Danakil Depression Tour

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Departure Time :
    9am to 9pm All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provid.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Mekelle Int Airport Ethiopia , Hotels In Meklle
  • Return Details :
    Meklle North Ethiopia

Overview

The Danakil Depression is a contender for the hottest place on Earth, at least if you measure the average year-round temperature (reportedly 34.4C) rather than focusing on isolated bursts of extreme heat.Worse, it only receives 100 to 200mm of rainfall per year and it is also one of the lowest places on the planet, at 410ft (125m) below sea level.Combined, these factors make it one of the most inhospitable environments in the world.

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Destination: Ethiopia

No. of day/night: -03night/03days

Mode of transportation: - Air

 Day 1: Fly to Mekelle-Drive to Dodom-Volcano

We drive from Mekele 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 Erta Ale and it takes about 3 hrs trekking. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ertale 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. Erta Ale 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. Erta Ale contains the worlds only permanent lava lake. Overnight on the top of the mountain. Erta Ale 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. O/n camping on the mountain

Day 2: Dodem Hammedele,
Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom - Hamd Ela. Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00. You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp, time to relax. After drive to reach Hamad Ela, better village with a total population about 500 people. O/n Hamedela( camping)

Day 3:Hamedela-Mekele

Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of breaking the salt from the ground, 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 Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.Day 04: Addis - Departure
This day you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Addis. In the evening attend a folkloric dinner where you will have a chance to taste several national dishes and watch dances of the various ethnic groups of Ethiopia. The traditional coffee ceremony will also be served.  Later you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Entrance fees
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Bottled water
  • Breakfast
  • Buffet dinner
  • Buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Admission ticket
  • All activities
  • Blue Badge guide
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small-group tour
  • Round-trip private transfer
  • Transport by private vehicle

Exclusions

  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • The listed price does not include a $X per person departure tax, payable at the time of tour check-in. The departure tax is required by our local supplier and/or the local transit or governing authority and is not within our control.
  • Drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 18 years

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Dress code is formal

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

A minimum of XX people per booking is required

A small amount of walking is involved

Not wheelchair accessible

Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations

A maximum of XX people per booking

Not recommended for pregnant women

Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions

Not recommended for participants with back problems