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danakil depression 4 Days tour


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Danakil Depression – 4 Days Tour

The Danakil Depression is one of the hottest, lowest, and driest places on the planet. In the northernmost pocket of Ethiopia, it is home to salt lakes, lava lakes, volcanoes and neon acid springs. The remoteness of the Danakil combined with its extreme climate and striking visuals make it among the most remarkable destinations on the planet.
Visit the incredible Erta Ale  volcano, and spend the night sleeping under the stars by the crater rim. The volcano contains an active lava lake where the thin charcoal crust is pierced by glowing red fissures of searing liquid lava below. The lava spits and splatters, and the lack of guard rails at the crater rim means you can peer directly into the fiery belly, known locally as the ‘gateway to hell’.
-Drive by Lake Asale , one of the two hyper-saline lakes in the Danakil Depression . Lake Asale is one of the most visually striking lakes on Earth.
-Take a dip in Lake Afredera, the second hyper-saline lake in the region. The lake is kept liquid by a system of surrounding hot springs. The extreme salt content means you’ll float effortlessly like the Dead Sea, and you can wash off the salt in one of the nearby hot springs.
-Discover Dallol , a cinder cone volcano in the Danakil Depression. Dallol is a canvas of bright green, reds, and yellows distributed across hundreds of hot acidic springs and mounds of salt deposits. It’s one of the most remarkable geological phenomena in the world.
The Danakil desert contains miles of sprawling salt pans. Local Afar people manually extract the salt from the ground (working under the extreme Danakil sun) and transport the salt back to Mekele 
 via camel caravans. Witnessing this process first-hand is a humbling experience.  
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Mekele Airport to Afar:

Ahmed Ela
After flying in to Mekele you will drive to Ahmed Ella and stop at the entrance of the Afar region to pick up your entrance permit and police to guide you through the gate of the Afar refion. You will overnight in a local hotel.

Day 2

Afar entrance to Ert Ale

Erta ale
In the morning you will go to Ert Ale and again pick up another police officer to ensure security. Together you will drive to Waydoom and after having a meal you will trek for about 3 hours to arrive in the large volcanic crater of the Ert Ale volcanic mountain, a still very active volcano. You will have time to adventure around the area and enjoy visiting the volcano before nightfall. You will camp here for the night.
Overnight:Erta Ale
Accommodation  Camping 

Day 3

 Ert Ale to Ahmed Ella:

Lake afrera
Early morning trek from your campsite descending to Waydoom for breakfast at which point you will be met by your vehicle to drive you Ahmed Ella. When you arrive you will stay in a local hotel.
Overnight: Ahmed Ella
Accommodation  Camping 

Day 4

Ahmed Ella to Dallol to Lake Asale to Mekele:

Lake afrera
In the early morning you will head out to visit the Dallol Depression and witness the amazing bubbling sulfuric acid. Then you will visit Lake Asale which is known for being full of salt and is a salt extracting area. This day also provides opportunities to take a camel caravan before returning back to Mekele via your vehicle.



Prices from  450$ per person.
Prices are per person to join an existing a small group.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Price includes

All entrance fees and licenses as per the program.


Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.


Bottles of water for the trip.


4WD land cruiser including fuel expense and driver’s allowances.


English-speaking guide.


Cooking and camping equipment.


Scout and police service in Afar Region


Camel and camel tires in Afar Region

price excludes

International flights and visa fees.


domestic flight


Activities not mentioned or stated as optional in the itinerary.


Fees for photos and video.


Other personal expenses, souvenirs, tips and gratuities, etc.

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