5 Days Danakil Depression


  • Travelers are lured to the Danakil Depression for an altogether different reason. It's a sweltering, foul-smelling, punitive place, which is exactly why people cross continents to see it. Despite its intensity, those who make the trek


The Danakil Depression is One of the hottest places on earth (by average daily temperature) as well as one of the lowest (over 400 feet below sea level), the Danakil Depression entices three main types of people to the area: salt miners, scientists and travelers.
The sulfurous hot springs, acid pools, steaming fissures and salt mountains of the Danakil Depression resemble scenes from a science fiction movie. But the area is very real — and it's one of Ethiopia's top attractions.
The sulfur springs of Dallol are a particular draw, with its stupefying shades of neon green and yellow that hiss forth from the rocky terrain. Ethiopia's most active volcano, Erta Ale (which means "Smoking Mountain" in the local Afar language) is another, with its cartoon-like molten center, one of only eight lava lakes in the world.

Addis Ababa, Mekelle, Ahmedila, Dodom, Erta Ale, Dallol,

  • Day 1 - Flay from Addis Ababa to Mekelle

    Over night in Mekelle

  • Day 2 - Mekelle to volcano

    We drive from Mekelle to – Dodom. We start early drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). Leave after an early breakfast, possible at 07:30. This is may be one of the worst roads in the world. The 70 km distance may take about 5 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm lined oasis. After you pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, Dodom is about 9.5km from ErtaAle and it takes about 3 hrs trekking. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to ErtaAle at 20:00 hours. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. ErtaAle ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. ErtaAle contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. ErtaAle is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century

  • Day 3 - ErtaAle-HamadEla

    waking up early ErtaAle -Dodom Leave back to Dodom you will reach latest at 8.00 am at the camp , after  breakfast time to relax. then  drive to HamadEla 100km, picnic lunch on the way on shed of palm tree, reach HamadEla 04:30, better village with a total population about 500 people. You will see lots of camel caravans and you will have the sun set look from the very shallow salt lake Assal

  • Day 4 - HamadEla- Dallol- Mekelle

    Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the
    localities are mining salt. 1,200 km2 (460 sq mi) the Afar Depression is covered by salt, and you will Look the activity of breaking the salt from the ground, local people are cutting in to rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by
    volcanic activity; Dallol + Lake Assale + salt canon, camel caravans, follow up camel caravans and Drive back to HamadEla for lunch and proceed to Mekele.

  • Day 5 - Flay back to Addis from Mekelle

    Today no activities as our trips come to the end ones you get to Addis you are free to go

  • Accommodation, Domestic flight, Meals, overland transport, Local Guide,
  • International flights; Airport  taxes; Single room supplement for persons in single rooms Visa fees; Repatriate insurance/insurance; Drinks and personal expenses; Service tips.

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  • Davies Oliver recommends this program
    Mar 23, 2021

    Get away to hails but a wonderful life time experience

    To be honest this place is unbearably hot they called it the get away to hail in earth but the same time it is a wonderful active volcano you watch over night wow I can't explain it the colour full hot lave gives you a sense of life. The same time we take this trip a first time with Rasen Ethiopia Travel they were amazing from the start to the end of our trip. they well come as every where we go great come unction good English speakers guide and driver 5 days trip as we just had 1 week. Definitely we will be back for few weeks holiday to see more of Ethiopia

    How this program can be improved?

    In my opinion nothing if you have a short period of time in Ethiopia like we did 1 week this 5 days is perfect