Danakil

GLT101, DANAKIL depression & AFAR people 15 days

camels01. SAT. Beginning of the tour in Addis Ababa. Morning free. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountains with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church. ON (overnight) chosen hotel.
02. Fly to DireDawa. Meet your vehicles and proceed to Harar. On the way visit the chad market at Awedae. Afternoon visit of Harar: the mosques, city walls, the basket production, the markets, French poet Rimbaud house, and more. Evening visit a man feeding wild hyenas, at the doors of the town. Meals & ON in hotel.
03. Drive to the Awash National Park, visiting Afar people on the way. At the park admire a very nice flora & fauna (Oryx, lesser kudu, dik-dik, crocodiles, hippos, many birds & more), the Awash river falls + the river gorge & more. ON Fafate lodge in the park or Genet hotel in Awash town.
04. Breakfast & game drive. Proceed then to the Afar people and reach Semera, where we take the permits for the Danakil. Dinner & ON camping Me’aseni lodge or other.
05. Visit Afar people extracting salt from lake Afrera. Proceed to the hot springs, where we’ll camp (next to the springs). Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping
06. Drive till Dodom. Then organize the camels for the materials and trek from around 1500 hrs till early evening to the volcano. Here are fantastic views, with the lava and the volcano rim. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping on the volcano.
07. Full day at the Ertale volcano. Can walk all around the rim. Meals & ON on top.
08. Walk back to Dodom, to meet the vehicles. Drive then to an Afar people village (Emegubi village) for some very interesting experiences, admiring their culture & way of life. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON in the village.
09. Proceed to Ahmedale. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camp.
10. Another special day: drive to Dalol, to see the Afar men extracting salt. Are spectacular colors of nature, unique in the world. Dinner & ON camping AhmedAle 11. Follow up camels caravans and walk with the Afar people. You’ll see how they prepare their traditional bread, how they travel, communicate & more. Is another unique experience. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping at bank of the dry river.
12. Continue walking with the Afar people, following the camels caravans. Reach then Berhale, where you’ll meet the vehicles. Drive to Gheralta, in the Hawsen region. In ones from 120 mts below sea level we go to the Ethiopian highlands. Here in the Tigray region are found more than 110 different churches, with different architectural and ornamental designs, from the Axumite to the Zegwe dinasty, built in such difficult places over mountains to protect the churches and monasteries from any enemy. On the way visit Micael Imba church. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Gheralta lodge Hawsen (or Axum hotel in Mekele, if Gheralta lodge is not available)
13. Full day to visit these special churches: we suggest Abreha We Atsbeha, Degum Selassie & Wikro Cherkos. ON Gheralta lodge (or Axum htl in Mekele)
14. Crossing lake Ashandi, we proceed to lake Hayk. Visit Debre Estifanos monastery, over an island of the lake. Drive to Kombolcha. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel in Kombolcha (suggested Sunny side or Hikma or Tecle).
15.SAT. Crossing fantastic views, reach Addis Ababa. Ones in Addis, short visit of the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Dinner invited in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Then transfer airport for departure.

GLT102, DANAKIL, DJIBOUTI, HARAR 20 days

dalol301.SAT. Beginning of the tour in Addis Ababa. Morning free. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountains with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church. ON (overnight) chosen hotel.
02. Fly to Mekele. Meet your vehicle/s. Drive to the Tigray churches. Visit Micael Imba & Micael Barka churches. ON Gheralta lodge (or Axum htl in Mekele).
03. Full day for Tigray churches: we suggest Abreha We Atsbeha, Degum Selassie & Wikro Cherkos. ON Gheralta lodge (or Axum htl in Mekele).
04. Drive to Berhale and visit Afar people and villages; meet the camel caravans coming from the cities back to Dalol and from Dalol with the salt to be sold in the cities of Tigray & neighboring regions. ON camp Berhale.
05. Walk with the Afar people following their camels caravans. Is an unique experience. Two days of trekking bring you in contact with these unique people. You’ll see how the Afar people leave and move during these days; how they prepare their traditional bread, tea and lot of new interesting discoveries. Lunch during the trek; dinner & ON camp along the river side.
06. Another full day trekking and discovering. Dinner & ON camp AhmedAle.
07. Another special day: drive to Dalol, to see the Afar men extracting salt. Are spectacular colors of nature, unique in the world. Back ON camp AhmedAle.
dalol208. Drive to some Afar villages, as Emegubi. Is very interesting experiencing their way of life. Dinner & ON in the Afar village.
09. Visit the morning life of the people in the village. Then proceed to Dodom. Organize the camels for the materials for climbing the volcano next day. ON camp.
10. Climb ErTale volcano (early morning). Here are fantastic views, with the lava and the volcano rim. Pass your day and night on the rim of the volcano, camp.
11. Walk back to the vehicles. Then drive to lake Afrera. Visit Afar people extracting salt from lake Afrera. Proceed to the hot springs, where we’ll camp.
12. Drive to Afar people and the Afar people capital: Semera. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camp Me’aseni lodge or other.
13. Drive to Djibouti and proceed to lake Easal. Visit very nice views. Then drive to Tadjoura, previous capital. Relax at the beach. ON htl or camp.
14. Relax. Optional organize boat excursions locally, and if possible making also some diving & other activities. ON hotel Tadjoura.
15. Drive to Djibouti town. Visit of the capital & the town life. Dinner & ON 4* hotel.
16. Drive to lake Abe, for spectacular views. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camp.
17. Enter back into Ethiopia & drive to DireDawa. Visit the train station and the town. Dinner & ON hotel in DireDawa.
18. Drive to Harar, with an early morning visit of the chat market at the Awedae village, on the way. Then visit of Harar: the city walls, the mosques, the churches, French poet Rimbaud house, the Adere people traditional houses, the markets, the basket productions and more. Evening visit a man feeding wild hyenas. ON hotel.
19. Drive to the Awash National park, visiting on the way Adere and Afar + Kereyou people. Then game drive and spot antelopes as the Orix, the Awash river and very nice falls, many birds, crocodiles and more. Dinner & ON Fafate lodge or Genet hotel.
20.THU. Cross Metahara lake & drive back Addis Ababa. Ones in Addis, short visit of the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Dinner invited in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Then transfer airport for departure.

