General Information

  • Spaces Available: All spaces are available
  • Days and Nights: 7 Days and 6 Nights
  • Tour Code: HTP-EBTT 01/2018
  • Tour Guide:-
  • Minimum Participant: 1 traveler and 1 Ethio Blossoms Tour guide
  • Transportation: Surface Drive and Flight
  • Start Location: Addis Ababa
  • End Location: Addis Ababa
  • Type of Tour: Adventure and Nature

 

DAY 01: ADDIS ABABA

Arrival in Addis Ababa, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel by Ethio Blossoms tour and travel representative. Depending on your arrival time City tour of Addis Ababa will be arranged: Being home for United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union (AU) Addis Ababa is referred as the capital of Africa. Addis is also the center of the country’s Economy, social and political activity. City tour of Addis Ababa includes National museum: home for the oldest and famous hominid fossil of ‘Lucy’, Ethnographic museum: treasured with cultural and historical artifacts from all over Ethiopia, Mount Entoto for the scenic view of Addis Ababa, Trinity cathedral church its unique architecture and iconic window paintings painted by the famous Ethiopian painter Afwork Tekle and Merkato: the biggest open air market in East Africa.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: 4X4 Land cruiser
  • Accommodation: Jupiter International hotel or Similar

 DAY 02: FLY TO MEKELLE: JUMMAH AT AL NEJASHI MOSQUE

Early in the morning fly to Mekelle upon arrival you will drive some 45 Km to the famous Al Nejash Mosque. Al Nejash Mosque is the oldest mosque in Ethiopia which dates back to 6 century AD and is one of the holiest places for the Muslim community in the world. The mosque is a cross-cultural link between Muslim and people of Ethiopia. The architecture of the mosque is very impressive. This day you will spend the morning visiting the mosque and at mid-day, you will attend the Friday prayer at this historic mosque which makes your tour unforgettable.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: 4X4 Land cruiser
  • Accommodation: Planet International hotel or Similar

DAY 03: DRIVE TO HAMED ELA

Today’s aim is first DODOM (‘palm tree’) -the base of the ERTA ALE volcano and later, at night, Erta Ale itself. After a breakfast at the lake, it is a 70 km drive on sandy ground and over cold lava rocks. On the way we visit the salt miners which are local Afar people. They pump salt water over the surface and let it evaporate to create a salt crust. Lunch will be served in Dodom village, surrounded by many local people. Here we also have to show our permission to climb ERTA ALE (‘the smoking mountain’), get the needed camels for transporting the goods, more scouts.. Dinner time is already at 5-ish since we have to start trekking up to the volcano around 6-7pm. Dodom is approximately 8.5km away from Erta Ale and this stretch will take about 3 hours of trekking. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic actions of the boiling lava. The Volcano is 613 meters high, the lava lake contains actually 2 caters, one of them, the northern one, is inactive with no Magma. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake on this planet. Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia; it is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. The volcano contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. We set our camp a little bit away from the rim, on the other side of the wind so we won’t have to inhale the toxic gases. After enjoying this great, special, sometimes smelly, sometimes loud and hot experience we overnight in our camp, again with a brilliantly shining night sky.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: 4X4 Land cruiser
  • Accommodation: Camping

DAY 04: ERTA ALE- DODOM-AFDERA- ABALA

For enjoying the very special sunrise (at 6am) we have to get up early, but you will see it is of course very well worth it. A short stroll takes us to the northern crater; from here we descend around 7am in the direction Dodom, which we will reach after 2hours. Here breakfast will be served and you have some time to relax. We start our drive to abala on the way we will stop for lunch and swimming at LAKE AFDERA. Reach the local village Afdera, a 15 min walk from the Lake Afdera, have a stop there to explore it and yet another coffee or coke with the inhabitants. After that we continue to the Lake Afdera, Meanwhile we go for a swim, floating on the surface of the salt lake and enjoying the nearby hot springs, after lunch drive to Abala for overnight.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: 4X4 Land cruiser
  • Accommodation: Camping

DAY 05: OUR NEXT DESTINATION HAMEDELA

150 km/4 hours Lunch is served en route and many stops on the way to see the great view points and local villages, we reach Hamedela around 4:30pm, a bigger village with a total population about 500 people, after visiting the village Hamedela we drive to LAKE ASALE (lake ‘Red Mountain’) a huge salt lake-is in walking distance, where we take a deep breath and a wine or beer for sunset, taking in the many reflections. Our tonight camp is in Hamedela.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: 4X4 Land cruiser
  • Accommodation: Camping

DAY 06: HAMED ALE- DALLOL- MEKELE

Again you get served an early breakfast at 6, around 7we start driving the short distance (approx 30 min) to Dallol (‘a colorful place’) via Asebo (‘the salt desert’), where- you can guess it they mine salt between 1,200 km2 of the Afar Depression is covered by salt. You can watch the workers breaking the salt from the ground, cutting it into rectangular pieces and loading it onto camels. The caravans start from here. This is also the lowest point of the Danakil – 116 meters! We continue driving ahead to Dallol and stroll through the different landscapes formed by volcanic activities. Incredible, moon-like, colorful creations of the sulfur and huge salt mountains are to be found here. From here we proceed to Mekele (180 km, around 4 hours), leaving the lowland and make our way up (Mekele is situated at 2100m!), having wonderful mountains on our side, reaching civilization at around 5pm.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: 4X4 Land cruiser
  • Accommodation: Planet International hotel or Similar

Day 7: Drive back to Addis Ababa 

After a relaxed breakfast you will fly to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa before afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home. 

  • The tour program can be modified differently, rearranged, combined with other itinerary and shorten or extended to suit your interest, time and budget.
  • Up on request Ethioblossoms can arrange various tour programs based on your interest.
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