Short Danakil Depression Tour 2 days

Danakil Depression is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world but is nonetheless spectacular and full of eye-catching colors like sulphur springs. You pass through a small town of Berhale where the camel caravan stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long camel caravans coming to the salt mine and others going out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels.

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Day 1 Mekele – Hamede Ela to Berhale

A lava lake, a yellow desert, camel caravan’s vicious heat … you’re going to see all this legends in your trip. Denakil Depression is one of the must see lists in Ethiopia. Start driving in the early morning to reduce the heat. You pass through a small town of Berhale where the camel caravan stops before they proceed to the north. On the road you get long camel caravans coming to the salt mine and others going out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. You will camp and stay the night in Hamedela. Overnight: Hamed Ela.

Day 2 Dallol

Today you will see the famous landscape formed via volcanic eruptions. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places and the hottest in the world) is found 20 Km north from Hamedela, where great warts of twisted sulphur and iron oxide paint a yellow land scape of sulphur springs. It is where Afar people hack blocks of salt out of the ground and the camel caravans load up here. After witnessing this you can proceed to your base town Mekele. Overnight: Mekele

Short Danakil Depression Tour is one of the most popular of our tours. If you want to benefit the most from your visit there we recommend you Explore Danakil Depression Tour.

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What's included

  • Arrival and departure airport/ hotel transfers (depending on the time of your arrival/departure the price may increase)
  • Transportation according to the chosen level
  • Petrol
  • English speaking driver/ guide
  • Park/ museum entrance fees
  • Camping accommodation
  • 3 meals per day & 1 litre of water pppd
  • Camping equipment
  • Cook and meals while on camping
  • Scout and police service in Afar region

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* Minimum of 1 adults are required on this tour


From $499 Check prices

Country: Ethiopia

Start city: Mekele

Nearest airport: Alula Aba Nega Airport (MQX)

Duration: 2 days

Available for: Students,Adults,Seniors

Guide speaks: English
* Other languages possible on request

  • Danakil
  • Dallol
  • Erta Ale
  • Salt mines
  • Nature
  • Trekking

Our clients say:

I did a15-day private tour (just a friend and I) of the Northern historical circuit with Afrotours in December-January 2013/14. Afro Tours did a really great job in customizing the trip to our particular interests, preferences for accommodation and budget. A real differentiator between them and other tours I've been on is that they were flexible in real time - When illness struck, we spent an unexpectedly long time in one place or just wanted to slow down a bit, they were totally willing to change the schedule and accommodations. Both the guide and driver were very knowledgeable, experienced, spoke wonderful English and gave good advice. In addition, having checked with several other tour operators, Afro Tours gave us significantly better pricing. All in all it was a great experience, and I would recommend them to anyone going to Ethiopia!
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