Danakil Depression

Posted By on July 17, 2011

DALLOL is the lowest point of the Danakil Depression (116 meters below sea level) in Ethiopia; the most important features of this region are resulted from faulting and cracking.

The Great Rift Valley is formed by faulting; the longest rift valley in the world is the East African Rift Valley which extends from the Middle East (Syria) to Mozambique, passing through the red sea, Ethiopia (in a north-south direction), Kenya and Tanzania. The rift valley of Ethiopia is part of the East African Rift Valley system.
There are huge beds of natural salt – which, at points, are calculated to be several thousands of meters thick.

ERTA-ALE
Volcanic Activity, which has continued until today and it, is internal force which changes the surface of the earth.
During a volcanic activity molten lava, gases, water Vapors, ashes and other solid materials are thrown out to the surface.

In Ethiopia in Danakil Depression, Ert Ale is one of the few volcanoes in the world that has almost continual lava flows and spreads over a large area. Ert Ale is the most active volcano in Ethiopia. Erta Ale means “Smoking Mountain” in the local Afar people language; Erta Ale is found at an altitude of 612 meters high.
The Afar People in this area are nomadic and their daily lives mostly depend on livestock production.

SAMPLE TOUR PROGRAMS FOR DANAKIL DEPRESSION

AWASH, LAKE AFDERA, ERTA ALLE, AHMED ILLA, MEKELE
Tour: Marvelous-1
Transport: Vehicle and plane
Type of attraction: Nature and Culture
Duration: 10 days

Day 1: Arrive at Addis Ababa airport; up on arrival, our representative will meet you at the airport and give transfer to the hotel.

If the time allows you, you will have city tour of Addis Ababa.

Over night Addis Ababa in a hotel.

Day 2: Drive to Awash National park, in the park visit Beisa Oryx, Lesser and Greater Kudu, Dik-dik, Tortoise, Awash River fall and birds of different kinds.

Overnight Awash in a Hotel / lodge

Day 3: Drive from Awash to Semera. On the way visit Afar tribal village.Drive from

Over night local hotel.

Day 4: Drive from Semera to Lake Afdera. Over night camping.

Day 5: Drive to Dodem then walks to Erta Alle, at Dodem we will start walk to the Erta Alle Volcanic hills (612 meters above sea level) which is 15kms one way. It is possible to arrive Erta Alle around 9:30 PM if you start to trek at 6:30 PM and you will see the volcanic eruption; the eruption is so colourful and spectacular. We will camp nearby the eruption.

Day 6: In the morning walk back to Dodem and then drive to Ahemed Illa

Overnight Camping at Ahemed Illa.

Day 7: Drive to the Lake Asale, salty Lake and visit the salt workers and then proceed 18 km to Dalol and enjoy the spectacular view of the hot spring in several places. Then drive back to Ahmed Illa for an overnight camping.

Overnight Camping at Ahemed Illa.

Day 8: Drive from Ahmed Illa to Mekele, on the way visit the Afar village on the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.

Overnight Mekele in a Hotel.

Day 9: Fly from Mekele to Addis Ababa. Sightseeing / shopping in Addis Ababa. In the evening, you will have fare well dinner.
Addis Ababa in a hotel

Day 10: Departure.
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AWASH, LAKE AFDERA, ERTA ALLE, AHMED ILLA, MEKELE
Tour: Marvelous-2
Transport: Vehicle
Type of attraction: Nature and Culture
Duration: 11 days

Day 1 : Arrive at Addis Ababa airport; up on arrival, our representative will meet you at the airport and give transfer to the hotel.

If the time allows you, you will have city tour of Addis Ababa.

Over night Addis Ababa in a hotel.

Day 2: Drive to Awash National park, in the park visit Beisa Oryx,?Lesser and Greater Kudu, Dik-dik, Tortoise, Awash River fall and birds of different kinds.

Overnight Awash in a hotel / lodge

Day 3: Drive from Awash to Semera. On the way visit Afar tribal village.Drive from

Over night local hotel.

Day 4: Drive from Semera to Lake Afdera. Over night camping.?

Day 5: Drive to Dodem then walks to Erta Alle, at Dodem we will start walk to the Erta Alle Volcanic hills (612 meters above sea level) which is 15kms one way trip. It is possible to arrive Erta Alle around 9:30 PM if you start to trek at 6:30 PM; the eruption is so colourful and spectacular. We will camp nearby the eruption.

Day 6: In the morning walk back to Dodem and then drive to Ahemed Illa

Overnight Camping at Ahemed Illa.

Day 7: Drive to the Lake Asale, salty Lake and visit the salt workers and then proceed 18 km to Dalol and enjoy the spectacular view of the hot spring in several places. Then drive back to Ahmed Illa for an overnight camping.

Overnight Camping at Ahemed Illa

Day 8: Drive from Ahmed Illa to Mekele, on the way visit the Afar village on the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.

Over night Mekele in a Hotel.

Day 9: Drive from Mekele to Kombolcha, on the way visit dramatic highland scenery and areas of Agriculture and Lake Hayk.

Over night Kombolcha in a hotel.

Day 10: Drive to Addis Ababa enjoying the scenery of Tarma ber hillsides, dotted with picturesque villages.

In the evening, you will have fare well dinner.

Addis Ababa in a hotel

Day 11: Departure

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MEKELE, BERHA ALLE, AHMED ELLA, DALLOL / LAKE ASALE, ERTA ALLE
Tour: Marvelous-3
Transport: plane and vehicle
Type of attraction: Nature and Culture
Duration: 8 days
Day 1: Up on arrival in Addis Ababa airport you will be welcomed and given transfer to hotel. If the time allows, after you take rest in the hotel; you will have city tour of the capital Addis Ababa. Over night Addis Ababa in 4 stars hotel

Day 2: In the morning you will take flight to Mekele, and then you will drive to Ahmed Ella via BerhAlle. Over night camping in Ahmed Ella.
Day 3: Drive to the Lake Asale, salty Lake and visit the salt workers and then proceed 18 km to Dalol and enjoy the spectacular view of the hot spring in several places. Then drive back to Ahmed Ella for an overnight camping.

Day 4: Drive from Ahmed Ella to Dodem then walks to Erta Alle, at Dodem we will start trekking to the Erta Alle Volcanic hills (612 meters above sea level) which is 15kms one way trip. We will arrive to Erta Alle around mid night and see the volcanic eruption; the eruption is so colourful and spectacular. After we visit the lava which is flowing, we will camp nearby the eruption. The camping equipments and the meal for over night will be loaded on camels.

Day 5: In the morning walk back to Dodem and then drive to Ahmed Ella. Overnight Camping at Ahmed Ella

Day 6: Drive from Ahmed Illa to Mekele via Berh Alle, on the way visit the Afar village on the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. Over night Mekele in a hotel

Day 7: In the morning flight back to Addis Ababa; in the after noon city tour / shopping. Over night Addis Ababa in a4 stars hotel.

Day 8: Departure

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