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5 Days Lalibela-Danakil Tour

Danakil is one of the most geologically active regions with three tectonic plates meeting at the Afar Triple Junction. When tectonic plates move apart like at Danakil, it creates lave lakes, hot springs, geysers and fissures in the ground. Our tour is unique as it is well-arranged including "must visit" historic sites of Lalibela, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia are the most extraordinary man-made sites in sub-Saharan Africa which we deliver all with Ethiopian hospitality and touch.

per adult from

$1,326

AUD

Duration

5 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

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No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • 4x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
    • Accommodation throughout the tour.
    • Bottles of water for the trip in Danakil
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Local guide service for the afar region as per the program.
    • Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.
    • Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program.
    • English speaking Guide and Driver
    • Two domestic flights with Ethiopian Air Lines
    • Entry/Admission - Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
    • Entry/Admission - Erta Ale
    • Entry/Admission - Afdera
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch and dinner in Lalibela
    • International flights
    • Any alcoholic drinks
    • Any videographer or camera fee needed
    • Laundry service
    • Any expense of Personal items like internet, fax, telephone
    • Services which are not mentioned in the above section

  • Day 1: Addis - Lalibela

    Stop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
    In the morning, fly north to Lalibela and be transferred to your hotel. After lunch, visit the first group of Lalibela Churches which are located north of a small stream named Jordan River. These Churches were carved during the time of King Lalibela (1181 – 1221) and are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

    In the city of Lalibela you will see about Eleven Rock Churches organized into groups of three.

    Biete Medhanealem

    Biete Maryam

    Biete Golgotha Mikael

    Biete Maskal (House of the Cross)

    Biete Denagel (House of Virgins)

    Biete Giyorgis

    Biete Amanuel

    Biete Qeddus Merkoreos

    Biete Abba Libanos (House of Abba Libanos)

    Biete Gabriel-Ruphael

    Biete Lehem (Bethlehem Hebrew: בֵּית לֶחֶם, House of Holy Bread).

    Duration: 5 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight Lalibela Lodge

    Day 2: Lalibela to Mekele (Drive)

    Pass By: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
    Drive from Lalibela to Mekele (The drive will take from 7 to 8 hours).



    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Atse Yohannes Hotel, Mekele.

    Day 3: Start Danakil tour

    Stop At: Erta Ale, 6611 Ethiopia
    We start our day by driving to Erta Ale (which means smoky mountain in Afar language). 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. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. It is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century.
    We start early 9:00 AM, drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). This is may be one of the roughest roads in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing the landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm-lined oasis. After passing several small hamlets scattered here and there in this deserted land, you will arrive at Dodom camping site, located about 17km from Erta Ale.
    Dinner will be served around 17:00 o’clock. After a short break, trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels will be transporting all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. You will spend the night on top of the mountain, at the rim of the Volcano.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Camping

    Day 4: Hamed ela

    Stop At: Afdera, Afar Zone 2, Ethiopia
    Early Morning sunrise at the northern one corresponds to the main pit crater and walk 5 minutes for the southern and central pits could either corresponds to an ancient pit, or to a simple collapse structure. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three-storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00 o’clock.
    You will reach the latest at 10:30 o’clock at the camp, where you will be relaxing. As soon as possible, drive to reach the mythical Lake Giulietti (or Lake Afrera)(optional may not be available during summer time), a saltwater lake located more than100 meters below sea level, in one of the deepest depressions of the planet. Because of the picturesque landscape, it is interesting to visit the salt flats where the Afar people obtain the salt by evaporating the water of the lake, continue to Erbiti and proceed to Abaala/ Hamed ela
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Camping


    Day 5: Danakil to Mekele

    Stop At: Erta Ale, 6611 Ethiopia
    Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of workers breaking salts from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meters below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans (No camel caravan on July, August, and early September) and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.
    End of Danakil tour
    19.50 Fly to Addis Ababa
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pickup from anywhere in Addis AbabaAirports
    • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
    Departure Time :
    6:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

12

Organised by Ethio Travel and Tours

Activity ID: V-146604P13

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