Tankwa Ethiopia Tours

Afar, Dallol Depression & Ertale

Tour Overview

Destinations: Addis Ababa Addis Ababa Dessie-Mekele – Dessie Debre Birhan Mekele-Berha Ale Ahmed Ela – Erta Erta Ale – Afdera- Awash National Park- Harar-Addis Ababa

Tour Code: TT-1034

Duration: 11 Days and 10 Nights

Tour Title: Afar, Dallol Depression & Ertale

Transportation: All surfaces

The faulting and cracking of the eastern part of Africa caused the Great Rift Valley, which extends from the Middle East to Mozambique, passing in a north-south direction right through Ethiopia. This shearing of the earth’s surface occurred at the same time that the Arabian Peninsula, geologically a part of Africa, was separated from the rest of the continent. This volcanic activity, which has created the faulting & cracking of the earth, has continued until today & Danakil Depression is the witness among the many hot springs all over the country.

Now a day, at the very interesting place of adventure called “Ert-Ale” (meaning the smoking mountain in one of the local languages of Ethiopia ‘Afarigna’) earth tremors are often felt and exposed cones of old volcanic plugs are seen throughout the plateau. We, therefore, say, the following itineraries designed to the respective areas of Afdera, Dallol & Ertale, guarantee a great pleasure.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival to Addis Ababa and transfer to the hotel. Overnight hotel

Day 2. Addis Ababa – Dessie-departure for Dessie via Debre Birhan. Enroute visit the breath taking sceneries of Tarma Ber and Debre Sina. Overnight hotel

Day 3. Dessie-Mekele- In the morning start driving to Mekelle through the marvelous landscapes, en-route visit the Alamata Kobo chain mountains and daily market of Kobo. Overnight Mekele in hotel

Day 4. Mekele-Berha Ale- drives to Berha Ale to obtain the permit to proceed towards Ahmed Ela and Dallol. Overnight camping

Day 5. Berha Ale-Ahmed Ela – Dallol continue to Ahmed Ela, from where you would explore the salt mines, laying some 3o minutes drive away from here. Overnight camping

Day 6. Ahmed Ela – Erta Ale drive from Ahmed Ela through Dallol to ascend Erta Ale. Overnight, camping

Day 7. Erta Ale – Afdera, descend Erta Ale and drive through Dodom to Afdera. Overnight camp

Day 8. Afdera – Logia drive through Serdo and Semera towards Logia for the overnight in a hotel with very basics only.

Day 9. Logia – Bilen- drive to Awash. Overnight hotel

Day 10. Bilen – Harar Drive to Harar. Sightseeing in Harar. Evening attend the hyena-man show. Overnight hotel

Day 11. Harar to Addis Ababa, drive back to Addis, arriving in early evening. Refresh in day room. After a farewell dinner, transfer to the airport for your departure.

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