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Ethiopia Excursion Tour to Erta Ale Active Volcano

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Afar, Ethiopia

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking, Volcano Tour

  • Price
    $600 USD per person
  • Duration

    4 Days

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As arranged

  • Starting Location

    Mekele, Ethiopia

  • Price Includes

    Transport latest model Toyota with Experienced English speaking driver throughout the Tour. All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program. All meals throughout the tour. Plenty of bottles of water 1.5 liters 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. Government Taxes-VAT.

  • Notes

    Travel safety - we are a responsible tour operator and for us the safety of our clients and staff is of paramount importance. We would not run any holiday that we did not consider reasonably safe. Should the foreign and commonwealth Office advice against travel for any reason, we will contact anyone who is booked to travel to discuss alternatives.

Highlights

  • The Danakil Depression and Salt Mines
  • Erta Ale and its Lava Lake
  • Visit the Local Villages and Enjoy Their Culture
  • View and Photograph Camel Caravans

Guide

Trip Info

Dallol volcano, located in the Danakil Depression in the North East of Ethiopia, offers an opportunity to see the first signs of a new ocean basin forming. South of Dallol, the crust is cut into rectangular salt slabs and transported up into the highlands on a near endless procession of camel caravans. The salt canyons south of Dallol Mountain are some of the most impressive geological features in the area. It looks like another planet because there are lots of colorful rocks in each meter. It’s quite like science fiction.

Not far from Dallol in the Danakil Depression north of the Great Rift Valley, the only volcanic crater below sea level has remained silent since 1926 as the seabed it will one day occupy gradually widens.

Another impressive natural phenomenon of this region is Erta Ale, an active shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia. It is the most active volcano in Ethiopia. Erta Ale is 613 meters tall, 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. It is located in the Danakil Depression.

The Afar people inhabiting this harsh inhospitable region, will give a cultural encounter to your stay in the area. The Nomadic Afar people, dominantly Muslim, the women are dressed colorfully, mainly they live on herding camels and livestock; their villages are made up of small circular mobile huts with a very inter woven kinship social structure led by elders.

The tour starts and ends on Mekele; Meet and join the group at Atse Yohanes hotel Mekele. Proceed to Ahmed Ella, the first camp via the entrance point, Berhale. See the long camel caravans. Early drive to Dodom, a base for Erta Ale. In the late afternoon, after taking early dinner, trek to Erta Ale and watch the dramatic active volcanic activity. In the morning walk around the main and most southern pits and craters then back to Dodom. Take some free time to relax and proceed to Hamad Ella. Then head to Dallol, one of the lowest points in the world, visit the different landscape formed by volcanic activity, colorful salt mining, Lake Assal, and camel caravans loaded with a bare rock salt. Drive back to Hamed Ella and return back to Mekele.

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