Travels

DANAKIL DEPRESSION AFAR PEOPLE & TIGRAI CHURCHES

14 days and 13 nights

01. Start tour in Addis Ababa. Morning free. Afternoon (14:00 hrs picks up from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Eutoto Mountains with views over the capital, tile National museum, St George church. ON (overnight) hotel.

02. Drive to Kombolcha. Being Sunday admire on route the very colorful Afar & Oromo people market at Senbete village. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel.

03. Drive to admire the other very colorful Alar & Oromo people market at Bali village. Is the most colorful market of northern Ethiopia and is amazing to see all these camel caravans at ones; and the interaction among the residents and Afar people. Proceed then to Semera, where we take the permits’for the Danakil. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping.

04. Drive a few hours to reach Lake Afrera, and visit Afar people extracting salt. Proceed then to the hot springs, Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping.

05. Continue till Dodom. Here we organize the camels for the trek which will start around 1500 hrs till early evening up to Erta Ale volcano. Fantastic views, with the lava and the volcano rim. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON simple campČing on the volcano.

06. Full day at the Erta Ale volcano. Can walk all around the rim. Meals & ON on top.

07. Walk back to Dodom. 10 meet the vehicles. Drive to all Afar people village (Emegubi village) for some very interČesting experiences, admiring their culture & way or lire. Lunch on the way: dinner & ON in the village.
OX. Proceed to Ahmedale. Lunch on the way: dinner & ON camp.
09. Another special day: drive to Dalol. to see Afar extracting salt are spectacular colors of nature. Lunch box: dinner & ON camping Ahmedelale.
10. follow np camels caravans and walk with the Ari people. You’ll sec how they prepare their traditional bread, how they travel, communicate & more, another unique experience. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping at bank of the dry river.

11 Continue walking with the Afar people, following the camel caravans. Reach then Berhale, where you’ll meet the vehicles. Dlive to Gheralta, in the Hawsen region. This journey will take us from 120 mt. below sea level all the way to the Ethiopian highlands. Here in the Tigray region are found more than 110 different churches, with different architectural and ornamental designs, from the Axumite to the Zegwe dynasty, built in such difficult places over mounČtains to protect the c1lllrches and monasteries from any enemy. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Ghcralta lodge Hawsen (or Axum hotel in Mekele, if Gheralta lodge is not available).

12. Visit Abraha We Atsbeha, Degum Selassie, Mariam Korkor and/or Daniel Korkor churches. Lunch on route; dinner & ON Gheralla lodge (or Axum hotel in Mekele).

13. Crossing lake Ashanghi, we proceed to Lake Hayk. Visit Debre Estifanos monastery, over an island of the lake. Drive to Kombolcha. Lunch on
14. Crossing fantastic views, reach Addis Ababa. Once in Addis, short visit of the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Dinner at a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Transfer to airport for departure home (or overnight and depart home the next day).