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4 Day Danakil Depression Tour, Ethiopia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 3 - 7 day(s)
Group Size: 5 - 20 people
Destination(s): Ethiopia  
Specialty Categories: Volcano Tours   Camping  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 450 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 750 US Dollar (USD)

Danakil Depression is one of the unique geological regions on earth. A strange and mysterious landscape - scattered with noxious hot springs, frozen black-lava flows, and massive salt basins left over from ancient lakes – it is one of the most tectonically active places on the planet In stark contrast to the cool, temperate Ethiopian highlands, it is also one of the lowest, driest, and hottest places on earth. The lowest point (155m/509 ft below sea level) on the African continent, the Danakil is where the famous 32.million-year-old fossil hominid "Lucy" was discovered in 1974. A trip to the Danakil is full of adventure and surely one you will never forget.

Day 1: Fly to Mekelle-Drive to Dodom-Volcano.
We drive from Mekele to - Dodom. We start early to drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). Leave after an early breakfast, possible at 07:30. This is may be one of the worst roads in the world. The 70 km distance may take about 5 hrs passing through changing the landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm-lined oasis. After you pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, Dodom is about 9.5km from Erta Ale and it takes about 3 hrs trekking. Early dinner around 5 pm and trek up to Ertale at 8 pm. Camels transport 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. 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 on the top of the mountain. Erta Ale 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. Overnight: camping on the mountain.

Day 2: Dodem –Hammedele.
Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom - Hamd Ela. Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00. You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp, time to relax. After a drive to reach Hamad Ela, better village with a total population about 500 people. Overnight: Hamedela (camping).

Day 3: Hamedela-Mekele.
Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look at 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.

Day 4: Addis - Departure.
This day you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Addis. In the evening attend a folkloric dinner where you will have a chance to taste several national dishes and watch dances of the various ethnic groups of Ethiopia. The traditional coffee ceremony will also be served. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.

Tour Guide Credentials:
This tour will be done by a professional tour guide.

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

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All fuel expenses and drivers allowances
- Plenty of bottles of water
- All needed Entrance fees
- Twin Room Accommodations In All hotel
- Full board meal with soft drinks
- Local guide service
- Cooking, camping equipment (Experienced cook throughout the whole tour)
- Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program

This tour is a group tour but based on your no we will amend the price accordingly.

About This Supplier
Location: Ethiopia
Joined InfoHub: Oct 2017

We were born and grew up in the heart of Addis Ababa and we studied Tour Operation, Guiding and Tourism Management at one of the prestigious and the first higher institution in the country with degree program. We started working as a tour guide in Addis Ababa and its surrounding attraction and we have great foreign...

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