Afar Adventure Safari

Tour Highlights

Adventure in Afar The triangular basin between the Danakil Desert and the Afar Plain holds some of the most astounding terrain in the Horn of Africa. The Danakil Depression at 125m (410ft) below sea leveland volcanic peaks to as high as 2500m (6200ft). While temperatures can reach 50o C, the Danakil Depression is not exactly a breezy tour, rather an inhospitable environment for all living creatures, including human beings.

Nonetheless the Afar region is home to the Afar people, who have survived centuries by adopting a nomadic existence and local economy based on salt trading in the highlands to endure this extreme and hostile environment. Perhaps the most famous site in the great depression is the active volcano Erta Ale, rising to 613m (2011ft) with one or sometimes two active lava lakes boiling in its caldera.

Visiting the crater in the middle of the night is the best way to avoid the mid-day heat. The other major attraction in the Danakil Depression is Dallol, where a volcanic explosion has created a crater some100km northwest of Erta Ale. The crater was formed during a paratactic eruption in 1926. All around the crater are pools of volcanic minerals translating to vivid oranges, yellows and reds, which makes for an unforgettable visit.

Day 1 Arrival

Upon arrival you will be met and transfered to a hotel in Addis Ababa. Overnight hotel.

Day 2

Drive to Awash National Park to see large game and various birds. Overnight in National Park lodge.

Day 3

Drive to Semera and explore the Afar village and its culture. Overnight camping.

Day 4

Drive to Lake Afera. Overnight camping.

Day 5

Drive to Dodom and start trek to Erta Ale. Overnight camping.

Day 6

Drive to Waydodo. Overnight camping.

Day 7

Drive to Ahmed Ela. Overnight camping.

Day 8

Drive to Lake Asele and to Dallol and back to Ahmed Ela. Overnight camping.

Day 9

Drive to Mekele through the town of Berhile. Overnight hotel.

Day 10

Drive to Kombolcha, en route you visit Hayeke Stiphanose monastery. Overnight hotel.

Day 11

Drive to Addis Ababa (time permitting visit Senbete market). Overnight hotel.

Day 12

Full day city tour of Addis Ababa, in evening, farewell dinner party and departure.

 

Accommodation Options

Season & Safari Cost:

Starts Ends Comfort Level Cost/Person Single Supplement Deposit Reservation
Customize This Safari

Included

Excluded

Detailed Tour Itinerary

Adventure in Afar The triangular basin between the Danakil Desert and the Afar Plain holds some of the most astounding terrain in the Horn of Africa. The Danakil Depression at 125m (410ft) below sea leveland volcanic peaks to as high as 2500m (6200ft). While temperatures can reach 50o C, the Danakil Depression is not exactly a breezy tour, rather an inhospitable environment for all living creatures, including human beings.

Nonetheless the Afar region is home to the Afar people, who have survived centuries by adopting a nomadic existence and local economy based on salt trading in the highlands to endure this extreme and hostile environment. Perhaps the most famous site in the great depression is the active volcano Erta Ale, rising to 613m (2011ft) with one or sometimes two active lava lakes boiling in its caldera.

Visiting the crater in the middle of the night is the best way to avoid the mid-day heat. The other major attraction in the Danakil Depression is Dallol, where a volcanic explosion has created a crater some100km northwest of Erta Ale. The crater was formed during a paratactic eruption in 1926. All around the crater are pools of volcanic minerals translating to vivid oranges, yellows and reds, which makes for an unforgettable visit.

Day 1 Arrival

Upon arrival you will be met and transfered to a hotel in Addis Ababa. Overnight hotel.

Day 2

Drive to Awash National Park to see large game and various birds. Overnight in National Park lodge.

Day 3

Drive to Semera and explore the Afar village and its culture. Overnight camping.

Day 4

Drive to Lake Afera. Overnight camping.

Day 5

Drive to Dodom and start trek to Erta Ale. Overnight camping.

Day 6

Drive to Waydodo. Overnight camping.

Day 7

Drive to Ahmed Ela. Overnight camping.

Day 8

Drive to Lake Asele and to Dallol and back to Ahmed Ela. Overnight camping.

Day 9

Drive to Mekele through the town of Berhile. Overnight hotel.

Day 10

Drive to Kombolcha, en route you visit Hayeke Stiphanose monastery. Overnight hotel.

Day 11

Drive to Addis Ababa (time permitting visit Senbete market). Overnight hotel.

Day 12

Full day city tour of Addis Ababa, in evening, farewell dinner party and departure.