Dallol volcano in Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
Dallol volcano in Danakil Depression, East Ethiopia
Dallol volcano in Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
lava in Erta Ale volcano, Danakil Depression, East Ethiopia
lava in Erta Ale volcano, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
Erupting Erta Alé Volcano, Danakil Depression, East Ethiopia
Camels in Danakil, North Ethiopia
salt extraction in Danakil Depression, Afar area, Ethiopia
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11 days / 10 nights


Standard 3* Hotel or Lodge

Surface drive

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included unless otherwise mentioned

Individual, start from 2 people

Price on request

Departure every week from September to March, on request

Tour code AE01

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Tour Overview

An expedition to one of the most hottest, lowest and geologically active areas on the planet.

Discover some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth: the Danakil Depression, Erta Ale Lava Lake, one of the most permanent lava lake on earth, active volcanoes with boiling lava lakes, lava fields, extraordinary landscapes with different colors of minerals, salt fields, sulfur fields, hot springs and more.

On this trip, you will have a lava trek to visit one of few most permanent lava lakes on the planet, Erta Ale. You will also have the chance to witness an ancient tradition of extracting salt from the salt fields and transporting the salt bars with endless lines of camel caravans for days from the depression to the highland towns. This adventure tour is truly a trip of a life time!

Highlights :

  • Afar people
  • Danakil desert
  • Active lava lake of Erta Ale
  • Rock and salt formations at Dallol
  • Spectacular landscapes

Attention point :

The Danakil is renowned as the hottest place on the earth. Daytime temperatures frequently soar above 50°c. Please note in the Danakil, heat stroke is a real risk and those with heart conditions are advised not to travel.

End of September to February is the coolest time to visit the Danakil depression.

You have also to be aware that you will be obliged to respect strong safety regulations. We will travel in a convoy.

Day by day

Day 1 : Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to your Hotel. If you arrive in the morning, we will arrange a  city tour.

O/N Hotel.

Day 2 : Addis Ababa – Awash National Park (B-L-D)

After breakfast, start driving south of Addis Ababa to Awash National Park through the Great Rift Valley. In the afternoon, game drive around Awash Park.

O/N Bilen Lodge OR Awash Lodge..

Day 3 : Awash – Semera (B-L-D)

In the morning, drive to Semera town which is the center of the Afar regional state. While driving from Awash to Afar you will visit an Afar village. We will pick up our permission and local guide at Semera.

O/N-Semera- Erta Ale- Hotel.

Day 4 : Semera – Lake Afdera (103 meters below sea level) (B-L-D)

Today we will drive North East to Afdera and the landscape keep on changing dramatically as we continue driving North East and so does the climate. We will set our camp around Lake Afdera and will explore the salt extraction area and enjoy the stunning view of the desert with the sun set.

O/N Camping at Lake Afdera.

Day 5 : Afdera – Dodom (Kurseywad) – Erta Ale (B-L-D)

After enjoying the lovely sunrise on Lake Afdera while having breakfast, we will drive to Kursuawad then to Erta Ale. Once we get at the base of the creator, we will take rest and pack for the trek to the Lava Lake on the Lava Fields. At night, nothing prepares you for the amazing view that awaits down the creator where the fire comes out gushing the surface. It is simply spectacular!

O/N Camping.

Day 6 : Erta Ale-Dodom – Hamedela (B-L-D)

Early morning, we will trek back down to the Kursuad camp site, before it starts to be too hot. Up on arrival at the camp, we will have breakfast and get ready for the drive downhill and on the sand and salt fields in the evening, we will walk for a few minute following the camel caravan carrying salt bars from the depression to the highland.

O/N Camping in Hamedela.

Day 7 : Hamedela-Dallol-Hamedela (B-L-D)

Full day exploration of the Dallol area, including the salt extraction area and the sulfer field, and other mine mineral fields After visiting the springs, drive back to campsite at Hamedela.

O/N Camping.

Day 8 : Hamedela– Berahile – Hawzien (B-L-D)

Today we will leave the Danakil depression, drive 52 km south west to reach Berahile. While driving from Berahile to Hawzien, you will see the landscape changing gradually from a desert and salt field to rocky mountain chains On this route, you will have the chance to visit some of the rock-hewn churches of Tigray. O/N: Gheralta Lodge-Hawzien.

Day 9 : Hawzien (B-L-D)

In the morning, walk around the Lodge enjoy the stunning view with the morning sun and spot different species of beautiful birds. You can also visit a Tigre Village near the Lodge. Later on we will also visit some more of the Rock Hewn churches.

O/N Hawzien Gherata Lodge.

Day 10 : Hawzien – Kombolcha (B-L-D)

In the morning, we start driving from Hawzien to Kombolcha. On the way you will still see
some camel caravans and we will also stop at different places for short visit.

O/N Kombolcha Sunny Side Hotel.

Day 11 : Kombolcha – Addis Ababa – Departure (B-L-D)

In the morning, drive to Addis Ababa, from Kombolcha, through Kemise, Ataye, Shewarobit and Debresina. At Kemise, we will have the chance to see multi-tribal local market. In the evening there will be Tropical tours complimentary farewell dinner party (flight schedule permitting). There will not be a better way of ending a trip. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back.

End of tour.

Price and conditions

Included in the tour package : 

  • Overnight accommodations in hotels as indicated (or comparable standard).
  • For the camping comfortable tents and all necessary equipment is provided
  • Boarding as indicated (B= Breakfast/ L=Lunch/ D= Dinner)
  • Professional English-French German Italian Japan speaking guide
  • All excursions and transports as indicated
  • Boat excursions as indicated
  • Entrance fees for all sights and visits as indicated
  • Photos
  • Soft drinks and water

Services not included : 

  • International & internal flights
  • Visa fees
  • Not indicated meals
  • No alcoholic drink
  • Video camera- fees
  • Not mentioned visits and excursions

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