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Erta’ Ale and Dalol Depression

Danakil/Dallol Depression 

Danakil Depression, which is a formation of the Great Rift Valley and sharing the Eritrean border to the East of the Tigrigna Highlands, was clearly visible to the first astronauts who walked on the moon. It is listed as one of the hottest places on the earth with temperatures souring up to 34 °C every day of the year and soaring to 55 °C during summer. The Danakil Depression is a practically an unpopulated region lying as low as -116m below the sea level. The depression lies near Lake Asale, the lowest spot in Africa. It is one of the driest and tectonically active areas on the planet. The depression’s temperatures can hit up to 50 °C and being part of the rift valley system, there are countless sulphurous springs and an astonishing part of Africa’s active volcanoes. The Danakil desert is regarded as one of the most extreme environments spotting violent volcanoes, blistering air temperatures, gases and land masses still being torn apart by massive earthly forces, making it an improbable tourism hotspot, though that is what it’s turning out to be. 

On this voyage, you will experience,

Dallol, is one of the few places where potash deposits are found on the surface. These are brought to the surface by geothermal heated groundwater and can form large secondary deposits as the water that transported them evaporates. This geothermal activity or volcanic activity is indeed common in continental extension basins such as the Danakil Depression and is further evidenced by the volcanic chains in the area which include the active Erta Ale volcano.


The mountain that smokes, in Afar Language, is a basaltic shield volcano known for persistent lava lake activity, the only permanent lava on the earth, since the early 20th century. It is one of the most fascinating and physically demanding natural attractions in Ethiopia. It comprises of two pit craters with the larger one being inactive. The smaller one is 140 meters in diameter, 60 to 90 meters deep and with an active fire lake.  Erta ale offers one of the breath taking adventures in the middle of the desert. The best time to visit the Erta Ale is at dawn and in the evening, this is to avoid excessive heat and also to   see the red, unique fascinating larva that looks like a scene of biblical destruction on one of its pits also known as the 'gateway to hell'. An aerial view casts a breathtaking, spectacular sight and although touring the volcanoes is deemed a physically challenging excursion; the rewards are unforgettable experiences. Since every tour brings forth varying physical demands, we have supple programs to suit the groups’ interests, physical capabilities, the changing weather and other unforeseen external factors. 

The other places of interest may include:

Yellow Lake, this is a massive sulphuric lake, and gets its name from its striking color. Nearby are incredible salt plains that erode all life, making Danakil an even more extra-terrestrial region.

Ahmed Elat is the plane of salt; here you will have a chance to witness the ancient tradition of salt extraction from the salt fields and the transportation of these salt bars with endless lines of camel caravan for days from the depression to the highland towns. A short trail reaches the white desert, boundless and dazzling. In the middle of the plain, an outcrop of reddish rock, a concretion form sulfate salt of magnesium, a small island that rises from sea salt that surrounds it. 

Definitely not for the faint of heart, this tour is the ultimate adventure! If you want to put your physical prowess to test, then Danakil is one of the ideal places. A drive through the breathe-taking scenery, acute temperatures and rough roads offers an awesome chance to discover the superb landscape of Ethiopia. Be amongst the few to explore one of the hottest places on the earth-however, be wary it is not the easiest of rides, but you are assured of a ride of a lifetime.