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2-Day Danakil Depression Tour From Mekele
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Camping, Volcano

  • Duration

    2 Days

  • Activity Level


  • Language



Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is one of the hottest, driest and lowest places on the planet, yet is a popular tourist destination. Admire the stunning, eye-catching colours of the sulfur springs, visit the various landscapes formed by volcanic activity and more in this 2-day tour to the hottest place on Earth!

  • Look at the salt-loaded camels going in and out of Danakil
  • Discover the various landscapes formed by the volcanic activity
  • Admire the spectacular colours of the sulfur springs
  • Day 1: Mekele to Hamed Ela via Berhale expand_more
    • Here begins the Danakil Depression. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colours, as in the sulfur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level. 

    • Pass through the small town of Berhale, where the camel caravan stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. Enroute see many long camel caravans coming to the salt mine and others going out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. A 3-4 hrs drive to Camp Hamed Ela. 

    • Reach Hamad Ela, a better village with a total population of about 500 people. 

    Sunset at Dallol.

    Overnight camping at Hamed Ela.

  • Day 2: Morning Drive to Ragad (Asebo) expand_more
    • Morning Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. 

    • Look at the activity of breaking the salt from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels. 

    • Drive ahead to Dallol and visit the different landscape formed by volcanic activity.

    • Excursion to Dallol (116 meters below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colourful salt mines, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. 

    • Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.

What's Included
  • Transport latest model Toyota with experienced English-speaking driver throughout the Tour

  • All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program

  • Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour

  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages with meals as per the program and plenty of bottles of water for the trip

  • Surface Transport expense with four-wheel drive land-cruiser including fuel expense and drivers allowance

  • Local guide service for the Afar region as per the program

  • Cooking, camping equipment

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

  • Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program

  • Experienced cook throughout the tour as per the program

  • Minimum of 2 cars per trip with local security

What's Excluded
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Meeting Point

Mekele, Ethiopia

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Price Details
6 To 8 USD 235.00 Per Person

This is a group tour

Tour Reviews
  • daniel

    I arrived in Ethiopia on June 22 as a member of an American humanitarian and literacy mission group. Our work focused primarily on a school in the rural mountains in South Central Ethiopia, but also included a couple of orphanage of simien trekking  Tours was an essential and significant member of our team as guide and interpreter. He made himself available at any hour for educational tours, nighttime entertainment and unique cultural experiences. His witty, self-deprecating humor made the necessary long mission drives a delight that I actually looked forward to by the end of the trip. I laughed... a lot. But what was truly exceptional was the commitment and personal contribution that simien trekking tours made in the trip's objectives. He was an active participate in the mission work when other guides (from another company) were merely drivers/observers. He was a vocal advocate, as well as compassionate playmate for the children/students. He invested his time, his passion and his skills to assist his people. Many times I watched as he took the remainder of his meal to share with those who were hungry or give of his wages to those in need. I greatly admired his integrity and work ethic. The trip was life changing for me, and Ermias was a significant part of that experience.

    So, without hesitation, I recommend simien tours is responsive, trustworthy, knowledgeable and competent...detail oriented so that your needs are met before you even anticipate them. 

  • Lene

    My criticism is about the organization and prior information from Simien Trekking in preparation of a one-day trip from Gondar to Simien.  I tried several times to get information about route, length, timing, etc. and wanted to start earlier than 8am to get a 4 hours hike, but I was just given the spiel from the website, and told that departure was fixed.  On the day, the guy (Micky I think) shows up in a tuc-tuc and expect us to go for one hour to pick-up place, which we refused, and then he yelled at us!! Absolutely horrified at his unprofessionalism, our hotel graciously offered their shuttle.  We left our hotel at 8am, Gondar at 9am, and did not arrive in Debark until almost noon.  By then Micky had collected the money and left - he is not even on the trip! When the guide came onboard the bus in Debark he had NO IDEA that there were one-day trippers on the bus.   And he said since we would not get to the drop off for everybody else until after noon, there was no way we could do a 4 hour hike, ALTHOUGH WE WERE PROMISED THAT IT WAS NOT PROBLEM.   The guide was actually great and did all he could to make sure we had a great time once there, but we were so disappointed about the lack of information and the fact that we had been misled about the options for a one-day trip.  Micky basically just took our money and left the guide to take care of things.

    My rating is directed at Micky and Simien Trekking and NOT the guide - he was great!

