Historic Route with Denakil Depression and Harar

Tour Overview

The Danakil/Dallol Depression is one of the remotest, lowest and unique land formations of the world located in the Ethiopian Great Rift Valley system. Still it is part of the earth which is unstable and pulling each other. In this adventure you will explore Erta Ale, absolutely unique Lava Lake erupting 24 hours and Dallol, the lowest part of Danakil Depression (116 below sea level) extremely hottest and inhospitable place but enjoyable and extraordinary colorful landscape. It is famous for its fascinating fumaroles amazing rock formations, crystal and mineral deposits. After that, this overland adventure takes you to Lake Asale, famous salt mining lake and visits to salt workers when cutting, shaping and loading. Besides, salt merchants along with their endless Camel Caravans will be visited.

The second overland journey will take us to the rich historical sights of Ethiopia through stunning landscape, people and villages of the Amhara, Oromo, Tigrai, Agew, Afar . . . and more. In addition to this the old aged island monasteries and the fabulous Blue Nile falls, the famous royal compound of Gonder known as the Camelot of Africa, the dramatic summit and breathtaking scenery of the Simien Mountains, with their endemic flora and fauna, the ancient Stelae, churches and tombs of the Axumite kingdom, the cliff top rock churches of Tigrai, the 12th and 13th century monolithic rock hewn churches of Lalibela can be visited.

Tour Itinerary

Tour code: OLET 4002

Duration: 22 Days and 21 NIGHTS

Means of Transport: Surface and air

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Overnight Hotel

Day 2: Time to explore the sightseeing of Addis Ababa. Overnight Hotel

Day 3: Head to Awash Park; afternoon do game drive. Overnight Hotel

Day 4: Head to Harar; in the evening visit the hyenas. Overnight Hotel

Day 5: Visit Harer; and afternoon drive back to Awash. Overnight Hotel

Day 6: Head to Semera door to the Danakil region. Overnight Camping

Day 7: Trip to Afdera where we will see salt mining. Overnight Camping

Day 8: To Kursewad; late afternoon walk to Erta Ale. Overnight Camping

Day 9: Walk back meets the car and head to Hamed Ela. Overnight Camp

Day 10: Visit Dallol, Lake Asele and camel caravans. Overnight Camping

Day 11: Leave Hamed Ela and journey to Hawzen town. Overnight Hotel

Day 12: Discover the well-known rock churches of Tigrai. Overnight Hotel

Day 13: Head to Axum exploring Debre Damo and Yeha. Overnight Hotel

Day 14: Pay time to discover the sightseeing of Axum.   Overnight Hotel

Day 15: Journey to the Semien Mountains National park. Overnight Hotel

Day 16: Head to Gonder to see ancient numerous castles. Overnight Hotel

Day 17: Pre-lunch explore Gonder then drive to Bahir Dar. Overnight Hotel

Day 18: Time to discover island monasteries of Lake Tana. Overnight Hotel

Day 19: Journey to Lalibela exploring the Awramba people. Overnight Hotel

Day 20: Full day in Lalibela visiting the rock hewn churches. Overnight Hotel

Day 21: Morning we leave Lalibela and head to Kombolcha. Overnight Hotel

Day 22: Drive back to Addis Ababa; in the evening departure back to home.

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