• Duration

    15 Days

  • Location

    Eastern Ethiopia

    Afar

  • Available Tickets

    45

  • Price

    599$

The Erta Ale volcano has been in a constant state of eruption for over 40 years. You will camp in the village of El Dom, where it will be an early-to-bed night.

Ertale

The Erta Ale volcano has been in a constant state of eruption for over 40 years.

Danakil

The numerous springs here that spout hot water, acids and minerals have created a very colorful landscape.

Day 1

Addis Ababa to Dessie

Day 2

Dessie To Lalibela

Day 3

Lalibela to Mekele

Day 4

Hayk-Woldeya to Mekele

We will continue the drive to Mekele via Woldeya. We will make a stop at the Majestic Lake Hayk and see the fishermen in their boats. After that we will continue the journey to Mekele where we will stay for the night.

Day 5

Hamed Ila

On the way to Hamed Ila, you will join with police scouts, road guides and permits to visit the Afar region. From the town of Berehale, we will continue to Hamed Ila. There, we will see Camel caravans on the way from the Salt Lake to Mekele where they sell the salt that they extract from the lake. We will camp overnight in Hamed Ila.

Day 6

Dallol

Following breakfast, we will journey to the famous Dallol region. It lies 110m below sea level and is one of the most unique places on Earth. There was even an Ethiopian Reggae band named after this area. The numerous springs here that spout hot water, acids and minerals have created a very colorful landscape. From here we will visit Lake Asale which is where the salt is extracted by the Afar people. You can see the salt being extracted and even try your hand at it. After the long day we will return to camp in Hamed Ila.

Day 7

Erta Ale

From Hamed Ila, we will continue to Erta Ale via Kusawad. The Erta Ale volcano has been in a constant state of eruption for over 40 years. You will camp in the village of El Dom, where it will be an early-to-bed night.

Day 8

Today is an early-to-rise start at 2 am to start your hike to the crater rim of the Erta Ale volcano. At the top, you will peer down at the permanent lava lake (the only one in the world!) while the sun rises over the horizon. Definitely the highlight of the trip! After the hike back to the camp and a bit of breakfast, you’ll continue driving to Lake Afrera for overnight camping or in a local hotel.

Day 9

Lake Afdrera is a wonderfully bright green lake situated with black basalt mountains behind it. It’s a stunning location, Here you can see more salt extraction from the lake, where the Afar nomads continue the same activities they have for centuries. The salt extraction here is the main supply of salt to Addis Ababa. From Afdera, we proceed driving to Semera via Logia. Overnight in Semera in a hotel.

Day 10

Today we drive through Yangudi-Rassa National Park (home to the endangered African Wild Ass), and then to Awash for overnight.

Day 11

Yagund to Harar. Overnight in Harar.

Day 12

Harar city tour. After lunch drive to Diredawa. Overnight in Diredawa.

Day 13

Diredawa to Awash. Overnight in Awash Lodge.

Day 14

In the morning, we will go for a game drive in Awash National Park, which is one of Ethiopia’s most popular national parks. Here you will enjoy wonderful birdlife and many mammals, such as gazelles, kudus, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons, and colobus monkeys. It might also be possible to see lions, leopards and other cats, if you’re lucky! After the drive, we will continue driving to Sodere for overnight, where you can go for a refreshing swim in the pool or a shower in the hot spring water. Overnight in Sodere.

Day 15

After a morning swim, we continue on our way back to Addis, stopping in Debre Zeit for a lunch by one of the beautiful lakes in the area. Overnight in Addis Ababa.