  • Ana

    The trip really did highlight the places I wanted to see and the tour leaders, Dave and Fentahun are very friendly and hospitable. Accommodations were very good and the transportation was comfortable and roomy. Overall the stops were terrific and gave me a chance to learn something about the history and culture. Some of the guides were very good while others were so-so or really not good. It would have been very helpful if announcements about upcoming departures, itineraries, plans for groups events, etc. were announced on the bus prior to taking place. Communication definitely needs to be better. Tour  was excellent in communicating but too much rain ,somepeople were slow walking and the guide walk so fast , as well as alternative transportation for people with walking difficulties as some missed tours because of their inability to walk steep hills. Also the itinerary could contain some more information on the stops, a quick cut and paste from a website would satisfy. I'd definitely recommend travelers to take this tour. Yigzaw Tours is the easy way to find group travel in ETHIOPIA 

  • christopher

    .We (5people) did the 10days tour about a few days ago, and we were really happy with how everything went. The tour was very well organized and covered all expenses including entrance fees for all sights, food and non-alcoholic drinks. There was basically no need to buy anything except for souvenirs. After a warm welcome at the airport in Addis Ababa, we were taken to our hotel by our driver and the local guide and did a nice tour around the city center of Addis Ababa. Overall, the guide was very flexible and whenever we asked for something, for instance going for a short walk at the Merkato, the guide would make it possible. Our next destination was Axum that we reached by plane. The plane tickets had also been organized by simien Yigzaw tours in advance and we were picked up by our driver in the morning to go to the airport. When we reached Axum, a new local guide and driver were already waiting for us and we were taken to our next hotel. Everything went smoothly and we had a great time in Axum visiting the famous steles. The following destinations included (among other places) Lalibela, Simien mountain, Gondar, Bahir Dar and Lake Tana. Everything was very well organized at all these places, we were always welcomed by a local guide and driver and were accompanied wherever we went. It was always very important to the guides that we were happy and they even suggested an evening program (going to local bars and restaurants to eat traditional food and see traditional dancing) at different places. They took us there, the guides stayed with us and we were then back to our hotels afterwards. This was very nice as we did not need to walk on the streets alone in the dark. moOverall, we can strongly recommend Yigzaw tours and the program of the 10day tour. We had a very interesting time in Ethiopia.

  • nicolas

    We did a 3-day trek with Simien Mountain Yigzaw Tours the Simiens for $230 USD. We took a 13 hour bus (Salem Bus Company is really nice) from Addis to Gondar at 5 a.m. for 450 birr. We were then picked up by the tour company that drove us to Debark to set us up with guides, cooks, and guards and then we were dropped off in the Simien Mountain National Park. The views are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. The hikes are moderate difficulty. Mules take all of your gear and the tour company provides the camping equipment. The tents are already set up when you arrive at camp as well as hot tea/coffee/cookies. The cooking was phenomenal. We felt so spoiled with spaghetti, delicious veggie soup, roasted beets, the contacting by email was so fast and we wired the advanced money before we landed ethiopia and he is trust worthy !  Would definitely recommend company  !

  • Mark

    My boyfriend and I had limited time in Ethiopia and wanted to make the most of it. We headed to Gondor in a quest to see the Simiens and literally stumbled across Yigsaw and Simien Trekking Tours. Im usually wary of people who approach us and offer tours but there was something warm and personable about Yigsaw, so we trusted him to show us a good time. Not only did he book an amazing tour for us but, after overhearing my desire to see a traditional coffee ceremony, he invited us to his house for one. We had the privilege of meeting his family and friends.

    We we ended up doing a 2 day 1 night hike, but wish we had had more time. The hiking itself was difficult for me, I have never walked at such altitude, but the tour guide was encouraging and knowledgeable. The views were spectacular and the wildlife breathtaking (you can get so close to the gelada monkeys!)

    On our return to Gondor Yigsaw helped us find a great hotel in Bahir Dar and a tour guide for Lake Tana. Even helped me secure a surprise birthday cake for my boyfriends birthday.

    I can't say enough about how awesome this whole experience was. Im forever grateful!

  • Roberto

    first of all I would like to thank Yigzaw (Manager of Semien Yigzaw

    Tours) for all his work.

     During that time we looked out for a tour operator, who can organize

    some bigger and smaller tours. After 6 or 7 Guides we almost gave up,

    because the prices where just to high... but than we found Yigzaw

    through this page.

    He gave us a really good privet for his services and organized

    everything for us.

    Furthermore he gave us the best tips and recommended special things we

    would´t find alone. If there was a question,we gave Yigzaw call and he

    immediately organized everything. It seemed like, he knows everybody

    in Ethiopia!

    Just that you have him in the back, you can feel save and comfortable

    all the time!

    To the places where we have been:

    -Bahir Dar (wonderful calm down city, possible to see hippos in the

    lake and churches on the island in Lake Tana)

    - Gondar (fascinating castles in the mountains)

    - simien mountains (very beautiful mountains with a lot of baboons, if

    you are not afraid of cold nights --- sleep in a tent!!)

    - Axum (nice cultural sites)

    - Awassa (a lot rock churches on surrounding mountain tops)

    - Danakil depression like on another planet! expensive, but more than worth it!)

    - Lalibela (again nice cultural sites)

    book with him You will not find anyone better than him,, He is really

    enthusiastic,energetic and smart

    kind regards

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