Northern route and Afar - 7 Days


Lalibela is located in the North Wollo Zone of the Amhara Region, at roughly 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) above sea level. It is the main town in Lasta woreda, which was formerly part of Bugna woreda. The Rock-Hewn Churches were declared a World Heritage site in 1978.

Erta Ale and Dallol are among the most bizarre and fascinating places on the planet. Visiting the Danakil Depression and exploring the alien volcanic landscape of this remote corner of Ethiopia is a truly unique experience that will leave you in awe. Many describe this adventure as akin to visiting.

Day 1
City tour in Addis Abeba

After arrival at Bole international airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. And after check in, you will have a city tour in Addis Ababa. Addis Abeba is the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU) with more than 70 embassies and consular representatives in the city. Addis Ababa is the Diplomatic capital of Africa. The city tour includes, Entoto Mountain, to see the city on the top. Entoto was the first capital city of Ethiopia during the time of Emperor Menelik, The national museum, home of Lucy and other hominid skeleton dating back 3.2 million years, Merkato, the biggest open air market place in Africa, You will also attend Special Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony and other most important places of the city based on your time and interest. (Overnight; hotel in Addis Abeba)

Day 2
Addis Ababa to Mekele-Hammed Ela

Today, in the morning, you will fly to Mekele to your tour to the Denakil depression, after arrival, you will start your trip to Hammed Ela by following up camel’s caravans and walk with the Afar and people from highland. The traditional way of extracting Salt bar, which once used as local currency, packing on the Camel is done here. You will see how they prepare their traditional bread, how they travel, communicate & more. It is another unique experience. (Overnight; camping at Hammed Ela).

Day 3
Hammed Ela-Dalol-Erta Ale

You will have an excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining and you will also visit the salt Lake Assale, and after lunch, you will drive to Erta Ale. Erta Ale volcano is a large basaltic shield volcano in the Erta Ale volcanic range in the central northern Danakil depression. It is famed for its persistent lava lake which has been active during most of the past decades since it was first discovered in the 1960s. Erta Ale is 613 meters tall, 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. Tonight you will enjoy watching the volcano in the near distance. (Overnight camping around the volcano)

Day 4

Lake Afdera is the second largest lake with salt water in the Afar region. The beach along Lake Afdera (Giulietti Lake) is surrounded by foam of salt; transported and accumulated by the wind. You will have a short swim in the emerald-colored lake which seems appropriate and feels like swimming in the Dead Sea. The depressing Afdera town is located along the shores of Lake Giulietti and bases its economy on the extraction of salt from the waters of the lake. After having an enjoyable time on the salty lake you will drive back to Mekele. (Overnight: Hotel in Mekele)

Day 5
Mekele to Lalibela

We will drive to the historical city Lalibela today. Lalibela is named after one of the famous kings of the dynasty who carved out the 11monolithic, semi monolithic and carved rock hewn churches from the living rock. Overnight in Lalibela (hotel)

Day 6

We will visit the 11 rock-hewn church all the 1st and 2nd groups of the rock-hewn churches that are symbolized by earthly Jerusalem and heavenly Jerusalem. After the launch at 2:00, we will visit the amazing and the only 3rd group of rock-hewn churches and the symbolized of the arc of Noah that is called St. Gorge. Overnight in Lalibela (hotel)

Day 7
Lalibela to Addis Abeba (Flight)

Early in the morning, you will start your flight back to Addis Ababa by admiring the beauty of the landscapes of the northern part of Ethiopia.

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