Danakil Depression Tour 3 Day

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  Took two tours with this company. First was a city tour to get an idea of Addis Ababa as I was doing medical volunteer work here for three weeks.... read more

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Mekelle, Ethiopia
Danakil Depression

Tour Details

Welcome to the “The Hottest Place on Earth!” Here you will embark on a Ethiopia Danakil Depression tour like no other.  The depression covers an area overlapping the boundaries of Eritrea, Djibouti and the Afar of Ethiopia.  The Afar people have made the region their home.  Their bodies remain remarkably cool in the desert heat while most begin sweating instantly.  Over the centuries, their bodies have adapted to the conditions of the Afar region.  Requiring far less food and water than most other people.  Average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit)…yes it is very hot!

Begin the journey from Mekelle …before proceeding eastward towards the Danakil Depression region.  Thanks to adventure tourism, it is now possible to drive within 6.9 kilometers of the Erta Ale volcano (4.3 miles).  The trip was only possible by helicopter 15 years ago.   Take a drive on “the worlds most difficult road to drive on”.  All tours utilize well maintained 4×4 Land Cruiser vehicles. The Danakil Depression is among the safest areas to travel in the Ethiopia.  All tourist groups are accompanied by an armed guard and an armed policeman.  Trekk up the volcano on foot to see one of only six lava lakes in the world.

Continue exploring this strange region caused by the Afar Triple Junction…an area where three tectonic plates meet.  The drive routes through the highlands of Ethiopia to the low lying salt flats of the desert.  Exploring the multi-colored hydrothermal fields will make you feel like you are on another planet.  The area around the Sulphur lakes is often used by scientist and researches to investigate how life may evolve on other planets.  The Danakil Depression’s hot springs are home to microorganisms, extremophiles, that are able to survive in extreme conditions.  Lake Assale provides magical mirage views as the shallow lake races across the salt flats for miles.  Camel caravans extend across the landscape as merchants journey towards the markets.  See it all today by reserving your Ethiopia vacation with Arada Tours today!



Departure & Return Location

Mek’ele, Ethiopia (Google Map)

Arrival Location

Danakil Depression, Ethiopia (Google Map)

Tour Start Time

8:00 AM

All-Inclusive Vacation Package Prices

Price Includes

  • Accommodations
  • Tour Guides
  • Entrance Fees
  • Transportation
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Water, Juices, Coffee, Tea

Price Excludes

  • Tips for Good Service
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Route Highlights - What to Expect

Danakil Depression Tour Infographic
Danakil Depression Tour, Multi-Day
  • Visit one of only six lava lakes in the world.
  • Experience the "hottest place on Earth". Average year-round temperature of 34.4C.
  • The Danakil is among the safest areas to travel in the country. All tourist groups are accompanied by an armed guard and an armed policeman.
  • See the colorful Sulphur Springs of Dallol.
  • You can look forward to a short night’s sleep at the rim of the basaltic shield volcano.

Tour Itineraries

3 Day Itinerary

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Day 1Drive to Erta Ale, Trekk up and sleep at the top of the Volcano

Depart in the early morning. Drive on what known as the worlds most difficult road to drive on. Slowly move through solidified volcanic rock on the way to see Erta Ale . Arrive at base camp. After the sun sets trekk 3 hrs to the top of the volcano. Observe the blood of the earth as lava circulates in the crater below. Sleep at the rim of the volcano underneath a sky full stars.

Day 2Trekk down the Volcano, visit Lake Afrera Tour (Lake Guiletti), Drive to Hamad Ela

Descend the volcano and enjoy a hot breakfast awaiting you at the bottom. Enjoy beautiful views of the Afar as you journey to Lake Afrera (Lake Guiletti) for an enjoyable swim. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery on the drive back to Hamad Ale.

Day 3Danakil Sulfur Springs, Salt Flats and Camel Caravans, Drive to Mekelle

After breakfast drive to see view the many colorful rocks of Dallol. This region of the Danakil Depression is famous for the wide range of Sulphur springs found here. See the Ethiopian salt miners preparing the camel caravans for long trip the Mekelle markets. Depart for the return drive to Mekelle.

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The trip was non stop adventure. It encompassed history, cuisine, a rich culture and so much more. Not to mention scenic views.

January 18, 2019