Tour Code: 6-Days Tour Dankile Depression
Attractions: History, Religion, Volcano, Culture & Scenery
Duration: 6 Days & 4Nights
Transportation: Surface drive, & flight
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel.
You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit.
After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and later late in the afternoon drive to Merkato, (the largest open market in Africa). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. Overnight stay in Oasis Hotel Apartment, Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Fly to Mekelle and drive to Hamed Ela
After having a breakfast you will drive to Hamed Ela (180 Km from Mekelle) via Berehaile. On arrival at Berehaile, you will pick up mandatory police, scouts, road guides, and permits for the Afar region. On your way you will notice striking changes in scenery as you drop from 2,220 elevation to below sea level, the Dankile depression begins here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the sulphur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level.
En route you will see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. Overnight stay camping at Hamed Ela.
Day 3: Excursion to Ragad (Asebo) & Dallol Depression, 25 km from Hamed Ela
Early in the morning after having a breakfast you will have a day trip to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salts are mined. Observe the breaking of the salt from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels.
Then you drive ahead to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol includes the Sulfur lake , Salt mountain, colourfull hot spring water, and Camel Caravan. Later back to Hamed Ela for lunch.
After lunch & brief break you will drive to Abala (150Km asphalt road 3hrs). Abala is small settlement & with moderate temperature, and basic accmmodation with shower. Upon arrival check in local hotel. Rest, relax, and dinner. Overnight stay local hotel Hamed Ela.
Day 4: Drive to Erta ale (150 Km aspahlt & 45km sand road, total 195km from Hamed Ela)
After having an early breakfast (possible at 06:30) you will drive to Erta ale, (195Km from Abala).Up on arrival at Dodom take rest, relax & fill your energy for trek to Erta ale (17Km from Dodom) that takes approximately 3 hrs trekking.
Early dinner around 17:00 then as the sun sets, you leave behind the cars, use Camel to transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses, mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where you spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. 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. Overnight at the rim of the Volcano.
Day 5: Drive to Mekele (240 KMS)
Early the next morning, you will descend from Mount Erta ale, returning to the base camp Dodom for a well-earned breakfast.After having a breakfast & brief break you will drive to Mekele (240 Km from Erta ale) via the small towns of Habala and Erepti. Overnight stay in Axum hotel, Mekelle.
Day 6: Flight back to Addis Ababa & departure
After breakfast, a short flight will back to you to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs.
Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner. And then depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.
Starting from: $ 750 USD per persons
Single Supplement: $ 25
Domestic flights depend on your international flights
Addis Ababa – Mekelle – Addis Ababa
- If you fly your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines = 260 USD
- If not (with other airline) = 420USD
Flight cost subject to change.
The price Includes
- Transport latest model Toyota with Experienced English speaking driver throughout the Tour.
- All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
- Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
- Non-Alcoholic Beverages with meals as per the program and plenty bottles of water 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.
- Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program.
- Experienced cook throughout of the tour as per the program.
- Minimum of 2 cars per trip with local security.
- For the duration of the trip we are responsible for all meals, water, entrance fees, accommodation, security and transportation.
The price excludes:
- Domestic flights Addis Ababa-Mekelle-Addis Ababa
- Meals, except camping day in Dankile Depression
Danakil Deperssion (Dallol & Earta ale) security is a safe area. Mobile coverage is now available in the camping site of Hamed Ela village, Dallol area and on the road between Hamed Ela to Erta ale volcano. Tours travel in convoy and it is prerequisite to have security (Soldiers, & local Militants) when visiting the Danakil.