4 Days adventure tour to Danakil Depression (SET28)

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Danakil Depression, Afar Triangle, Afar people, Dallol, Erta Ale active volcano- one of Africa's most striking geographical features is a giant tear across the earth's surface visible even from space: the Great Rift Valley. Extending from the Middle East to Mozambique, the Rift Valley passes in a north-easterly to South-westerly direction right through Ethiopia, endowing the country with some spectacular sights range from hot, dry and barren places to a string of beautiful lakes. This tremendous collapse of the earth's surface occurred at the same time that the Arabia Peninsula, geologically a part of Africa. The Afar Depression is a plate tectonic triple junction where the spreading ridges that are forming the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden emerge on land and meet the East African Rift. The Afar Depression is one of two places on Earth where a mid-ocean ridge can be studied on land, the other being Iceland. While you visit this stunning nature gift you will experience one of the lowest places on earth 120 meter below sea level at Dallol, the breathtaking mineral colors with salt mountains with bubbling spring, Lake Asala, traditional salt extraction by the Afar and Tigray people, Afdera salt lake with Ertale active volcano and much more adventure.

Accommodations/ Hotels

Your choice of Up market/ Midrange/Budget with camping during trekking & adventure trip as per your preferred program

Meal plans

Your choice of meal- BB/HB/FB with all meals during trekking and adventure trip with professional cook at camping.

Transportation (Ground Drives & Domestic Flights)

Your choice of transportation based on the route you pick with Minivans/ Buses/ 4x4s & Domestic flights with walking/hiking, and pack animals during trekking and adventure trips

Entrance fee

All Entrance fee in the sightseeing’s, villages & National parks

Guiding services

Option 1- Professional licensed federal English or your preferred languages speaking guide throughout the trip with a local guides in each destination and scout in the case of attraction sight and national park

Option 2- English speaking driver guide throughout the trip with a local guides in each destination and scout in the case of attraction sight and national park

All activities & services based on your preferred program

Boat trips, pack animals, camel & horse ridding hyena man performance, camping equipments & other activities based on your preferred programs

Water

Daily bottled water

Government tax

Since our company is legal our price include government tax

  • International air/flight tickets,
  • Alcohol beverages,
  • Tourist Insurance,
  • Video filming and photography fees,
  • Tips and items of personal nature like laundry, souvenirs, etc
  • All expense that are not mentioned in the included part

Tour Title

Danakil Depression adventure tour with Ertale volcano and Daloll

Tour Type

Active volcano, desert safari, salt mountains, lowest place on earth

Activity level

Moderate- Vigorous/ Strenuous

Tour Code

SET 28

Tour Duration

4 Days & 3 Nights

Mode of Transportation

Drive & Domestic flights (4x4s is recommended )

No of traveler

Private/Groups/ Joining

Type of accommodation

Camping at Danakil with Optional Up market/ Midrange/ Budget

Attraction Highlights

The Danakil Depression is a desert basin which lies in the Danakil Desert in north-eastern Ethiopia and southern Eritrea. It belongs to the homeland of the Afar people. It laid up to 100 m below sea level one of the lowest spot in the world as a result of tectonic activity caused by plate movements. The presence of many dormant volcanoes including the most active Ertale volcano in the region on this trip you will experience one of the lowest places on earth 120 meter below sea level at Dallol, the breathtaking mineral colors with salt mountains with bubbling spring, Lake Asala, traditional salt extraction by the Afar and Tigray people, Afdera salt lake with Ertale active volcano and much more adventure.

DAY 1- fly Addis ABABA MEKELLE DRIVE AFDERA SALT LAKE (HOT SPRING)

Early in the morning transfer to the airport to fly Mekelle, upon arrival at Mekelle meet with SET adventure team (driver, guide and cook) then directly drive to Afdera, on the way enjoy the dramatic landscape of the Tigray mountain followed by the Afar lowlands that is part of the Great Rift Valley afternoon arrival at Afdera a town called after the salt lake in the settlement where the Ethiopian salt is extracted both in traditional and modern way, upon arrival have lunch and rest on the camping ground till the heat reduce and late afternoon enjoy lake Afdera for a view and hot spring bath, overnight camping.

DAY 2- DRIVE AFDERA DODEM EVENING TREK TO ERTALE ACTIVE VOLCANO

Morning after relaxed breakfast pack the camping material head to the Afar regional tourism office to finishes the necessary permission then escort the regional police and road leader and head to Dodem/ Kusrewad a base camp for the active volcano, arrival lunch break and rest, prepare camel late afternoon have early dinner and start trek to the top of the rim for the active volcano lake and admire the Ertale active volcano through the beautiful evening and take picture spend the night, overnight camping

DAY 3- TREK BACK ERTALE VOLCANO TO DODEM- DRIVE TO HAMEDELLA

Early morning around 5:00 AM start trek back to the base camp Dodem, meet the car and have breakfast then after pack the camping equipment continue driving to Hamedela on the way picnic lunch will be served. Upon arrival rest and shower then late afternoon photograph the caravan that passed through the village, overnight camping

DAY 4- MORNING EXCURSION TO DALLOL SALT MOUNTAINS & LAKE ASALE-DRIVE BACK TO MEKELLE-FLY BACK TO ADDIS ABABA- DEPARTURE

Early in the morning after breakfast head to Daloll to visit the amazing mineral colors with bubbling springs, then to Daloll one of the lowest places on earth 120 meter below sea level and Lake Asale with the salt extraction process activity of the Tigray and Afar people back to base camp after having lunch and pack the camping equipment drive back to Mekelle passing the dramatic landscape of the area, arrival to Mekelle directly transfer to the airport to fly back Addis Ababa upon arrival free time evening traditional dinner in cultural restaurant with live Ethiopian cultural music after transfer to air port for departure.

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