Dallol volcano is located in the Danakil Depression in North East of Ethiopia offers an opportunity to see the first signs of a new ocean basin forming. South of Dallol, the crust is cut into rectangular salt slabs and transported up into the highlands a near endless procession of camel caravans. The salt canyons south of Dallol Mountain are some of the most impressive geological features in the area. It looks like another planet because there are lots of colorful rocks in each meter. It’s quite like a science fiction.
Another impressive natural phenomenon of this region is Erta Ale, an active shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia. It is the most active volcano in Ethiopia. Erta Ale is 613 meters tall, 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. It is located in the Danakil Depression.
Transportation: flight and on surface with 4x4.
Duration: 8 days
⇒ Arrive in Addis Ababa: Meet and greet at the airport, get assisted to collect your luggage into the car and transfer to your hotel.
⇒ Drive to Logia: Drive through the Rift Valley to the small town of Logia. Camping
⇒ Drive to Afrera, visit the salt lake and the saline. Interesting to see when locals are extracting table salt from the saline lake with traditional age old techniques. Camping
⇒ Drive to Dodom followed with walk to Erta’ale. Drive through the Afar desert to the base of Erta Ale volcano with a short stop at Dodom. Hike up to the volcano (ca. 3 hrs), accompanied by a camels carrying bottled water, food and camping equipment. Before dusk we select site that would be best for view and taking photos of the Lava Lake during the night after dinner. The weather on the top of this mountain is cool. Camping
⇒ Descend down to the field then drive by Dodom to Hamedela. After a last sunrise at the spectacular lava lake, we break down our camp and using the camels again, we return to the point of departure where the jeeps are waiting. After lunch, we continue for 1-2 hours back into the desert, where we will set camp near a typical temporary Afar village. Refreshing showers will be available from simple wells in a river bed. For those interested, we can also visit the Afar village and get an impression of the nomadic culture of the Afar. Camping
⇒ Excursion to Lake Asale and to Dallol then head to Berahile. After early breakfast drive to the Lake Asale, salty Lake and visit the salt workers and the merchant. Here you will observe salt cutting, the crust is cut into rectangular salt slabs and transported up into the highlands a near endless procession of camel caravans. The salt canyons south of Dallol Mountain are some of the most impressive geological features in the area. It looks like another planet because there are lots of colorful rocks and several colorful hot springs in each meter. Retrace your way back to Hamedela then proceed to Berahile for overnight stop. Camping
⇒ Drive to Makele visiting on the way rock hewn churches of Tigray. Leaving the Afar desert behind drive to Makele, the capital city of Tigray region, en route visit includes Mikael Imba, one of the rock hewn churches of Tigray within the Astbi claster of rock churches. Hotel
⇒Take a morning flight to Addis Ababa and evening departure. We fly back to Addis Ababa and some of the sight seeing in Addis or retire the remaining day before we meet again for FARE WELL dinner in Ethiopian traditional restaurant with tribal music and dance show. Get transfer to airport for out going flight to your home country. Hotel