Danakil Depression Tour
Danakil Depression tour is a 5-day safari in Ethiopia to the famous Erta Ale Volcano. This African safari in Ethiopia starts and ends in Addis Ababa going to the lowest point in Africa.
About The 5 Day Danakil Depression Tour
Danakil Depression tour is a 5-day safari in Ethiopia. This African safari in Ethiopia takes you to Erta Ale Volcano. The Danakil depression tour is from Addis Ababa. 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.
Highlights of the 5 Day Danakil Depression Tour
- Salt Pans
Detailed 5 Day Danakil Depression Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa
Meet and greet upon arrival at the Mole International Airport by our Ethiopia safari rep. Your 5 day Danakil Depression tour starts with a transfer to your Addis Ababa Hotel. You will head to your hotel in Addis Ababa.
On the first day, embark on a city tour of Addis Ababa, one of Africa's major diplomatic hubs. Addis Ababa features an interesting mix of modern and historical elements. This offers insight into the fascinating history of ancient Ethiopia. You get to also see a more cosmopolitan contemporary culture.
Highlights on the city tour include Ethiopia's most important Orthodox Church. This is a visit to the Holy Trinity Cathedral. The tour also goes to the National Museum. This is home to famous hominid fossil remains of Lucy. There are other archaeological and historical finds.
Overnight will be at Jupiter hotel in Addis Ababa on bed and breakfast basis
Day 2: Addis Ababa - Mekele - Afdera Village
Start the day on Danakil Depression tour with an early breakfast. You will then enjoy a transfer to the Bole International Airport. be on the morning flight to Mekele.
You will get our driver guide waiting upon you in Mekele. He will brief you on this Danakil Depression tour. With all camping gear and luggage ready, it’s time to leave. Your Danakil Depression tour will proceed into the Danakil Depression.
Today’s journey will be by asphalt road. You will be heading to Afdera via Abala town. This is where the local regional police will be joining your Danakil Depression tour.
Proceed to Afdera with the escort arriving later in the day. you will set your camp in Afdera Village. Today’s night will be spent under the star filled African sky.
Day 3: Afdera village – Erta Ale volcano
You will begin this day on Danakil Depression tour with warm breakfast. This will be followed by a morning visit to Lake Afdera. This is a salty lake that is 100 kmsq. in size.
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 Danakil Depression tour 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. It is in the central northern Danakil depression (NE Ethiopia).
The Erta Ale Volcano is famous for its persistent lava lake. This 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 gentle slope and a large 40 km diameter base.
The summit is truncated by a complex, elongated 1700 x 600 m wide caldera. This contains vast lava flows and several larger and smaller pit craters. Most notably is the active north and south crater, which contains the lava lake at present.
Erta Ale is one of the main attractions of the Danakil. It has 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. It rises 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. It has several steep-sided pit craters, one of them containing a lava lake.
There is another larger 1.8 x 3.1 km wide depression. It is elongated parallel to the trend of the Erta Ale range. It is to the SE of the summit bounded by curvilinear fault scarps on the SE side.
Fresh-looking basaltic lava flows from these fissures. They have poured into the caldera and locally overflowed its rim.
The summit caldera is renowned for one, or sometimes two long-term lava lakes. These have been active since at least 1967, or possibly since 1906. Recent fissure eruptions have occurred on the northern flank of Erta Ale.
Day 4: 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 leave 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 5: Hamed Ila village – Dallol - Mekele - Addis Ababa
You will wake up to your morning breakfast on the Danakil Depression tour. 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 arriving in time for your flight to Addis. You will be in time to connect to your flight home
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5 Day Danakil Depression Costs:
What is included in the 4 Day Ethiopia Volcano Safari cost?
- 4WD land cruisers with a/c minimum 4 pax in one car
- all fuel expenses and driver’s allowances
- Accommodation in Addis Aababa on bed and breakfast basis
- 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
5 Day Danakil Depression Tour Price excludes:
- Camera and/or photo fees
- Tips for driver, guides, etc (at your discretion)
- Items of a personal nature
What to Carry on the 5 Day Danakil Depression Tour
- 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