Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
May 21, 2013 12:05 PM
Danakil Depression, EthiopiaWent to Ethiopia mid April for two weeks. Had already covered quite a lot of Ethiopia during my previous 4 week visit in 2012 (and loved it!).
One of my biggest wishes - since seeing a documentary about is some 10 years ago - was travelling into the Danakil Depression. It not being high season anymore it proved impossibe to find a group to join. I contacted Gerard Pennings from Ethiopian Impressions in Addis who had organised some of my travelling last year. He warned it would not be cheap but recommed A.K. Ahadu in Mekele to go and speak to.
So that is what I did. I travelled to Mekele and went to their offices just behind the Axum hotel where I spoke to Carmen. She proved to be most helpful and very friendly.
I decided on doing a solo 3 day tour to the Danakil (just Dalliol and the Salt Lakes) and combine it on the way back with a visit some rock churches in the Gheralta Cluster. So yes, it did cost an arm and a leg, but it was worth every penny to me.
I had a private 4x4 with an excelent driver, Elias, and a personal guide and cook (and a bunch of armed guards in the Danakil itself).
Of course you need to like "empty" places, long drives, bad roads, hot climate, open air sleeping with very basic facilities. If so, you are going to have a awesome time. Check G.K. Ahadu's website for some pictures: http://ethiopia-tour-travel-ahadu.com/. But trust me the real thing is so much better!!
Alice from the Netherlands
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