Danakil Depression and Erta Ale
tour code - FT - 015
- 5 Days & 4 Nights
- Availability - Any Time
- Hamed Ela, Erta Ale
General about this Tour
Ethiopia offers a wealth of attractions for culture buffs, from centuries old rock-hewn churches to atmospheric, historical towns and grand castles.
There are hundreds of rock- hewn churches found in Tigray Region built in the 12th to the 15th century, most of them perched in inaccessible mountain tops. The majority of them are concentrated around Hawzien, Adigrat and wiqro.
Lalibella could be considered as the 8th wonder of the world. A cluster of eleven churches divided in to two groups are all hewn out of solid rocks. These amazing fits of architecher were able to be achieved in the 12th century.
On this stretch of the country are found many of the famous touristic sight like to Blue Nile Gorge, the “Tis Isat “ or smoking water of the Nile Falls and Bahirdar town by the Lake Tana with its 12th -15th century Island Monasteries.
Further up North is the Gondar town with its 17th century castles and early medieval age churches with fantastic wall paintings.
The Semien Mountains, rightly known as the ‘Roof of Africa”, is among some of the natural wonders of the world. With its breath taking scenic beauty and endemic wild life like the Gelada Baboon, Ibex and Mountain Nyala, it is an ideal place for easy as well as serious hikers and mountain climbers.
- Botteld water
- Accomudation / Hotel / Lodge
- Tour Guide / Local Guides / Driver Guide
- Entrance Fees
- Boat trip on Lake Tana
- All transportation in destination location
Day 1ADDIS - MEKELE - HAMEDELA ELA
You will be met in Mekele by your drivers and will proceed driving to Hamed Ila via Berehale, where you will pick up police scouts, road guides and permits for the Afar region. From Berehale, proceed driving to Hamed Ila. We will see the camel caravans along the way, carrying salt from the salt lake to Mekele for sale.
Overnight in Comping
Day 2HAMEDE ELA - ERTA ALE
From Hamed Ila, continue to Erta Ale via Kursuwad. The Erta Ale volcano has been in a constant state of eruption for over 40 years. As the sun goes down you will start the 3-hour hike up to the crater rim of the Erta Ale volcano. The hike may be done by camel or on foot. At the top you will descend into the caldera and proceed to the crater’s edge. Here you will see the permanent lava lake inside the volcano (the only permanent lava lake in the world).
Overnight in Comping
Day 3ERTA ALE - AFDERA
Today is an early morning start to witness the sun rise over the horizon. You will have your last look at the volcano’s lake of lava before descending from the volcano. After breakfast, proceed driving to Lake Afdera, another salt lake. Here you will witness the more modern form of salt mining. There is a nearby mineral spring where you can take a bath. Overnight in Comping.
Day 4AFDERA - HAMED ELA
Today will be a full day driving back to Hamed Ila through the arid desert land of the Afar people. Overnight camping at Hamed Ila. Overnight in Comping
Day 5HAMED ELA - MEKELE - ADDIS
After breakfast, depart for Dallol, which at 116m below sea level is the lowest point on the African continent. Admire the stunning landscape, the ground many shades of red, yellow and orange from the hot water, acids and minerals spurting up from the ground. Continue to Lake Asale, which is the salt-lake from which the Afar nomads extract salt. You will witness (and even try) their laborious task of removing salt from the ground as hundreds of camels relax before the long trek back to Mekele. After the visit, proceed back to Mekele, with your last views of this desert and the camel caravans dotting the horizon.
END OF TOUR