Danakil Depression Expeditions

Afar Region, Ethiopia‎




9 days

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A tailor-made Afar tour to Erta-ale, Denakil Depression & Awash Tour Itinerary.

Danakil Depression: Erta Ale and Dallol Danakil Depression

It’s one of the remotest, lowest and hottest places of the world in the Great Rift Valley system. This adventure takes you to explore Erta Ale and Dallol volcanoes and visit of the endless Camel Caravans. This part of the world, which is called the Danakil Depression, is one of the remotest, lowest and unique land formations of the world in the Great Rift Valley system. Still it is part of the earth which is unstable and pulling each other to the opposite side. In this adventure you will explore Erta Alle, absolutely unique Lava Lake erupting 24 hours and Dalol, the lowest part of Danakil Depression (116 below sea level) extremely hottest and inhospitable place but enjoyable and extraordinary colorful landscape. It is famous for its fascinating fumaroles amazing rock formations, crystal and mineral deposits. The final part of your adventure takes you to Lake Asale, famous salt mining lake and visits to salt workers when cutting, shaping and loading. Besides, salt merchants along with their endless Camel Caravans will be visited.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation in a private car
  • Live guide
  • Walking tour
  • Coffee ceremony
  • Additional Services
  • Insurance
  • Food & Drinks
  • Tickets

Tour Amenities

Car Parking
Free Coupons
Outdoor Seating
Smoking Allowed
Wireless Internet

Tour Plan

Leave early morning to the dramatic and curvaceous descent from Dessie to Kombolcha all the way to Woldia.

Truly off the beaten track, the 98-sq-km Guassa Plateau has one of the smallest but best protected Afro-alpine habitats in Ethiopia. In fact, it’s been a locally managed natural resource management area since the 17th century. The most notable wildlife are the three dozen Ethiopian wolf (best seen 6am to 7am and 4pm to 7pm) and the many gelada monkeys. There are also some leopards, spotted hyenas, servals, klipspringers and honey badgers. The locally common Auger buzzard (one of many raptors) and endangered Ankober serin are two of 114 bird species.

Early morning depart to Mekele & start preparation for the Afar trip.

Overnight Hotel.

Early in the morning after breakfast drive (at around 7 am) from Mekelle to Barehala ,where you will have two hours rest under the shade and your guide will be facilitated to have the armed Afar scout , the experienced Afar local guide, and the your entrance fee for the Eritael and Dalol.

After compelling all your logistics here keep driving to Amedella  and on the way you will admire and appreciate the cultural value of the Afar societies and their traditional house in these very desert places of the world.

Overnight camping at Amedella.

Morning drive excursion to the Dallol, the lowest area in the world, unique land formation and natural hot springs with different colures and salt hills. Drive around 20 kms to Lake Asela (Salt Lake) to see the Salt production area where the peoples work on the salt excavation and taking the produced salt with their own camels. You might be surprised when you see producing a salt simply like an earth sail by digging. Here you will have also an opportunity to visit the different colors of the earth in combination and an interesting color of Hot spring, the tradition of Camel caravan and then back to Amedella for your overnight.

Drive to Dodem and admire the volcanic surrounding area and continue to Ertale from where the most extraordinary volcanic eruption. Spending the whole day at Erta-Ale, enjoy the marvelous view of the active volcanic eruption, the dry lava around the Crater Lake and at night the volcanic Eruption becomes more colorful. It is very amassing; you will ever and never see such a kind of event in your life. Around 09:00 start to descend to our camp.

Overnight camping at Ertale.

Drive to Dodem through the very sandy road of the area and appreciate the geothermal condition of the Afar region and keep driving to Dodem. Drives towards the East to Semera, the capital of the Afar Region, on the way enjoy the beautiful Ethiopian rift valley landscape.

Overnight at Camping.

Drive from semera to Awash Town, which is located in the central part of the rift valley system 250 km from Addis Ababa, the best place to familiarize yourself with the weather and the Kereyu people a step into a quieter, calmer and more natural world.

Overnight at Awash falls Lodge.

A full day  Bird  watching  and  game viewing  in  the  superb  lowland  of Awash National Park. It provides a great numbers of bird species like the Swallow tailed Kite, Martial and Imperial Eagles, Nubian (or Lappet faced)  Vulture,  Gabar  goshawk, Shikra, W hite faced scoops Owl, pearl spotted owlet, white backed and Egyptian VultuApart  from these birds of prey, the thorny   bushes   of   Awash   and   the ravines  forests  by  Awash  river  falls also accommodating a variety of different species. Secretary Bird, Red winged Bush Lark,  Ashy and Gillett's cist colas, Somali Fiscal, Gre at gray Shrike, Sulpher breasted and Grey headed Bush Shrikes, Cardinal and Bearded wood peckers, about five species of Bustards, Somali Golden, breasted Buntings, Red bill and Ye llow bill  Hornbills,  Acacia  paradise  and steel blue whydahs, Grey wren warbler,  Green  winged  Pytilia,  the two species of sand grouses, different social   weavers,   Red   and   Ye llow Barbet, Rosy patched shrike and a lot of other bird species could be seen i n this wonderful birding site. Awash NP is not only good for birding but also for game viewing. Lesser and Greater kudus, Somme ring's Guzzle, Defersa water buck, Hamadrys Baboon, Black backed Jackal and Lions (if lucky) are some of the mammals we are expecting. Tonight we may have a short-range night drive for the night jars and other activities. Overnight in Awash Falls Lodge

In the morning after your breakfast have a short sightseeing tour in the Awash national Park and start driving to Addis Ababa and have stop at Debre Zaite for your recreation and then start driving back to Addis Ababa. Last but not least, farewell traditional dinner in one of the renowned traditional restaurant in town

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    We always stay at here when in town. The location is great, staff is wonderful and we love the overall feel. Beautiful view from the here.

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