I took a 2.5 week excursion-vacation with Arada Tours. All in all, I visited the Castles of Gondar, the historic Monasteries off Lake Tana in Bahir Dar, Trekked up the... read more Semiens Mountains, explored the 11 Rock Churches of Lalibela, and I topped things off with a city tour of Addis. The Arada Tours team was so helpful and accommodating to my needs. Being this was my first time in Africa I had a LOT of questions from what to pack, medical shots, and visa applications. The team was amazing and answered all my questions without issue. I enjoyed how customizable my tour was. I traveled through most of the Northern Region which was quite the journey. I appreciated the willingness to modify the tour to the attractions I had at the top of my list to make the best of my experience. I’m a history buff so I will admit I can spend hours in museums, the team adjusted accordingly and allowed me to explore without feeling rushed. The best part if this trip was the Trek. I have never trekked before, and given I have a host of allergies, I was nervous to say the least. As breathtaking as the views were, the Arada Tours team had everything I needed to make the trek with ease keeping in mind all allergies, and asthmatic concerns I had. If I could offer any advice about visiting Ethiopia, I’d say bring Binoculars, hiking boots, and get ready for the adventure you’ll never forget.
Trekking up the Semien Mountains – the Gelada Monkeys were a sight to see
Hippo Sightings while boating across Lake Tana
Rock Churches Lalibela –
Addis City Tour – the National Museum is the current home of “LUCY”, oldest humanoid species
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!
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.
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.
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.
The trip was non stop adventure. It encompassed history, cuisine, a rich culture and so much more. Not to mention scenic views.