2 days touring

Travel by Private Car

Tour Available: August - May

Meals: 1 Breakfast; 2 Lunches; 1 Dinner; [2]

Fitness level required: Medium

This short tour out of Mekele will take you right to the edge of an active volcano’s lava lake – a sight that is truly out of this world!

The Erta Ale volcano is a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia. It is situated in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area spanning the border with Eritrea. Erta Ale is the most active volcano in Ethiopia.

To get to the volcano, you will drive through mountain passes, across desert sands, off-road through a lava field before hiking 3 hours to the top of the volcano. That night you will spend an unforgettable night under the stars next to the lava lake!

 

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The Danakil Depression – 2 Day Trip to Erta Ale

Day 1: Mekele / Abala / Erta Ale

Depart Mekele very early and drive to Erta Ale via the small town of Abala. The road is paved until we reach a point about 2 – 3 hours drive from Abala. The first section of off-roading will take us across the desert sands for around 1 hour. After crossing the sands, we will then navigate our way through a lava field covering around 12km in 1 and a half to 2 hours. Slow going!

The cars, will take us as far as a military outpost, called Dodom, after which we will hike 3 hours to the top of the crater. Half of the hike will be done in daylight and half in darkness so bring a good torch.

Once we reach the top of the crater, you will get around 1 hour to relax and take in the amazing sight of the lava lake. This is truly an ‘out of this world’ experience and somewhat hard to fathom.

After taking in the lava lake, walk the short distance back to the camp for dinner and sleep.

Erta Ale

Danakil

Erta Ale is a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia. It is situated in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area spanning the border with Eritrea. Erta Ale is the most active volcano in Ethiopia.

Meals Included on this Day

Lunch & Dinner

Private Vechicle

Mekele - Abala - Erta Ale

5h - 6h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Day 2: Erta Ale / Abala / Mekele

At 4am, wake up and walk the short distance down to the crater lake. Relax by the lava lake until sunrise. You will notice that the flow of the lake has changed since the night before so that is why we take in two visits to see the lava lake.

After sunrise, hike for 2 – 3 hours back down to the military camp for breakfast.

After breakfast, drive back to Mekele stopping off for lunch along the route.

Meals Included on this Day

Breakfast & Lunch

Private Vechicle

Erta Ale - Abala - Mekele

5h - 6h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.


Points to note:

[1] The "price per person" amount is a guide price only. Please submit a quote request for a more definite price.

[2] The price for meals includes a soft drink / water plus tea and coffee with each meal. Alcohol is not included but can be purchased at an extra cost.

[3] Hotels listed on individual days of the tour will be booked where possible but may be changed subject to availability.

2 days touring

Travel by Private Car

Tour Available: August - May

Meals: 1 Breakfast; 2 Lunches; 1 Dinner;

Fitness level required: Medium

Mekele

Mek'ele, Tigray, Ethiopia

Starting and finishing point of the tour.

Abala

Abala, Afar, Ethiopia

Erta Ale

Erta Ale, Afar Zone 2, Afar, Ethiopia

You're base for the night and home to the lava lake.

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Certainly one of the most positive experiences of all the trips I made. Alexander is a very caring, thoughtful, professional man. We visited beautiful and authentic places, also a local religious ceremony… really exciting!

Andrea Gioacchini