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Dalol is a locality in the Dallol woreda of northern Ethiopia. Located in Administrative Zone 2 of the Afar Region in the Afar Depression, it has a latitude and longitude of 14°14′19″N 40°17′38″E with an elevation of about 130 metres (430 ft) below sea level. The Central Statistical Agency has not published an estimate for this settlement’s 2005 population; it has been described as a ghost town.
Dallol currently holds the official record for record high average temperature for an inhabited location on Earth, where an average annual temperature of 35°C (95°F) was recorded between the years 1960 and 1966. Dallol is also one of the most remote places on Earth, although paved roads to the village of Hamedela, which is close, are being built. Still, the most important mode of transport besides jeeps are the camel caravans which travel to the area to collect salt.
Erta Ale is 613 metres (2,011 ft) high, with one or sometimes two active lava lakes at the summit which occasionally overflow on the south side of the volcano. It is notable for holding the longest-existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century (1906). Volcanoes with lava lakes are very rare: there are only six in the world.
Day 01 (Addis –Mekele-flight) – Ahmed Ela) 220Km
The drive takes you to Ahmed Ela passing through the western escarpment of the great Rift valley , Ahmed Ela Dallol ,one of Africa’s most striking geographical features of the earth 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 a dry salt lake from which Ethiopians since time immemorial have obtained their amoles, or bars of salt , used both for consumption and , not long ago , as a regular currency. Mined by the Afar people for at least a millennium and a 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 02 (Full day visit of Dallol depression that includes the geysers, fumaroles and traditional salt working area)
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’ deposits of sulphur and phosphorous and salt dooms. We will have PICNIC Lunch in one of the shady and blow of air place. Also witness the striking age dating CAMEL CARAVAN which passes through the small village of Ahmed Ela and follow to some place walking and talking the experience of the workers which leads the camels. Camping in Ahmed Ela with Local bed and open Air.
Day 03 (Ahmed Ela – Erta Ale)
(Drive from Ahmed Ela to Erta Ale through the desert or passing through Abala Mountain)
After dismantling the camping and have breakfast, the drive continues to Mount Erta Ale 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 Erta Ale. Have some Picnic lunch in the village. Then the drive continues until the Base of Erta Ale and the cars will stop in the parking area. We will be prepared for the 4 Hours trekking to the mount Erta Ale.
Erta Ale is one of its 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 distant. 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.
Arriving in Erta Ale will be around 9:00 Pm and upon arrival we can walk around 15 Minutes to be on the rim of the Volcano. Enjoy your stay around the Lava Lake and have all your Photo shoots. Camping around the ridge of the Lava Lake on the Floor with Mats and mattress.
Another day at Erta Ale Lava Lake and overnight camping around the Caldera
Day 05 (Descend down from Erta Ale and drive Afdera)
Early morning wakeup 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 its surrounding Hot spring water ponds. The Lake is swimmable and very attractive. Overnight camping around Lake Afdera
Drive to Semera town enjoying the Lava flow and other geological phenomena around the newly asphalt road. Overnight Hotel in Semera
Drive to Awash Nation National park where 812 Sq.Km in area, the Awash National Park is located 225Km east of Addis Abeba. Wild life in the park mostly consists of Oryx ,caracal ,Colobus & velvet Monkeys ,Klipspringers ,greater & lesser Kudus ,reed Buck ,water buck ,warthog , etc.. And more than 300 species of birds. Near the southern boundary of the park, there is an extraordinary natural attractions include the Awash River Falls. Also the Northern extension of the park includes Mt.Fantale, an active volcano with pumis and recent lava flows. Overnight Genet Hotel in Awash/Awash Falls Lodge
Early morning game view drive in the National park and precede come back to Addis through the Ethiopian Middle Rift valley.
End of the Tour
The tour package price for the above Program will be USD --------- per Person
Single room Supplement is USD
- Hotel and camping Accommodations on Double room basis as per the program.
- Meals on Full board basis in the best restaurants with water and Soft Drinks during the meals
- Transportation with our best conditioned 4WD Land Cruiser for the sightseeing’s and transfers throughout the trip.
- Professional English or Germany Speaking Guides with adequate Travel and Safety experience accompanying all the way.
- local Guides on the spots and Scouts as per the Program.
- all entrance fees
- All camping gears, cook for camping with all kitchen materials
- International and Domestic Flight Tickets, visas and Insurance.
- Expenses of Personal Nature like Alcoholic drinks, Laundry, porters’ fee and Tips.
- Video and Photographing fees
- Services that are not mentioned in the list.
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