This trip is only for the hardy; four nights of desert camping, searing temperatures and climbing the face of a volcano to peer into hell. That about sums it up, but you’ll never forget it. There is something soothing to a desolate landscape and the camaraderie that unfolds on a trip like this is why we take them. The Afari people who live in this region are very interesting, and their small towns are a good place to look for something cold.
WhenDanakil tours operate from October 1 through March 31
InclusionsPark fees, guides, security, meals, camping equipment and hotels
Meeting PlaceWe will pick you up upon your arrival at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
TransportationVan, Toyota Landcruiser 4X4 and one domestic flight
MealsEthiopian cuisine and western foods
AccomodationOutdoor camping and basic hotels
Group SizePrivate tour
Price$6,624 Per person, double occupancy
Arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, “welcome to Ethiopia!” you will be welcomed and assisted by our representative. If time allows this day you will be given a half day city tour; which include National Museum, Trinity Cathedral and Merkato (biggest open market in Africa). Overnight at Jupiter hotel/similar
Addis Ababa - Mequelae
After an early breakfast transfer to the airport and fly to Mequelae. Up on arrival you will have a city tour of Mequelae before check-in to the hotel for lunch and overnight. The city tour will include the Palace of Emperor Yohanes IV, the patriots monument and the city center in general. Overnight Axum Hotel
Mequelae - Amedila
Drive to Amedila. On this day you will encounter camel caravans along the road. Beside this the landscape is very interesting to see from the road. Overnight camping in Amedila
After breakfast drive to the Dallol and to Lake Asale to watch workers excavating salt - hand chiseling the salt into large square tablets about 5 inches thick. The tablets are then stacked together and strapped onto the backs of camels, preparing for the long journey to market. Visit the lowest spot on the planet, before driving back to Amedila for overnight camping.
Amedila Dodem-Er Tale
Drive on the sands from Amedila to Dodem for a half day visit. In the afternoon drive 25 km to Korsobad desert village. Once the sun cools we will walk to the ER TALE active volcano for a magnificent volcanic show. Overnight camping on ER TALE
Er Tale-Dodem Afdera
Walk back to Korsobad and drive to Afdera for a half day. In the afternoon Visit Lake Afdera; another salt producing area. Overnight camping in Afdera
Driving out of the Rift Valley Desert you will encounter the Afari people as we make our way to Awash. Overnight in Genet Hotel
In the morning drive to the rift valley lake city of Debrezeit for a relaxing and absolutely refreshing day at the Kuriftu Resort and Spa
Return to Addis Ababa and departure
In the morning, visit DebreZeit lakes and after lunch drive to Addis Ababa for shopping and last minute preparations for departure. In the evening you are invited for dinner at an Ethiopian traditional restaurant where you can see local music and dance too. Later in the evening; transfer to Airport fly back home
Denise V.: I have had an unforgettable adventure and brought home very fond memories of Ethiopia and its people.
Chris Z.: My son and I enjoyed every minute in this fascinating country. We are now looking forward to arranging a similar tour...
Fathia O.: Everything was perfect...amazing, very professional, highly knowledgeable..