Over geological time, the northern part of the Great Rift Valley has formed a triangular basin between the Danakil Desert and the Afar Plain that today holds some of the most astounding terrain in the Horn of Africa. In the Danakil Depression the topography sinks as low as 125m (410ft) below sea level while volcanic peaks rise to as high as2500m (6200ft). Temperatures can reach 50°C in what is believed to be an inhospitable environment making the Danakil Depression a tough tour but so unique it’s a once in a lifetime bucket list adventure. The Afar region is also home to the Afar people, who have survived centuries by adopting a nomadic existence and local economy based on salt trading in the highlands to endure this extreme and hostile environment.


3 to 4 star hotel twin bed shared accommodation – breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Camping for six nights – all gear and a professional cook provided.


Meet & greet at airport and hotel transfer; ground transportation in a Land Cruiser; accommodation twin bed sharing; camping gear provided with chef; all meals incl. bottled water & soft drinks; English guide; fees for guide, scouts and military; all entry fees where required; Camel fees; Govt. taxes; farewell dinner in Addis Ababa.


  • Explore Addis Ababa
  • Visit Awash National Park
  • The incredible Danakil Depression
  • View the active volcano Erte Ale
  • The colours of Dallol


Day One

On arrival in Addis Ababa and after check in to your hotel, you will have the opportunity to explore the city. We visit the Ethnological Museum, an ideal place to start learning about Ethiopia’s rich ethnic diversity, with its two main sections covering local crafts and regions and people. Overnight Monarch Hotel.

Day Two

We drive to Awash where you will see many species mammals such as the Anubis Baboon, Colobus Monkey, Black-Backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Warthog, Beisa Oryx, Soemmering’s Gazelles, Lesser kudu and Dik-dik as well as the diverse birdlife for which Ethiopia is renowned. Overnight Belen Lodge.

Day Three

We head to Semera, the regional capital of Afar. Overnight camping.

Day Four

We move on to Afdera to obtain the local permit and fetch our Afar guide. Overnight camping.

Day Five

We proceed to Dodom where we hire camels for the trekking up to Erta Ale. The most famous site in the great depression is the active volcano Erta Ale, rising to 613m (2011ft) with one or sometimes two active lava lakes boiling in its caldera. Erta Ale is credited as being the longest-existing lava lake with a known existence since 1906. Visiting the crater in the middle of the night is the best way to avoid the mid-day heat. Camping overnight at Dodom.

Day Six

Drive to Waydodo. Overnight camping.

Day Seven

Drive to Ahmedela. Overnight camping

Day Eight

Drive to Lake Asele and to Dallol, the other major attraction in the Danakil Depression where a volcanic explosion has created a crater some 100km northwest of Erta Ale. The crater was formed during a paratactic eruption in 1926. All around the crater are pools of volcanic minerals translating to vivid oranges, yellows and reds, which makes for an unforgettable visit. We return to Ahmedela Ela. Overnight camping.

Day Nine

We drive back to Mekele through the town of Berhile. Overnight Axum Hotel.

Day Ten

We drive to Kombolcha. On the way you will visit Hayek Estifanos Monastery, one of the most historically important and influential monasteries in Ethiopia. Overnight Sunny Side Hotel.

Day Eleven

Today you will drive to Addis passing thorough the 600m long Tarmaber Pass (tunnel), and Debre Birhan which means “mount of light”. Debre Berhan was founded by Emperor Zara Yaqob, in response to a miraculous light that was seen in the sky at the time which he took as a sign from God approving his stoning of a group of heretics. A church was built on the site. Overnight Monarch Hotel

Day Twelve

Today you will start the sightseeing tour of Addis with a drive up to Mount Entoto. The panorama from the peak, 3200 meters above sea level is breathtaking. It is also a historical Place where Menelik II resided and built his palace. We then proceed to the National Museum. Later we visit Merkato, which is located in western Addis Ababa and is the largest open-air market in Africa. In the evening you will attend a traditional dinner where you will have a chance to taste several national dishes and watch dances of the various ethnic groups of Ethiopia. The traditional coffee ceremony will also be served. We will transfer you to the airport for your return flight.


*$128 single room supplement.
Trekkers may request pack mules/donkeys for portage at an extra fee.


International and domestic flights; visas and travel insurance; personal expenses incl. laundry, phone calls, tips, alcoholic drinks, filming and photographic fees.

Note: Malaria precautions should be taken; Yellow Fever vaccination required if transferring through a South African border.


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