Ethiopia's Danakil Depression and Afar: 6 Days / 5 Nights

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Itinerary, Tour DD-05 

Day 01  Addis Ababa - Mekele 
Optional morning visit to Ethnographic and National Museums in Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, fly to Mekele on Ethiopian Airlines. 
Overnight Hotel - Mekele

Day 02  Mekele - Ahmedela
Meet support vehicles and drive to Ahmedela via Berhaile. Make camp, and see camel caravans passing against a backdrop of dramatic sunsets. 
Overnight Camping

Day 03  Lake Asale and Dalol Excursion
Visit Lake Asale and watch the salt workers as they cut bricks of salt from the lake bed. The bricks are then sold on the market and loaded on camel caravans for transport to the highlands. Proceed to Dalol and view the dramatic and colorful geological formations caused by the hot springs rich in sulfur, potash, and salt. 
Overnight Camping

Day 04  Trek to Erta Alle
Drive to Dodom. Trek 15 kilometers to the Erta Alle volcano lake, 613 meters above sea level. Arrive at Erta Alle around midnight and walk to see the spectacular volcanic eruption. Set up camp and rest.
Overnight Camping

Day 05  Return to Mekele 
Return trek to Dodom. Drive to Mekele. 
Overnight Hotel - Mekele

Day 06  Mekele - Addis Ababa 
Fly to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines.  Evening, enjoy a Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups.  
Transfer to airport for late night departure if needed.

  • For arrivals before the tour begins or for later departures, additional hotel bookings can be made upon request.
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