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The Dalol Depression and Erta Ale

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The Dalol Depression and Erta Ale

Program: The Dalol Depression and Erta Ale Tour Code : AMA-4805 Duration : 9 nights/10days Transportation: Land It is located in Afar Region that lies at an altitude of 116m below sea level.  The Danakil (or Dalol) depression is making it to be one of the lowest, hottest and unique land formations in the great riff valley system. Still this part of the planet is very active geologically. Nevertheless, it has colorful and enjoyable landscape, which it makes the traveler feel that, they are in lonely planet. Afar is also a place where the world’s most significant hominid fossils have been discovered. The best known of these is ‘Lucy’ our ancestor.

It is located in Afar Region that lies at an altitude of 116m below sea level.  The Danakil (or Dalol) depression is making it to be one of the lowest, hottest and unique land formations in the great riff valley system. Still this part of the planet is very active geologically. Nevertheless, it has colorful and enjoyable landscape, which it makes the traveler feel that, they are in lonely planet. Afar is also a place where the world’s most significant hominid fossils have been discovered. The best known of these is ‘Lucy’ our ancestor.

Day 1
Day 1

ADDIS ABABA - DESSIE - Departure for Dessie via Debre Birhan. Visiting on the way the breath taking sceneries of Tarma Ber and Debre Sina. Picnic lunch en-route. Overnight hotel

Day 2
Day 2

DESSIE-MEKELE- In the morning start driving to Mekelle through the marvelous landscapes visiting en-route the Alamata Kobo chain mountains and daily market of Kobo. Overnight Mekele in hotel.

Day 3
Day 3

MEKELE-AHMED ELA -Drive to Berha Ale to obtain the permit to proceed towards Ahmed Ela and Dallol. After lunch drive continue to Ahmed Ela. Overnight camping at Ahmed Ela.

Day 4
Day 4

AHMED ELA - DALLOL- AHMED ELA- Continue to Lake Asale, from where you would explore the salt mines, located some 30 minutes drive away. Overnight camping at Ahmed Ela.

Day 5
Day 5

AHMED ELA - ERTA ALE - Drive from Ahmed Ela through Dallol to wards Erta Ale. Overnight near the caldera around Erta Ale camping.

Day 6
Day 6

ERTA ALE - AFDERA- Leaving Erta Ale and drive through Dodom to Afdera. Overnight camp at Afdera.

Day 7
Day 7

AFDERA - LOGIA - Drive through Serdo and Semera towards Logia for the overnight in a hotel with very basics only.

Day 8
Day 8

LOGIA - BILEN - Drive to Awash. Overnight in the Bilen Lodge.

Day 9
Day 9

BILEN - ADDIS ABABA - Drive to Addis Ababa. 

Day 10
Day 10

Departure

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Trip Facts

  • Land
  • Below 500m and Below Sea level: Very Hot