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Danakil Depression with Lalibela

 
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Afar region is the lowest and hottest area of the desolate Denakil depression and home to afar people.

It is one of the lowest points on earth not covered by water. There are hot yellow sulfur fields among the world’s only active land volcano which is below sea level with colored landscapes.

You first drive to visit Awash national park and continue to Asaita next morning. This day the guide arrange scouts at the same time you will make an excursion to Afambo the beginning Awash Delta. Then you will drive to Afdera (salt lake).continue to Dodom camp. In the afternoon you start to walk Ertale volcanic eruption. This day you will walk throughout the night because the cooler of the eruption is not visible at the day night. As the night you will walk to see the dramatic color formation as result of the eruption. Lastly you will visit the rock hewn churches of Lalibela 8th wonder of the world and registered by UNSECO as a world heritage site.

It is one of the most extraordinary experiences don’t miss the program.

 

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Highlights

  • Fun
  • Fun
  • Fun
 

Facts

Duration
13 days
12 nights
 
Tour style
Adventure
 
Physical rating
Challenging
 
Age requirements
20 - 80
 
Service level
Upgraded
 
Group size
2 - 12
 
My own room option
Available upon request
 
Recommended period
  • Summer
  • Fall
 
Itinerary
  • Days
    1
    Locations covered
    Addis Ababa
    Description
    Arrive in Addis Ababa and transfer to the hotel.
    Accommodation
    Jupiter Hotel (4)
    Meal plans
    Dinner
  • Days
    2
    Locations covered
    Metehara, Awash National Park
    Description

    Leave Addis Ababa to drive in the Rift Valley crossing Metehara to Awash National Park. In the afternoon, game drive to spot Beisa Oryx, Kudu, Warthog, Gazelles, and the Magnificent Awash River Falls.

    Accommodation
    Awash Falls Lodge (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    3
    Locations covered
    Asaita
    Description

    Drive across the territory of the Afar people to Asaita.

    Accommodation
    Camping or local basic hotel (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    4
    Locations covered
    Afar region
    Description

    Produce the permission; organize the scouts’ e.t.c. Then, drive to Afrera Salt Lake, the real desert of the Afar region begins from here.

    Accommodation
    Camping (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    5
    Locations covered
    Afar region
    Description

    Drive to the typical Afar village of Dodom, from where we trek to the volcano. Preparation for trekking and in the evening trek to the rim of the volcano. During the night, you visit the drama of the active volcano of mount Ert Ale, in whose crater lays the only permanent lava lake in the world, and another volcano of bubbling lava.

    Accommodation
    Camping (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    6
    Locations covered
    Afar region
    Description
    In the morning, trek back and meet the vehicle to drive to Ahmedela, a far flung settlement in a nomadic tribal area.
    Accommodation
    Camping (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    7
    Locations covered
    Afar region
    Description
    At sun rise, in the morning hike (3 – 4 hours hot day) to the salt mines, where salt bars are cut and prepared for camel transportation, return to Ahmedela.
    Accommodation
    Camping (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    8
    Locations covered
    Afar region, Dallo depression
    Description

    Morning drive to Dallol depression, (one of the lowest points on the earth which dips to -116 meters). Visit amazing rock formations and bubbling sulfur springs. Then, continue to Berhaile.

    Accommodation
    Camping (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    9
    Locations covered
    Mekele
    Description

    Ascend to Desa escarpment with juniper and wild olive trees. Then, continue to Mekele town on the way visit wokro Cherkose church.

    Accommodation
    Axum Hotel (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    10
    Locations covered
    Tigray region, Lalibela
    Description

    After breakfast leave for Lalibela passing through the stunning scenery of the North central Massif and the Tigrean plateau. En-route before reaching to Lalibela visits the magnificent built-up cave church of King Yemrehana Kirstos. This atmospheric church is even older than that of King Lalibela’s Rock-hewn churches.

    Accommodation
    Mountain View Hotel (Not applicable)
  • Days
    11
    Locations covered
    Lalibela
    Description

    Tour of the first and second group of King Lalibela’s 12th.C.Rockhewn churches (World Heritage Site). Although all of these churches are carved out of huge blocks of rocks, each of them displays unique architectural features from the other.

    Accommodation
    Mountain View Hotel (Not applicable)
  • Days
    12
    Locations covered
    Wollo province, Kombolcha
    Description

    Drive to Kombolcha via many small towns of Wollo province including the historical town of Wuchale, where the controversial Treaty of Wuchale is signed between Emperor Menelik of Ethiopia and Italy which ultimately led to the famous battle of Adwa in 1896. En-route, depending on time availability, you visit Hayk Stephanos Monastery to kombolcha.

    Accommodation
    Sunny Side Hotel (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    13
    Description

    Drive back to Addis Ababa. In the evening, you will be invited traditional dinner in one of the best traditional restaurants of the capital with a cultural show of the different Ethiopian people. Transfer to the airport. Departure End of service.

    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
 

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