Face the fire at one of the hottest place in our planet!
With this itinerary, you will experience one of the hottest place in our planet. You will feel and sense as if you were in another planet and view the rare active volcano.
Source Ethiopia Tours (SET) 004
Title: Face the fire at one of the hottest place in our planet!
Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa; met by Source Ethiopia Tours representative at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
In the capital, we explore the sites including the National museum, Entoto Park, Markato and the others. We also organize authentic traditional cooking experience with local market visit at our home. The visitors will have hands-on experience cooking with us, enjoy meal with our family and finally experience the splendid coffee ceremony with the lovely stories.
Addis Ababa (meaning “New Flower” in Amharic):
Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia since 1886/1887. It’s a cosmopolitan city with representatives from over 80 nations and nationalities; and housing more than 70 Embassies. The population of the city is close to 6 million and the elevation varies from 2300 – 2800 meter above sea level.
Day 2: Early morning flight to Semera (the capital of Afar Regional State); short break for coffee at Kuriftu Resort close to the airport and continue to Habala via Afdera.
Day 3: Today, we continue driving to Dalol via Hamed Ela. We should wait at Hamed Ela until after 1500, for the heat of the day to subside, before heading off to visit the salt mines, Lake Asale and the strange, multi colored mineral formations around Dalol. Salt is extracted directly from the ground in great slabs, carved into blocks called amole, which was once a currency in Ethiopia, and then loaded on camels which carry the salt up to the high lands. Camel trains can be made up of hundreds, even thousands of camels.
Day 4: We set off after breakfast in the direction of Lake Afdera, and then turn east to bring us to the village of Dodum, at the foot of Erta Ale.
The 5 -6 hour drive will take us through sandy desert, with rocky outcrops, passing through small Afar settlements. At Dodum we collect the camels which will carry our supplies, food, water, camping and cooking equipment, and the local guides and militia who will accompany us to the top.
Day 5: This we drive back to Semera via Lake Afdera.
Day 6: Fly back to Addis Ababa and final departure based on your flight time.