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7 Days Nature tour itinerary for ethiopia: Combine Erta Ale Adventure With A Visit To An Ancient Site

Addis Ababa, Dallol, Lalibela, Mekele

Nature Tour
Bizarre Encounters Tour
Volcano Tour

Visit one of the most inhospitable places on earth- the Erta'Ale volcano and also, the Danakil Depression where you set up camp. Also, learn how salt is extracted from this volcanic area dotted with sulphur springs. Afterwards, explore the archaeological remains at the ancient site in Lalibela.

DAY 01

Arrival in Addis- Mekelle - afdera

  • Take the 7 AM flight to Mekelle. 

  • Your Ethiopia tour guide will pick you up at the airport. Then, embark on a drive to Mekelle-Afdera 220km. The spectacular yet inhospitable of Danakali Depression begins here.

  • Drive to Afdera via the small village of Eribt.

  • Go swimming in the salt lake and enjoy the hot springs near the lake. 

  • Set up camp by the lake.

DAY 02

Afdera - erta ale

  • Start the drive to Afdera-Dodom (70km). 

  • Encounter the salt miners near the lake.

  • Drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale), about 8.5km from Erta Ale which takes about 3 hrs trekking. 

  • Have an early dinner around 17:00 hrs and trek up to Erta Ale at 20:00 hours. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and water) to the rim of the volcano, where you spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. 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.

Overnight camping on the top of the volcano

DAY 03

Erta ale - hamad ela

  • Wake up early for an enchanting view of the sunrise.

  • Travel to the north of the crater. 

  • Descend from Erta Ale around 7:00 am.

  • Return to the campsite in Dodom around 9:30 am.

  • After breakfast time to relax. 

  • At 10:30 drive to Hamad Ela (100 km).

  • Enjoy a picnic lunch on the way to shed. 

  • Reach Hamad Ela around 04:30 pm. Here,  you will see lots of camel caravans and behold the sunset look by the shallow salt lake of Assale.

Overnight camping at Hamad Ela

DAY 04

Hamad ela-dallol-mekelle- Addis

  • In the morning, drive to Ragad (Asebo), which is a salt mining region.

  • Observe the miners breaking the salt from the ground, cutting them into rectangular pieces and loading it on camels.

  • Proceed to Dallol and visit the diverse landscape formed by volcanic activity; Dallol + Lake Assale + salt canon. 

  • Enjoy camel caravans and then drive back to Hamad Ela for lunch.

  • Proceed to Mekele to catch the flight to Addis Ababa in the evening at 7 pm.

DAY 05

Mekele / Lalibela

  • Drive on a scenic road to Lalibela. 

  • Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy the sunset from the terrace.

Overnight Hotel  

DAY 06

Lalibela sites visit

  • Begin to explore the 11 rock-hewn churches of the remarkable Southeastern Cluster of churches:

    • Bet Gabriel-Rufael

    • Bet Merkorios

    • Bet Amanual

    • Bet Abba Libanos. 

  • Finally, visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, a massive monolith in the shape of a cross, which was constructed in honour of St. George, the patron saint of Ethiopia.

  • After lunch, take an afternoon trip to visit the church of Yimrehanne Kristos. The most popular of the churches outside of Lalibela. This church is built in the late-Axumite style, with layers of wood and granite, set in the entrance to a large cavern.

  • After the visit, return to Lalibela for overnight at hotel.

DAY 07

Lalibela fly Addis Ababa

  • After lunch, take the flight back to Addis and embark on a city tour in Addis where you can do some shopping.

  • Enjoy a farewell dinner and coffee ceremony with traditional folklore music for our appreciation.

  • 895 USD Per Adult
  • Transfers in a recent model insured Toyota 4*4 land cruisers with an experienced English speaking Ethiopian driver and one additional car for staff.

  • All fuel expenses and drivers allowances.

  • Plenty of bottles of water and coffee or tea.

  • All needed entrance fees and licenses.

  • Necessary accommodations.

  • Full board meal with soft drinks

  • Local guide service for the Afar region.

  • Cooking, camping equipment (Experienced cook throughout the whole tour).

  • Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.

  • Airfare

  • Alcohol drinks.

  • Personal insurance.

  • Tips.

  • Laundry.

  • Other personal expenses.

  • All Government Tax.

Things you need to bring:

  • Light (for walking in the night).

  • Small backpack for the trek to the top of the volcano.

  • Closed, comfortable shoes (trekking shoes).

  • Sunglasses.

  • Sun protection like sun cream, hat.

  • Jacket for the night on the volcano.

  • Sleeping bag, pillow or blanket (it can be provided by us).

Addis Ababa, Dallol, Lalibela, Mekele

Nature Tour
Bizarre Encounters Tour
Volcano Tour

Contributed By

Eliyakim Bekele

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