Travels

DANAKIL depression & AFAR people 9 days

9 days and 8 nights

01.SAT Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto Mountain with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel

02. SUN. Drive to Kombolcha. via Debre Birhan, on the way you pass the Mezezo escarpment, with a good chance to see the endemic gelada baboons. Being Sunday admire on route the very colorful Afar and Oromo people market at Senbete village. ON (overnight) hotel

03. MON. Drive to admire the very colorful Monday’s Afar and Oromo people market at Bati 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. Drive further a few hours to reach lake Afrera. Proceed then to the hot springs. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping (if too windy or full at the hot springs, camp at a hotel in town or use one of the local open air hotels)

04. Proceed admiring some Afar people villages, camels, the Afar people way of life and more. Cross also very nice different views, including Rocky Mountains as dunes, green areas and more. Reach for the afternoon Dodom, at the bottom of the active ErTale volcano. Here we organize the camels for the materials and trek from around 1700 hrs till around 2100 hrs to Ertale volcano. Then enjoy amazing views, admiring the volcano at its splendor, and the lava at the volcano rim: is spectacular! Lunch on the way; dinner & ON in local huts on the volcano rim

05. Early morning have a last glance of the volcano and then walk back to Dodom. Proceed your drive then to an Afar people village (Emegubi village) for some very interesting experiences, admiring their culture and way of life, how they extract the local wine from the palm trees and more. Reach Ahmedale late afternoon. Lunch on the way; dinner and ON camping at AhmedAle

06. Full day to visit the Dalol natural wonder, spectacular colors of nature, and the Afar men extracting salt. Have your lunch on route; back to AhmedAle for dinner and ON camping

07. Drive to Hawsen or Mekele. In ones from 120 mts below sea level we go to the Ethiopian highlands above 2,000 meters. Here in the Tigray region are found more than 110 different churches, with different architectural and ornamental designs. ON (overnight) hotel

08. Full day dedicated for the visit of the Tigray churches. Visit Micael Imba, Debre Selam Atsbi and Micael Barka churches. Or Abreha Atsbeha, Degum Selassie and Tecle Haimanot Hawsen. ON (overnight) hotel

09. SUN. Fly back Addis. Afternoon free in Addis. Evening Green Land Tours invites you in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances for dinner. Then transfer to the airport for flight back home.

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We also suggest an pre-tour or extension to Djibouti for lakes Abe & Easal and the beaches at Tadjoura. Or also the Omo valley or Surma people or the people of north-west or the Historic route, or to the parks of Tanzania or Kenya or the beaches of Zanzibar or Monbasa or Malindi or tours to Sudan or Southern Sudan (please see our programs)