7 Days Afar

Program: Danakil Depression and Awash National Park.
Duration: 6 Night and 7 Days
Tour Code: AET 11
Transport: Air and Surface


Day 01: Arrival of Addis Ababa and Sight seeing

Upon arrival in Addis Ababa, our staff will meet you at Bole International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Full day sightseeing of the Capital, which includes, the National Museum, to see the 3.2 million year old remains of “Lucy”. Whose skeleton was discovered in 1974. Continue to the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University, a great insight too many different peoples of Ethiopia and their respective cultures. After visiting Holy Trinity Cathedral, visit ‘Merkato’, the largest open-air market in East Africa. We will end the day with a drive to the top of Mount Entoto, which rises to an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level and offers a panoramic view of the metropolis. Overnight hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Mekelle and drive to Hamed Ela, Beginning the tour to the Danakil 180 Km.

Early in the morning after breakfast transfer to air port to fly to Mekelle. Then continue driving to Hamed Ela and Picnic lunch at Berhale where we arrange the permits and police escort. We will be around late afternoon at Hamed Ela campsite where we will be staying camping for two nights. On the way you will also admire some local Tigray and Afar tribes’ village and camel caravan carrying the salt bars to transport it to the nearest local town. Overnight camping Hamed Ela.

Day 03: Excursion to Dallol Depression 50 Km.

After early breakfast drive to Lake Assale, salty Lake and visit the salt workers and the merchant, then drive to Dallol/Danakil Depression, which straddles the Eritrean border to the east of the Tigriay Highlands and is officially listed as the hottest place on the earth’s surface with an average temperature of 40 – 50 degrees Celsius. Most of this vast and unpopulated region lies below sea level at 116 Meters. Overnight Camping at Hamed Ela.

Day 04: Hamed Ela–Via Dodome–Erta Ale 95 Km.

Early In the morning, drive to Dodome. Here we will arrange camels to transport your luggage and water, and then you will start hiking to the Erta Ale Volcanic hills (613 meters above sea level) which is about 15km one way, and walk to see the volcanic eruption. The eruption is so colorful and spectacular. At night, we will camp nearby the eruption, on the crater rim above the active lava lake.

Day 05: Drive to Afdera 110 Km.

Drive to Afdera, desert area of the Afar Region. You will have good opportunity to explore many of desert hot springs. Camping at the shore of the lake.

Day 06: Drive to Awash National Park 350 Km.

This day you will see many of Afar nomads with their huge amount of livestock. The Afar people are one of Ethiopian ethnic group with amazing culture which is inspiring traveler. Overnight hotel.

Day 07: Game drive at Awash National Park–Drive Back Addis Ababa 230 Km.

The park established in 1966, the Park is home to more than 80 species of mammals and 454 species of birds, with major attractions, Trek along, drive in Awash National Park, where one can see large herds of Beisa Oryx and Soemmering’s Gazelle and numerous mammal and bird species, ecology in the wilderness, further drive to Addis Ababa Admire Lake Beseka and the Fentale crater. Evening enjoy a “farewell dinner” and coffee ceremony in one the famous traditional restaurant; enjoy Folkloric show before you transfer to airport to fly back to home.


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