3 Days tour itinerary for Danakil Depression

Heading to the "gateway to hell" - Danakil Depression tour starts and ends in Mekele.

Heading to the "gateway to hell" - Danakil Depression tour is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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Danakil Depression is one of the driest and lowest regions on earth and spend a night observing the boiling lava, just a km away. Also see the salt water lake of Giulietti, the crater lake of Assal and pass by the Berhale town during this tour.

The Danakil Depression is a desert basin which lies in the Danakil Desert in north-eastern Ethiopia and southern Eritrea. It belongs to the homeland of the Afar people. It laid up to 100 m below sea level one of the lowest spot in the world as a result of tectonic activity caused by plate movements.

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  • What's included :
    • 3x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • Transport latest model Toyota with Experienced driver throughout the Tour.
    • Experienced English speaking Ethiopian tour guide throughout the tour.
    • Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
    • Plenty of bottles of water 1.2 litters for the trip.
    • Surface Transport expense with four-wheel drive Land-cruiser including fuel expense and drivers allowance
    • Local guide service for the afar region as per the program.
    • Cooking, camping equipment,
    • Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.
    • Experienced cook throughout of the tour as per the program.
    • Government Taxes-VAT.
    • Minimum of 2 cars per trip with local security.
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Bottled water
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Entry/Admission - Danakil Depression
    What's excluded :
    • All accommodations in Mekele
    • Food in Mekele
    • Tips, it’s not mandatory but recommended. However, don't give tips unless you are happy about the service we delivered to you
    • Flights

  • Day 1: DAY 01: Mekele to erta ale

    Stop At: Danakil Depression, 0125 Ethiopia
    After breakfast in Mekele, drive to Eart Ale (the crust of the earth) via Dodom (the base of Erta Ale).

    You will experience the worst roads in the world, for a distance of about 70-80 km. It takes around 6 hous to drive whilst passing through changing landscapes of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm-lined oasis. After you pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert, you will watch the smock of the crust of the earth.

    Have early dinner and proceed to “the gate way to hell!”. Dodom to Eart Ale takes approximately about 3 hours of trekking. Don’t worry. Camels will transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where you can spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava just a km away.

    Overnight stay in nearby active volcano.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Cottage or Camping

    Day 2: DAY 02: Erta ale to danakil depression

    Stop At: Danakil Depression, 0125 Ethiopia
    Head back to Dodom after an early breakfast with the Ethiopian tour guide. You will reach latest by 10:30 o’clock at the camp, where you will be relaxing. As soon as possible, drive to reach the mythical Lake Giulietti (or Lake Afdera), a salt water lake located more than 100 meters below sea level, in one of the deepest depressions of the planet. Because of the picturesque landscape, it is interesting to visit the salt flats where the Afar people obtain the salt by evaporating the water of the lake.

    On your way, enjoy caravan camels bring or towards to bring salts from Asebot. You will enjoy the area over passing through a small town called “Berhale” where the caravan camels stop before they proceed to the northern highlands.

    Continue to Erbiti and overnight stay at Abaala/ Hamedela.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Cottage or Camping

    Day 3: Day 03: Danakil depression to mekele

    Stop At: Danakil Depression, 0125 Ethiopia
    Drive to Ragad (Asebot) with the Ethiopian tour guide.Proceed to the Danakil Depression and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity. Danakil is 116 meter below sea level and one of the lowest places in the world with colorful salts mining.

    Visit Lake Assal, and follow up camel caravans (No camel caravan on July, August and early September) and walk with the Afar people.

    Drive back to Hamedela in the late afternoon and proceed to Mekelle.

    Overnight stay in Mekele.

    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Makale Airport, Mek'ele Ethiopia
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Equipment you need to bring:
    • Small umbrella.
    • Sun blocker.
    • Sunglass.
    • Appropriate trekking shoes.
    • Torch.
    • Equipment for a desert tour.
    • Recommended medicines (get advice from your doctor).
    • Dodom situated about 17 km from Erta Ale and it takes approximately 3 hrs of trekking. It’s 613 masl which is a lava lake and one of only five in the world, at the summit. Ert Ale is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century. Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1 km square caldera at its Summit and it contains the world’s lava lake.
    • Enjoying the activity of breaking the salt from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading up on camels, and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity. See oily lake, colorful salts mining, and follow up camel caravans. Walk over sulfur-caked surface with the hospitable and be welcomed people of Afar.
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-125268P2

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