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Danakil Depression with Flight to Mekele

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    5 Days 4 Nights
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    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.

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    Day 1Drive to Ahmed Ela

    The drive takes you to Ahmed Ela passing through the western escarpment of the great Rift Valley. Ahemd Ela Dallol,one of Africa’s most striking geographical features of the surface even visible from space,Danakil or Afar Depression ,which encompasses a good portion of the Afar Region,is one of the earth hottest and most inhospitable places,with many points more than 100 meters below sea level and noon time temperature soaring above 50’c.it is the site of dry salt take from which Ethiopians since time immemorial have obtained their amoles, or bars of salts, used both both for consumption and ,not long ago , as a regular currency.Mined by the Afar people for at least a millennium and half,the salt is loaded on camels and taken to the highlands,where it is still in considerable demand and fetches a good price. Camping in Ahmed Ela with local beds and open air.

    Day 2Visit Dallol vicinity

    Full day,visit of all the Dallol vicinity that includes salt plain working area,Lake Asale(The Salt Lake) Dallol active colorful hot brine springs and Fumaroles’ deposists of sulphur and Phosphorous and salt dooms.We will have Picnic Lunch in one of the shady and below of air place.Also witness the striking age dating Camel Caravan which passes through the small village of Ahmed Ela and folow to some place walking and talking the experience of the workers which leads the camels.Camping in Ahmed Ela with Local b ed and open Air.

    Day 3Continue to Mount Ertaale

    After dismantling the camping and have breakfast,the drive continues to Mount Ertaale passing through sand Dooms and recently flow of lava.After arriving in one of the Afar village called Dodom we will have a welcoming Brief from the chief of the clan and he will inform us the security of Ertale. Have some Picnic lunch in the village.Then the drive continues until the base of Ertale and the cars will stop in the parking area.we will be prepared for the 4 hours trekking to the mount ertale. Erta Ale is one of it’s kinds in the world because it has been staying active lava lake for the last 125 years and you can observe the lake from every corner of the rim with very close.it is the result of the Triple divergent Tectonic Plates in the east of Africa and it is the only place on earth where you can see the oceanic ridge on the surface next to Iceland.

    Day 4Continue to lake Afdera

    Early morning wake up call and if anybody wants to see the Lava Lake. Again we will arrange the visit otherwise we start to descend down to the base camp where our cars are parked and upon arrival we will have some minutes rest and breakfast.Then the drive continues to lake Afdera. Enjoy the Afdera salt lake with it’s surrounding hot spring water ponds. The lake is swim-able and very attractive.The drive will proceed to Mekele. Overnight hotel in Mekele.

    Day 5Fly to Addis Ababa

    End of the Tour