Afar nomads continue the same activities for a century. The salt extraction here is the main supply of salt to the country). Late in the afternoon, you will visit the salt extractors at the lakeside. In the evening you will stretch your tent. You will have dinner and stay the night in the tent. Overnight stay camping at Afdera.

Day 3: Drive Erta ale via Kusurawde.
You will have breakfast & drive to Erta ale via Kusurawde (60 km from Afdera) and continue to drive to Dodom (20 Km from Kusurawde), a nearby settlement to Erta ale (the Erta Ale volcano has been in a constant state of eruption). Today is an early-to-rise start at 2 am to start your hike (approximately 10 km from Dodom) to the crater rim of the Erta Ale volcano. At the top, you will peer down at the permanent lava lake (the only one in the world!) while the sun rises over the horizon. After the hike, back to camp and a bit of breakfast, you’ll continue driving to Hamed Ella for overnight.

Day 4: Drive to Hamed Ela.
Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Hamed Ela (approximately 30 Km from Erta ale). Late in the afternoon, you will walk for a few minute following the camel caravan carrying salt bars from the depression to the highland. In the evening you will stretch your tent. You will have dinner and stay the night in the tent. Overnight stay camping at Hamed Ela.

Day 5: Drive to Dallol.
An early morning drive will take a day trip to Dallol, (which at 116 m below sea level is the lowest point on the African continent and 120 km from Hamed Ella). Here the landscape is beautiful, the ground many shades of red and yellow from the hot water, acids and minerals spurting up from the ground). You will also visit Lake Asale, which is the salt lake from which the Afar nomads extract salt. Late afternoon drive back to Hamed Ella for overnight camping. You will have dinner and stay the night in the tent. Overnight stay camping at Hamed Ella.

Day 6: Drive to Mekelle and flight back to Addis Ababa.
Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Mekelle (170 Km from Hamed Ela) via Berhaile. You will see the camel caravans along the way, carrying salt from the salt lake to Mekele for sale. Then you will arrive in Mekelle (late afternoon). You will check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay at Axum Hotel, Mekelle.

Day 7: Flight back to Addis Ababa.
After a relaxed breakfast, a flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa midday/early afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally, you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for the return flight back home.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Fuel
- Domestic flights
- All transfer in & out,
- Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis (i.e sharing a Double room) including Breakfast
- Meals on Full-board basis (B, L& D) during camping days
- Professional English Speaking guide
- Cook, Cook assistance, camping materials (tents, mattress, and sleeping bags) and Kitchen Utensils for camping days
- All entrance fees, local guide fee, 2 Soldiers from Semera, 1 Militia at Afdera, Earta ale and Dallol, and camel
- Bottled natural water every day, 3 Litre per person from Afar
- VAT tax.

Price Excludes:
- International flight
- Personal expenses (tips, photo and video fees, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),
- Meals (Lunch and Dinner) except camping days
- Any other services/expenses not mentioned above.

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