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 expedition, 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 caravan for days from the depression to the highland towns.
You will also discovery the east part of Ethiopia with the medieval walled city of Harar and Dire Dawa. Harar is considered to be the fourth most sacred center of the Islamic world.
- Afar people
- Danakil desert
- Active lava lake of Erta Ale
- Rock and salt formations at Dallol
- Spectacular landscapes of volcanoes, desert and highlands
- Dire Dawa (Railway station…)
- Harar (Jugol, Rimbaud House, Hyena show…)
- Awash National Park
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 in the Danakil depression.
Day 1. Addis Ababa – Arrival
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.
Day 2. Addis Ababa – Hawzien (B-L-D)
Flight from Addis Abeba to Mekele. City Tour. Afternoon drive to Hawzien. On the way, visit Abune Yemata rock hewn church.
O/N Gheralta Lodge.
Day 3. Hawzien (B-L-D)
Morning visit Yohannes Maequdi rock hewn churches. Afternoon visit Abreha Atbeha rock hewn churches.
O/N Gheralta Lodge.
Day 04. Hawzien – Hamedela (B-L-D)
Morning drive from Hawzien to Hamed Ela. Afternoon visit the deepest point of the Danakil Depression.
Day 05. Hamedela – Erta Ale (B-L-D)
Drive Hamedela to Erta Ale volcano. In the evening and during the night trekking to the crater Erta Ale.
Day 06. Erta Ale-Afdera (B-L-D)
Drive Erta Ale to Afdera. Visit of the lake and salt formations.
Day 07. Afdera – Awash National Park (B-L-D)
Drive from Afdera to Awash National Park. Late afternoon, game drive in the National Park.
O/N Awash falls Lodge.
Day 08. Awash National Park – Harar – Dire Dawa (B-L-D)
Drive from Awash to Harar. Evening, Hyena show.
O/N Samerat Hotel in Dire Dawa.
Day 09. Dire Dawa – Harar – Dire Dawa (B-L-D)
Drive from Dire Dawa to Harar. Very early the morning, visit the famous chat market “Aweday” and after arrival in Harar, visits of Harar (city tour, Rimbaud House, Jugol, view on the town, museums…). Drive back to Dire Dawa for the night.
O/N in Hotel.
Day 10. Dire Dawa – Addis Ababa (B-L-D)
Drive or Flight back to Addis Ababa. If possible city tour of Addis Ababa. In the evening traditional farewell-dinner with presentations of traditional dances.
End of the tour. Departure.
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
- 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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