Ethiopia Volcano Safari
Ethiopia Volcano Safari is a 4-day safari in Ethiopia. This African safari in Ethiopia starts and ends in Mekele.
About The 4 Day Ethiopia Volcano Safari
You will visit great sceneries that include Erta Ale Volcano. Your accommodation on this 4-day Ethiopia safari will be in tents. You will have an opportunity to try out salt mining with the Afar people. This Ethiopia volcano safari takes you to the lowest point in Africa.
- Salt Pans
4 Day Ethiopia Volcano Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Mekele – Afdera village
You will be met by our driver guide in Mekele. He will brief you on this 4 day Ethiopia volcano safari. With all camping gear and luggage ready, it’s time to depart. Your Ethiopia volcano safari will proceed into the Danakil Depression.
Today’s journey will be mostly by asphalt road. You will be heading to Afdera via Abala town. This is where the local Afar regional police will accompany the Ethiopia safari trip. Today’s night will be spent under the star filled African sky. You’ll set your camp in Afdera Village.
Day 2: Afdera village – Erta Ale volcano
You will begin this day on Ethiopia volcano safari with warm breakfast. This will be followed by a morning visit to Lake Afdera. This is a salty lake nearly 100 kmsq.
When you are here you can see the modern way of salt mining. This is the place that provides most of the salt for Ethiopia. You are allowed to swim in the lake as well as the nearby hot spring.
This Ethiopia Volcano safari will then proceed to Erta Ale via Kursuwad. The Erta Ale volcano has been in a constant state of eruption for over 40 years. You will enjoy the views as you wait for the sun to go down.
This will be the starts of a 3-hour hike up to the crater rim of the Erta Ale volcano. This hike can either be on foot or can be done by camel. At the top, you’ll descend into the Caldera and proceed to the crater’s edge.
It is time to enjoy the sight of the permanent lava lake inside the volcano. This is the only permanent lava lake in the world. Your overnight will be on the rim of the volcano caldera in a crude hut.
About the Erta Ale volcano
Erta Ale volcano is a large basaltic shield volcano in the Erta Ale volcanic range in the central northern Danakil depression (NE Ethiopia).
It is famed for its persistent lava lake which has been active during most of the past decades since it was first discovered in the 1960s.
Erta Ale is only 613 m high, but as typical for a shield volcano has a very gentle slope and a large 40 km diameter base.
The summit is truncated by a complex, elongated 1700 x 600 m wide caldera which contains vast lava flows and several larger and smaller pit craters, most notably the active north and south crater, which contains the lava lake at present.
Erta Ale is one of the main attractions of the Danakil, and had become a popular tour destination in recent years.
Erta Ale is one of the few volcanoes on the world that have an almost persistent lava lake. It is an isolated basaltic shield volcano, 50 km wide, rising more than 600 m from below sea level in the barren Danakil depression.
The volcano contains a 0.7 x 1.6 km elliptical summit crater with several steep-sided pit craters, one of them containing a lava lake.
Another larger 1.8 x 3.1 km wide depression, elongated parallel to the trend of the Erta Ale range is located to the SE of the summit and is bounded by curvilinear fault scarps on the SE side.
Fresh-looking basaltic lava flows from these fissures have poured into the caldera and locally overflowed its rim.
The summit caldera is renowned for one, or sometimes two long-term lava lakes that have been active since at least 1967, or possibly since 1906. Recent fissure eruptions have occurred on the northern flank of Erta Ale.
Day 3: Erta Ale volcano – Hamed Ila village
Another early morning start on this Ethiopia Volcano safari. You will be up in time to witness the sun rise over the horizon.
You will have a last look at the volcano’s lake of lava. This is before descending from the volcano. This will be followed by your breakfast down the volcano. Your Ethiopia volcano safari will then depart for Hamed Ila.
This drive will take you through the arid desert land of the Afar people. In Hamed Ila you will see the life of the local Afar people. You will also witness the camel caravans.
This is on their way in and out from the salt lakes. Tonight’s sleep will be camping under the stars in Hamed Ila village.
Day 4: Hamed Ila village – Dallol
You will wake up to your morning breakfast on the Ethiopia volcano safari. This will be followed by departure to Dallol. This is the lowest point on the African continent. It lies at an altitude of 116m below sea level.
Take your time to admire the stunning landscape and the ground. There are many shades of red, yellow and orange from the hot water. There are acids and minerals spurting up from the ground. You will then proceed to Lake Asale.
This is the salt lake from which the Afar nomads extract salt. Here you’ll witness and even try their laborious task of removing salt from the ground. As you do this, hundreds of camels relax before the long trek back to Mekele. With your last views of the desert, you’ll then proceed to Mekele.
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4 Day Ethiopia Volcano Safari Costs:
What is included in the 4 Day Ethiopia Volcano Safari cost?
- 4WD land cruisers with a/c minimum 4 clients in one car
- all fuel expenses and driver’s allowances
- 3 meals per day
- All needed Entrance fees and licenses
- Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour
- plenty bottles of water and coffee or tea with meals
- Local guide service for the Afar region -Cooking, camping equipment
- Experienced cook throughout the whole tour
4 Day Ethiopia Volcano Safari Price excludes:
- Accommodation and activities in Addis Ababa (quoted separately)
- Camera and/or photo fees
- Tips for driver, guides, etc (at your discretion)
- Items of a personal nature
What to Carry on the 4 Day Ethiopia Volcano Safari
- Light (walking in the night)
- Small backpack for the trek to the top of the volcano
- Closed, comfortable shoes (trekking shoes)
- Sun protection like sun cream, hat
- Jacket for the night on the volcano
- Sleeping bag, pillow or blanket (can also be provided by the agency for free