The Danakil Depression

With more than 30 active and dormant volcanoes, the Danakil Depression is a geological marvel. This remote area in Northern Ethiopia features extraordinary geological formations. In contrast to the cool, temperate Ethiopian highlands, the Danakil is one of the lowest, driest, and the hottest place on earth.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 01: Addis Ababa – Mekele – Berhaile

Fly to Mekele on Ethiopian Airlines. Meet vehicles and drive to Berhaile. Make camp, and see camel cacaravaneravans passing through Berhaile against a backdrop of dramatic sunsets. O/N Camping

Day 02: Berhaile – Ahmedela

Drive to Ahmedela passing through settlements of the nomadic Afar people. O/N Camping

Day 03: Ahmedela – Erta Ale

Drive from Ahmedela to Dodom. Trek 15 kilometres to the Erta Ale volcano lake, 613 meters above sea level. Arrive at Erta Ale around midnight and walk to see the spectacular volcanic eruption. Set up camp and rest near, but upwind, from the eruption. O/N Camping

Day 04: Erta Alle – Berhaile

Drive to Lake Asale and watch the salt workers as they cut bricks of salt from the lake bed. The bricks are then sold on the market and loaded on camel caravans for transport to the highlands. Proceed to Dalol and view the dramatic and colourful geological formations ca used by the hot springs rich in sulphur, potash, and salt. Drive to Berhaile and make camp.Danakil-Depression-desert-by-Russian-photographer-Viktoria-Rogotneva-1

O/N Camping

Day 05: Berhaile – Mekele

Drive to Mekele. Enroot visit an Afar village perched on the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. O/N Camping

Day 06: Mekele – Addis Ababa

Fly to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines. Visit the National Museum, home of the 3.18 million year old skeleton “Lucy.” Optional souvenir shopping in the afternoon. Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s many ethnic groups.