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Danakil Depression (Dallol, Erta’Ale & Lake Afdera)

JN3

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Tour Code: JN3

Tour Code: Danakil Depression (Dallol,  Erta’Ale & Lake Afdera)

Focus: Adventure, Nature

Duration: 6 Days & 5 Nights                        

Transportation:  Flight, Surface drive (4WD)

Journey to the cradle of hominids, the hottest place on earth, the lowest point on the planet, Denakil Depression. Discover this geology paradise gone-wild as you stand in awe at its flaming volcanoes, burning magma lakes, mineral deposits, and acid pools, caravan traders and Afar Tribe.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa- City Tour

Up on arrival at Bole international air port and met by our guide/representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, city tour of Addis. Which includes; National Museum, the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in hotel

Day 2: Addis- Mekele- Hamede’Ela (144km)

Morning flight to Mekele. Up on arrival, welcomed by our guide and driver.  drive to Hamedela over the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley system to the western highland. Lunch at Beraile town.  Arrival at Hamede’Ela, see camel caravans passing against a backdrop of dramatic sunsets. Overnight camping

Day 3: Hamede’Ela- Dallol- Ab’ala (200km)

In the morning drive to Lake Asele and visit the thousands of camel caravan and the rock salt mining. Then drive further to Dallol Cobber Sink; the lowest spot on earth’s surface not covered by water (-116m below sea level) enjoy the spectacular view the dramatic and colorful geological formations caused by the hot springs rich in sulfur, potash, and salt. Then, drive back to the campsite for lunch. In the afternoon, drive to a small town Ab’Alla and overnight in Guest House

Day 4: Drive to Dodom – Erta’Alle (202 km)

After breakfast, drive to Dodom to visit the living Volcano Erta’Alle which means “smoking mountain” in the local Afar language. Lunch at Beraile. At Dodom, our vehicle will stops here with our equipments. Late afternoon, trek to the top volcanic mountain (3 hours trekking) night see the dramatic magma eruption at the crater of Erta’Alle Volcano. Dinner. Overnight camping

Day 5: Trek Back to Dodom- Drive to Mekele (252km)

In the early morning trek back to Dodom. Breakfast at Dodom. Drive to Afdera to visit Lake Afdera. Swim and relax and refreshment. Then drive back to Mekele.. Overnight in hotel in Mekele
Day 6: Mekele visit- Flight to Addis

Breakfast in Hotel, Visit the palace of Emperor Yohannes and Tigrai people memorial monument. Lunch. Afternoon, transfer in to airport to fly back to Addis. Evening we will have a fare well dinner in one of the Ethiopian restaurants for cultural dinner and dances from the different ethnic groups. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home, where your tour ends.

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