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Day 1: Danakil Day 1

Stop At: Erta Ale, 6611 Ethiopia
We start our day by driving to Erta Ale (which means smoky mountain in Afar language). 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 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. It is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century. (may not be as active as before and activity at flank eruption slows down.)

We start early 9:00 AM, drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). This is may be one of the roughest roads in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing the landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm-lined oasis. After passing several small hamlets scattered here and there in this deserted land, you will arrive at Dodom camping site, located about 17km from Erta Ale.

Dinner will be served around 17:00 o’clock. After a short break, trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels will be transporting all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. You will spend the night on top of the mountain, at the rim of the Volcano.
Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight camping at the volcano

Day 2: Dallol Day 2

Stop At: Erta Ale / Dallol, Ethiopia
Early Morning sunrise at the northern one corresponds to the main pit crater and walk 5 minutes for the southern and central pits could either corresponds to an ancient pit, or to a simple collapse structure. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three-storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00 o’clock.

You will reach the latest at 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 Afrera)(optional may not be available during summer time), a saltwater lake located more than100 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., continue to Erbiti and proceed Abaala/ Hamed ela
Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight camping at Hamed ela

Day 3: Sunrise at salt lake

Stop At: Danakil Depression, 0125 Ethiopia
Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of workers breaking salts from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meters below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans (No camel caravan on July, August, and early September) and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.

End of Danakil tour
Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We offer complimentary pickup from nearby around.

Airports

  • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • Lalibela Airport, Lalibela Ethiopia
  • Makale Airport, Mek'ele Ethiopia
  • Axum Airport, Axum Ethiopia
Departure Time
6:00 AM
Duration
3 days
Inclusions
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Permits
  • Entry/Admission - Erta Ale
  • Entry/Admission - Erta Ale / Dallol
  • Entry/Admission - Danakil Depression
Exclusions
  • Tip
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is my first trip to Ethiopia with only reason of visiting Danakil depression. I had great time. ThanksMore

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Eden T
AdventureHistory, Guest Relations Manager at Ethio Travel and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Eden, Thanks for leaving a review. We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. The team here at ETT is thrilled to hear such good feedback. We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I have been visiting Ethiopia for 20 years. I don’t generally do tours BUT ETT put together an amazing 3 day trip to erte alle and denekel. So flexible, no fuss and so amazing. Don’t expect it to be easy. The danekel is a harsh...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Pipster58
AdventureHistory, Guest Relations Manager at Ethio Travel and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Pipster, Thanks for leaving a review. We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. The team here at ETT is thrilled to hear such good feedback. We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just came back from a 3 days Danakil depression which ended sadly (15/08/19 to 17/08/19) ETT is well known to be a competitive agency(cheap) but they compromised on safety. Groups are too big (20 to 30 people), understaff (2 guides only), with a lack...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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AdventureHistory, Guest Relations Manager at Ethio Travel and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Ben, I am sorry to say that you never used our service. The review was not from your personal experience. This is defamation. First of all we don’t even know who you are and we never give a service to you. We take these...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful experience with your company. It started with booking the tour, such great communication and help in choosing a tour for us. I’ve never booked a tour “sight unseen” and was so pleasantly surprised by the amount of attention we received. As...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Kaizenninn
AdventureHistory, Guest Relations Manager at Ethio Travel and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Kah, Thank you for leaving a review. I am very grateful that you have taken the time to leave this note. The ETT team is excited to hear such good feedback. We work hard to meet your expectations. Let's meet again! nice to meet...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a good 4 days, the scenery was breathtaking, the driver didnt speak much English but it’s ok. Stopped in 1 village for lunch and felt quite dangerous! having our coffee in 1 of the shop and little children was trying to snatch our...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Tranboris
AdventureHistory, Guest Relations Manager at Ethio Travel and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Tran, Thanks for leaving a review. We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. The team here at ETT is thrilled to hear such good feedback. We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy...More

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