10 DAYS TO DANAKIL DEPRESSION, ERTA ALE & DALLOL APRIL 13 – APRIL 22, 2017
Erta Ale is a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia. It is situated in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area spanning the border with Eritrea. Erta Ale is the most active volcano in Ethiopia.
Our representative welcomes you on your arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and transfers you to your hotel. Overnight Ghion Hotel.
Drive from Addis Ababa to Awash Town, which is located in the central part of the Rift Valley System, 250 km from Addis Ababa, the best place to meet the Kereyu people, and step into a quieter, calmer and more natural world. Enjoy swimming in the natural hot springs. Overnight at Genet Hotel.
Drive from Awash National Park to Samara, the capital city of the Afar regional state, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way. Here we will apply for some necessary permits for our journey and then continue to the small town of Logia for an overnight stay at a local hotel.
We will drive to Afdera and in the afternoon receive our permits from the regional tourist office. We will pick up our local guides and spend the overnight at a local hotel.
We will drive from Afdera to Dodom and begin our 15 km walk to the Erta Ale Volcanic Hills (613 meters above sea level). We will arrive at Erta Alle around midnight and walk to see the volcanic eruption, which will be colorful and spectacular at night. We will camp nearby Erta Ale.
We will spend the entire day exploring around Erta Ale and camp overnight.
We will return back to our vehicles and drive to Ahemed Lale. Overnight camping at Ahemed Lale.
We will drive to Lake Asale, the salty lake and visit the salt workers and the merchants from the highlands. We will proceed 17km to Dalol and enjoy spectacular views of the hot springs. The hot springs contain sulfur, potash and salt and form spectacular shapes. Drive to Berhaile for overnight camping.
Drive from Berhaile to Merkele, the capital of the Tigray region, on the way to visit the Afar villages. Overnight at Merkele Axum Hotel.
Fly from Merkele to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day will be spent sightseeing in Addis Ababa. In the evening, we will dine together at our farewell dinner, then transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Please Note: Some changes may occur to this itinerary, based on weather conditions or new opportunities that may arise. We are always looking to visit the locations that are off the most traveled routes of tourists. As photographers, we understand the kind of authentic experience that you are looking for.
TOUR FEE AND DETAILS
The Tour Fee for this tour is $6995.00 in shared accommodations. If you prefer a single room, the single room supplement is $600.00
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT LIST:
It is recommended that participants bring a digital SLR camera and laptop computer. A complete list of optional equipment will be sent at registration.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- Photography Instructor Fee
- Accommodation x 12 nights based on Double Occupany rooms.
- Single Room Supplement is $600.00
- Airport Transfers and ground transportation by Private AC minivan.
- Expert English speaking local guide
- All meals on itinerary days
- Cold bottled mineral water
- All admission fees to sites on the itinerary
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
- International flights to and from Ethiopia
- Insurance: we strongly recommend you purchase Travel, Medical and Cancellation Insurance.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses and tipping
- Visa and Passport fees
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
A nonrefundable deposit of $1200 per person is required at time of booking. We recommend you reserve your spot as soon as possible. You can pay your deposit by Bank Wire Transfer. Bank details will be provided upon registration.The tour will be confirmed 8 weeks prior, on February 13, 2016. Please do not make any travel arrangements to Ethiopia before we have confirmed the tour. Full payment is due when the tour is confirmed.
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your first and last name, your phone, which tour you are registering for, along with any additional information that you would like us to know.
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?
This tour is geared to the photographer who enjoys exploring unique cultures and adventure photography. Group cohesion, adaptability, a sense of humor and a curious mind are all important traits to possess.