Tour – 4: Tour to the Land of Camel Caravan & Active Volcano ( 7 days )
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa, transfer to Hotel. City tour of Addis Ababa which includes the Ethnological museum, National Museum, Trinity Cathedral, the view point at Mount Entoto, and different part of the town.
Day 2: Addis Ababa – Makale flight and drive to Afdera. Afdera is one of the famous salt mines in the country. After cheek in to Hora Hor Hotel we walk to the salt mine to see local people do their daily business. Lake Afdera is about 100km square highly saline body of water fed by the abundant thermal springs. Afdera is 103 meters below sea level and registered as one of the fife lowest place in the world.
Day 3: Afdera – Erta Ale : Leave early in the morning and reach Kursawad for lunch to arrange the camels to carry our materials for the trekking to Mount Erta Ale. This is done though the local chef of the Afar nomadic tribe. After lunch and some rest, we stat the drive in the early afternoon to El Dom (at the base of Erta Ale). El Dom is about 17 km from Erta Ale and it takes about 3 hours trekking. Early dinner around 1730 or 1800 and trek up to Ertale at 2000 hours. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food to the rim of the volcano. Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1 km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake.
Day 4: Return from Ertale to the base camp and drive to Hamed Ela: , leave after an early breakfast, if possible at 04:30 am. You will reach latest at 1:30 am the camp, breakfast, pack and load, then drive to Hamed Ela via Kusrowad for overnight camping.
This is may be one of the worst road in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 5 hours passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm lined oasis. After you pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, you reach Hmad Ela, better village with a total population about 500 people. Over night camping.
Day 5: Full day around Hamad Ela. Hamed Ela is a spring board for the visit of Dalol depression and the salt mine. It is located on the caravan track. After breakfast, drive to Ragad (Asebo), the
place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of breaking the salt from the ground, cutting in to rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dalol and visit the different landscape formed by volcanic activity, back to Hamad Ela for overnight stay.
Day 6: Hamad Ela – Barahale – Makale. The is a drive to get out of the Danakil depression. 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 the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. Arrive Makale which was once the capital city of Ethiopia. It is now one of the big towns in the country. Depending on the time, we can visit the Museum in Makale, which was originally the palace of Emperor Yohanes of 18th century. Overnight in Axum Hotel.
Day 7: Makale – Addis Ababa. End of the tour