Danakil Depression, also called Afar Depression, is a geological depression in the Horn of Africa, where it overlaps Eritrea, the Afar Region of Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Danakil is well known as one of the cradles of hominids, containing the Middle Awash, site of many fossil hominid discoveries, site of the world’s oldest stone tools, and Hadar, site of Lucy, the fossilized specimen of Australopithecus afarensis.
Erta-Ale means “Smoking Mountain” in the local Afar language and its southernmost pit is known locally as “the gateway to Hell”. Erta Ale is centered over the east African rift valley system and the volcano comprises mainly Mafic material which has been brought up to the surface caused by un roofing of the mantle due to the formation of the pull-apart basin
Tigray rock Hewn churches are generally semi-monolithic or built in to the pre-existing caves. There are over 200 rock-hewn churches from Geralta to Adwa most of them easily accessible although some are situated on the mountain ranges and involve climbing through fairly difficult terrain. But, all this somehow adds value to the attraction of the churches and offers incredible scenery of the surrounding countryside which makes the trip to these churches very enjoyable and rewarding. In this trip we will be able to visit Michael Barka, Michael Imba, Debre Selam Michael, Abune Yemata and Mariam Korkor.
Arrival in Addis Ababa, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel by Pagumen tour and travel representative. Depending on your arrival time City tour of Addis Ababa will be arranged:
Being home for United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union (AU) Addis Ababa is referred as the capital of Africa. Addis is also the center of the country’s Economy, social and political activity.
City tour of Addis Ababa includes National museum: home for the oldest and famous hominid fossil of ‘Lucy’, Ethnographic museum: treasured with cultural and historical artifacts from all over Ethiopia, Mount Entoto for the scenic view of Addis Ababa, Trinity cathedral church its unique architecture and iconic window paintings painted by the famous Ethiopian painter Afwerk Tekle and Merkato: the biggest open-air market in East Africa.
Early in the morning fly to Mekele after some refreshment and preparation drive directly to Hamed Ela via the small town of Berhale where you will finalize all the entrance process and trip crew.
Crossing the salt road and the traditional salt extraction seen you will drive to the Dallol depression where you are able to see the colorful sulfur lake and landmark. Enjoy the view and drive back to Hamedila before the sun gets much hotter.
Early in the morning drive to Ertale via the salt and desert road racing against the sand stuck. Lunch will be at the local elder house ‘Gilisa’ where we finalize our trip to Ert-ale.
Arriving at the Campsite where we leave our Vehicles, we will wait for the sun to cool down and trek for about 3 hours to enjoy the live Volcano with an amazing noise the whole night.
Overnight will be on top of mount Ert – ale
Early the next morning, we descend Mount Ertale, returning to the base camp for a well-earned breakfast. We return to our vehicles and carry on to Mekele via the small towns of Habala and Erepti.
Mekele, after a short break and refreshment, precedes to Hawuzen the center of the Atsbe Cluster of Rock churches which include the rock churches of Michael Barka, Michael Imba, and Debre Selam Michael. This day you will visit Michael Imba and Debre Slam Michael.
After early breakfast drive to Gheralta cluster of churches. This day you will visit the most extraordinary Churches of Abune Yemata and Mariam Korkor. Gheralta is home of a quarter of the rock churches, some of them are famous for their stone workmanship, ancient paintings, and manuscripts, and others are known for their magnificent view and difficult ascent.
Drive to Mekele en route visit Abrha we Atsbha, Wukro Cherkos and Al Negash one of the oldest mosques in Ethiopia Late afternoon easy time in Mekele Overnight Mekele
Fly back to Addis. Late in the afternoon have a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants in Addis Ababa then drive to the Airport for your flight back.
The package includes;
– Surface (ground) transport to the sites
– Transfer in and out
– Camel for camping gears
– Per the above recommendations in all destination
– Double/ Twin bed occupancy basis
– Full Board at Danakil Depression & Erta Ale Volcano and Half Board the rest attractions area
Guide service – English Language Speaker and Local guide
Non-Inclusive Services: –
All other meals, domestic flight, alcoholic drinks, fax, telephone, internet, laundry, postage fee, tips, photographing, other person in nature and others which are not mentioned in the inclusive lists are personal expenses