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Ethiopian tour to the Erta’ale volcano and Danakil depression (Surface) - 9 days



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Tewodros Alegaz Getnet

Off-Road Ethiopia Tour Plc

Off-Road Ethiopia tour is a destination management company established by an experienced fellow.

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Ethiopian tour to the Erta’ale volcano and Danakil depression (Surface) - 9 days

The “Danakil,” or “Dallol” depression, which encompasses a good portion of the eastern part of the Tigray region, is one of the earth’s hottest and most inhospitable places. The other most striking gift of nature to Ethiopia is the “Erta Ale” active volcano mountain located very close to the Danakil depression in the Afar region.


Addis– Awash

After breakfast head to Awash. En route visit the Crater lakes of Debre-Zeit. Late in the evening have safari in the Awash national Park. Admire the bird life, the Awash River falls and also the Awash gorge in the park

Genet Hotel or Awash falls

Awash – Semera

Have a morning visit to the Palm spring and also the warthogs with in the palm spring and then drive to Semera, the capital city for the Afar people

Aramis or Agda Hotel

Semera – Afdera Lake- Afdera

Drive from Semera to Afdera. En route admire the volcanic rock and scenery of the desert. Up on arrival visit the salt extraction process on Lake Afdera


Afdera – Dodom – Erta’ale

Drive from Afdera to Dodom or Kusreyat. In the evening trek up to the mountains to visit the active volcano of Erta’ale which is one of the few volcano in the world with dramatic scene

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Erta’ale – Dodom – Dallol

Trek back to Dodom and drive to Dallol, the lowest point on earth. Admire the scenery of this great land carpeted with the sulphure surface



Visit to the lake Assale, another salt lake and situated between the border of Ethiopia and Djibouti.


Dallol – Mekelle

Drive from Dallol to Mekelle. En route visit the camel caravan and the spectacular scenery of the road

Axum or Planet Hotel


Drive back to Kombolcha. en route admire the mountain chains at Ambalage and also visit to Hayq Estefanos monastery (open only for men) and the Palace of Ras Mikael Sihul in Desse

Sunny side hotel

Kombolcha-Addis Ababa

Drive back to Addis Ababa. En route admire the mouth of Rift Valley system at Tarmaber and the lush- land of the Shoan Plateau. In the evening be taken to traditional restaurant where you can see live traditional dancing show and transfer to airport for departure


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Awash
Hotel Genet Hotel
Day 2
Location Semera
Hotel Agda hotel
Day 3
Location Danakil
Hotel Camping
Day 7
Location Mekelle
Hotel Axum hotel
Day 8
Location Kombolcha
Hotel Sunny Side hotel


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Half board meal with soft drinks in hotels
  • Full board meal with soft drinks during camping days
  • Local guides
  • Cook service for camping days
  • Scout, militia and police services in Danakil & Erta’ale
  • One camel to transport goods up to Erta’ale
  • Cooking utensils
  • Camping gears
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • All government taxes

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch during hotel stays
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers


10 Reviews

Susan Rutherford, United States

What a spectacular trip to the Omo! Our driver and guide were excellent - knowledgeable, safe driving, always watching over us, thoughtful, and fun! Considering the remote locations I had expected very poor accommodations and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the lodges were. The villages we visited were fascinating. I could not believe my eyes -- so many different tribes. These were not some "tourist villages" -- this was the real thing. What an incredible trip we had seeing these wonderful sights. Thank you for all your help and guidance in providing me and my friend such a fantastic trip to Ethiopia. Also, thank you for your patience in responding to my MANY email questions sent while planning the trip. Read more

Kirk & Joyce Douglass, United States

As a couple of seasoned travelers who are older we did research our trip about Ethiopia and decided to spend our time with Off Road Travel. We were delighted and not disappointed. We covered the historical north, the cultural east and the Omo valley all in 26 tough but fascinating days. Our driver/guide Fitsum was a caring person as well as a good mechanic who could fix anything and on occasion did. He deferred to the local guides when appropiate but we knew he was equally knowledgeable as they were. ​ We decided to drive the whole way, not take the air route for any segment. The benefits of seeing up close and personal the people, landscape and villages far out weighted the rough roads and the ever present dust. Yes there is dust but if they keep putting asphalt down as saw them doing it should get better in the future. ​ We recommend the Off Road trips. ​ Read more

Jean Pierre & Heleen van Briel, Belgium

We are still enjoying the memory of our marvellous trip in Ethiopia. It was without any doubt one of our most interesting trips we ever did. In fact we had three different travels in one: first, the north with the Christian culture, secondly the natural parks with their magnificent sceneries and thirdly the South, which is an ethnical museum. We want to reconfirm that we were very pleased with the services and the organisation of your company, Off-Road Ethiopia Tour. Read more



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