3 Days Danakil Depression Tours Via Semera

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Days
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  • Departure Time :
    08:00 AM 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 provider.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick all our clients either from Semera airports
    Semera Airport, Semera EthiopiaSemera Airport, Semera Ethiopia
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  • Return Details :
    Meklle North Ethiopia
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Explore the Danakil from the Afar capital Semera (590km from Addis Ababa) with the Ethiopian Airlines Daily flight.

The Danakil is a genuine expedition destination. Although a good 350km road now runs from Semera to Mekele via Afdera, the tracks to Dallol and Do Dom (for Erta Ale) require 44 and navigational skills. The region is best visited with an experienced operator using a minimum of two 4x4s, and experienced staff who know the local Afar. Helicopter access is from Mekele.

Currently, we offer tours directly out of Semera. The minimum time required for a full tour is two nights, spending one at Hamed Ela and one on the rim of Erta Ale. An extra night at Erta Ale is recommended if you want to see the crater by day, and another for Lake Afdera.


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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.



Dinner - Buffet dinner

Lunch - Buffet lunch



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Minimum age is 18 years

Dress code is formal

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

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

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 27-May-2022

    This was my first time in Danakil Depressions and I decided to do with Aman Ethiopia Tours after I get a brief safety issues from Mr Emanuel and I used this company before & just picked in the morning 1hrs before my flight to Semera and once I arrived in the town of Semera Aman Ethiopia Tours guide & his driver introduced my travel partners. We had a personal driver pick us up from the airport and took approx 3hrs drive out to the 1st site. Upon arriving the site of lake Afdera it was amazing and clean, very organized and easy to get equipment and ready for the entire 3 days tours Our tour guide was amazing! After a brief safety briefing, we went straight out into the Eratle and Dallol. We stopped in different times during our drive and get great insight and information about the area and landmarks.We even made a stop along the way for us to see sandy and volcano ash and to take pictures ! We later stopped for refreshments in the lake Afdera and sun seat! This is definitely a unique and exceptional experience that I would recommend to anyone going to Ethiopia! The experience was definitely worth the price and made my expectation of Danakil Depressions one of the best I have been on! Thank you Amanuel and the entire staff of Aman Ethiopia Tours

  • 08-Mar-2021

    Огромное спасибо Аману и его профессиональной, сплочённой команде! В этом интереснейшем, крутом путешествии я чувствовала себя в полной безопасности, окружённой вниманием и заботой со стороны водителей, помощников Амана. Ни один вопрос или просьба не были проигнорированы и до сих пор, уже после путешествия. В какое бы место мы не заезжали, убеждались в том, что Аман пользуется большой популярностью и уважением у местных. Аман обладает обширными знаниями о своей стране, о народе, который населяет Эфиопию. Благодаря твоей команде, это путешествие стало одним из ярких событий в моей жизни! Спасибо, Аман! И удачи!

  • 06-Mar-2021

    1 million thanks to Aman and his team for this wonderful trip for our group. I’ve visited many African countries but never met such high service and attention to each detail as Aman and his team provide. We started to discuss our itinerary before one year of this tour. Many things changed from that time but Aman regularly updated me about situation in country. And we made totally safe and the most interested itinerary. Aman surrounded us by care and attention from first day. He is not only professional in tour services but also very smart and acknowledge guide. He knows everything about country, about each places we drive through on our way. During my other trips in African countries I often faced with many obstacles and difficulties during planning tours. But here in Ethiopia, Aman has a magical ability to keep everything under the control Can’t imagine who better that Aman can show your the country. Aman and his team are definitely the best. And you can absolutely rely on him when planning trip to Ethiopia.