GLT 103 THE DENAKIL DEPRESSION, AWASH NATIONAL PARK, DENAKIL LAKES, HARAR (18 DAYS)

dalol101. Arrive Addis Ababa.
02. Drive to Awash National Park. O/N camp.
03. Full day Awash Park & its surroundings.
04. Drive to Asayta. O/N local htl. Visit Afar people around.
05. Drive to lake Abe. O/N Asayta.
06. Visit Asayta-Serdo-lake-Afdiera. O/N camping.
07. Trekking around the lake. O/N camping.
08. Drive to lake Afdiera-Serdo-Asayta.
09. Drive Asayta – Awash.
10. Awash park, visit palm side hot Springs, falls, and more.
11. Drive to Harar. O/N htl.
12. Visit Babile. O/N htl, Harar.
13. Drive Harar – Nazareth. O/N htl.
14. Nazareth – Bale Goba. O/N Wabe Shebele htl.
15. In Bale, visit Sanete plateau & Tuludimtu forest.
16. Drive Goba – Kofele – Wendo genet. O/N htl.
17. Drive back to Awasa, Abiyata, Shala Lakes, Addis Ababa.
18. Departure.

GLT 104 DANKIL, AWASH, HARAR
(16 DAYS, 15 NIGHTS)

awash01. Arrive Addis Ababa.
02. Awash National Park. O/N camp.
03. Full day Awash Park & its surroundings.
04. Drive Asayta. O/N local htl. Visit Afar people around.
05. Drive to lake Abe. O/N Asayta.
06. Proceed Asayta-Serdo-lake Afdiera. O/N camping.
07. Trekking around the lake. O/N camping.
08. From Lake Afdiera back to Serdo-Asayta.
09. Drive Asayta – Awash.
10. Visit Awash park i.e. Palm side hot Springs, falls and more.
11. Drive to Harar. O/N htl.
12. Drive Harar-Babile-Harar. O/N htl, Harar.
13. Drive Harar – Nazareth. O/N htl.
14. Proceed Nazareth – Bale Goba. O/N Wabe Shebele htl, Goba.
15. Drive Harar-Dire Dawa then fly back Addis Ababa. O/N htl.
16. Departure.

GLT 105 TIGRAY ROCK HEWN CHRCHES AND ERTALE
(22 DAYS)

donakil_dep_est01. Arrive Addis Ababa.
02. Drive through Senbete to Kombolcha. O/N htl.
03. Proceed to Lalibela O/N htl.
04. Visit the Lalibela Rock churches.
05. Drive Mekele. O/N htl.
06. Drive towards Dalol. O/N htl.
07. Dalol (sight of Afar people extracting salt, spectacular view) and O/N camp.
08. Drive back and camp for an O/N on the way.
09. Dugam with Tigray rock churches. O/N camp.
10. Tigray churches. O/N Mekele.
11. Drive Kombolcha. O/N htl.
12. Continue through Bati-Mile. O/N camp.
13. Arrive at Semera. O/N camp
sof_omar14. Visit Lake Afrera. O/N camp
15. Visit Ertale volcano. O/N camp
16. Ertale. O/N camp.
17. Back Afrera. O/N camp.
18. Drive Semera. O/N camp.
19. Afra people-Awash park O/N camp.
20. Awash park. O/N camp.
21. Drive back to Addis Ababa.
22. Departure.

Please Note:
One-day helicopter excursion from Mekele to Ertale volcano and back, for wonderful views can be done. Extra cost and advanced booking are needed.

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