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Awash National Park, Ertale active volcanic hill and Dallol with some Tigray Rock hewn churches

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October 8, 2022
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    15 Days 14 Nights
    Tour Details

    Discover the heat of Danakil and Erta Ale passing through the volcanoes of the rift valley which includes the major features of the rift valley volcanoes, fissures and fresh lava flows like Fantale, the puzzle of Lake Besaka and the river Awash with Awash National Park. Most of the Danakil is below sea level and extremely hot – it is a place of many strange sights that includes Dallol with its astonishing volcanic patchwork in bright yellow and turquoise, Lake Asale where the Afar people worked for more than 2000 years for salt extraction and Erta Ale like a large metal cooking pot with full of Molten Lava Lake active for the past 100 years and Lake Afrera with its greenish sea salt water. It also includes the highlight visit of the rock-hewn churches of Geralta mountains ranges in the north east of Mekele.

    What to Expect

    Witness the birth of an ocean and the place where three Tectonic plates meets namely the Arabian plate, Somali plate and African plate .The main Ethiopian Rift is widening at a much slower  rate than the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden and still entirely underlain by a continental crust. The rift valley northwards: volcanoes, fissures and fresh lava Flows:Fantale mountain situated at the apex of the main Ethiopian Rift where it opens out into Afar .other attractive features in the Awash National park is the Awash river fall .At the end of the exploration of the natural attractions, you will be refreshed with the historical monuments of the Tigray rock hewn churches.

    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrive to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    transfer to your hotel. O/N hotel (4*)

    Day 2Drive to Awash National park

    Then to Fentale creator to visit the area, then back to Awash for overnight. Local hotel or Camping at the National park.

    Day 3Drive to Semera

    Drive to Semera (regional admin center for the Afar region) to process the entrance fee and permission then

    Day 4Drive to visit ALLOLOPAD volcanic hot spring fountains

    pick a local guide then drive to visit ALLOLOPAD volcanic hot spring fountains. Then back to Semera or spend the night at Dubti village. Camping.

    Day 5Drive to Afdera

    visit the Afdera salt lake. O/N Camping

    Day 6Drive to Dodom village

    a short visit around the Lake then drive to Dodom village to arrange your next day walk to the Ertale. O/N Camping

    Day 7Visit the active volcano

    early in the morning walk to the Ertale volcanic hill, visit the active volcano and around. O/N Camping

    Day 8Second day visit around the volcanic areas

    your second day visit around the volcanic areas. O/N Camping

    Day 9Drive to Ahmedale

    Early in the morning you will walk back to the cars, and then drive to Ahmedale . O/N Camping

    Day 10Drive to Dallol

    visit around then drive back to Ahmedale. O/N Camping

    Day 11Drive to Mekele

    Over Night Hotel 3*

    Day 12Visit rock hewn churches of Tigray

    this day you can visit 3 or 4 unique rock hewn churches of Tigray. Then drive back to Mekele fo overnight. (I advise this after a lot of camping and hot weather of Afar so you can relax a bit).

    Day 13Drive to Kombolcha

    Drive to Kombolcha. O/N local Hotel

    Day 14Drive back to Addis Ababa

    Drive back to Addis. O/N Hotel (4*)

    Day 15City tour of Addis Ababa

    National museum, the ethnological museum, the biggest open air market in Ethiopia ‘Merkato’, and more…, Evening departure

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