10 days Djibouti TO Ethiopia Safari Tour

Overview:
Djibouti the horn of Africa, is a fascinating mélange of cultures, from nomadic herders to Arabian traders and influences from across the Indian Ocean. It is also home to some of the continent’s most remote and breathtaking landscapes, a land where the taste of the wild is in the air, simply begging the intrepid traveler to explore. Starting in Djibouti we visit Lac Assal and the spectacular Lac Abbe, a vast Salt Lake with tall limestone chimneys belching gas into the air that looks for all the world like it should be on another planet. We then cross into Ethiopia, heading into the Afar desert and meeting the formidable Afar people, once feared throughout the region. We hike up the volcano of Erta Ale and marvel at its lava lake, visit the hot springs at Dallol - the hottest place on earth - and look out for camel caravans carting blocks of salt across the desert. There are few places in the world that can compete with this region for real adventure. 
Itinerary In Details 
Day 1 – Djibouti
Arrive in Djibouti and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 – Lac Assal
We head to the crater lake  of Lac Assal – one of Africa’s most impressive natural phenomena, its spectacular colors and unusual crystalline formations give it an almost alien appearance.
Day 3 – Lac Abbe
Drive to Lac Abbe, stopping en route to meet local people and

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arriving in the late afternoon to watch the sun set over one of Africa’s most enigmatic and breathtaking regions.
Day 4 – Lac Abbe – Semera
This morning we visit the extraordinary landscape of Lac Abbe, a desolate salt lake with hundreds of limestone chimneys belching Sulphur into the atmosphere.
Day 5 – Lake Afrera
We head to the turquoise Afrera Lake, surrounded by palm trees and home to local Afar people harvesting salt flakes using traditional methods.
Day 6 – Erta Ale
Drive to Mount Erta Ale through the Afar desert – Erta Ale is one of the highlights of this expedition, and is one of only five permanent lava lakes in the world. Hike to the rim to see one of the world’s most spectacular sights when the red lava in the crater lights up the sky.
Day 7 – Ahmedela
Drive to Ahmedela along unmarked sandy tracks, passing Afar settlements along the way.
Day 8 – Dallol – Mekelle
Drive to the hot springs at Dallol, composed of different minerals along with Sulphurs and potash and create spectacular colors.  You are likely to see the long ‘caravane de sel’ – camel trains loaded with salt.
Day 9 – Addis Ababa
Fly back to Addis Ababa for farewell dinner in local and overnight.
Day 10– Addis Ababa
In the morning after breakfast you will transferred for a city tour to explore some of the sights of this fascinating city and evening you board your flight back home.
Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 – Djibouti
Arrive in Djibouti and transfer to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive there may be time to explore the capital. Overnight Hotel Plein Ciel or similar.
Djibouti
Tucked away in the Horn of Africa, Djibouti is one of the smallest countries on the continent and receives very few visitors. A French colony until 1977, it was one of the last African nations to gain independence. Djibouti’s main asset is its port, providing an outlet for landlocked Ethiopia to send goods across the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, and Djibouti Town is the country’s liveliest hub, although in a country with a traditionally nomadic population, that’s not saying much. The capital is a fascinating mix of African, Asian, Arab and European influences and is divided into an African and European quarter – it is small enough to explore by walking around and although there are few traditional sights the main appeal is soaking up the atmosphere of this cosmopolitan little city, with French legionnaires mixing with nomadic Afar tribesmen, and women dressed in outrageously colorful robes. Djibouti Town has an allure that is hard to put your finger on.
Day 2 – Lac Assal
We head to the crater lake of Lac Assal – the lowest point in Africa (-150 m), as well as the most saline body of water in the world (up to 40%). One of Africa’s most impressive natural phenomena, its spectacular colors and unusual crystalline formations give it an almost alien appearance. We may see Afar herders or salt collectors on its shores. Return to Tadjoura for the night. Overnight beach bungalows. (BLD)
Lac Assal
Surrounded by dormant volcanoes, Lac Assal is an impressive sight; the salt flats contrast with the black lava fields and there are numerous large crystal formations dotted around. The lake is fed by hot saline springs making it unique among salt lakes, as all others are fed by streams and rivers, and it has no outlet, which contributes to its extremely high level of salinity. As well as being the lowest point in Africa it is the third lowest depression in the world after the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee.
Day 3 – Lac Abbe
Drive to Lac Abbe, stopping en route to meet local people and arriving in the late afternoon to watch the sun set over one of Africa’s most enigmatic and breathtaking regions. Overnight Lac Abbe Camp. (BLD)
Day 4 – Lac Abbe – Semera
This morning we visit the extraordinary landscape of Lac Abbe, a desolate salt lake with hundreds of limestone chimneys belching sulphur into the atmosphere. This landscape is so other-worldly that the classic science fiction film ‘Planet of the Apes’ was filmed here. From here we cross into Ethiopia and head to Semera, where we stay for the night. Overnight Semera Hotel or similar. (BLD)
Lac Abbe
There can be few places in the world like Lac Abbe and it holds the distinction of being one of the most desolate places on our planet. Situated on the border between Ethiopia and Djibouti, this vast Salt Lake is surrounded by hundreds of limestone chimneys, some up to 50 meters’ high which spew sulphurous gas into the air, and its shores are inhabited by the nomadic Afar people who use the lake to gather salt. The lake is also renowned for its birdlife, with flamingoes, pelicans and ibis among other species to be found here. It is difficult to put into words such awe-inspiring scenery – this is jaw dropping on a grand scale.
Day 5 – Lake Afrera
Drive to the turquoise Afrera Lake, surrounded by palm trees. The Afrera Salt Lake is home to local Afar people harvesting salt flakes using traditional methods, and in the lake is the world’s lowest lying island in the world, Frachetti island (-102 m). Overnight camping. (BLD)
Day 6 – Erta Ale
Drive to Mount Erta Ale through the Afar desert – Erta Ala is one of the highlights of this expedition, and is one of only five permanent lava lakes in the world. We hike 3 hours to the rim, while our equipment and water is carried by camels – we wait for sunset to see one of the world’s most spectacular sights when the red lava in the crater lights up the sky. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Erta Ale hike
The gently climbing hike itself follows interesting lava formations (lava and pahoehoe lava fields, lava tubes, hornitos, sand deposits, rare vegetation) until we stand on the rim of the caldera. An easy descend brings us to the floor of the caldera and after 10 minutes, we stand on the active pit crater containing the boiling lava lake.
Day 7 – Ahmedela
Drive to Ahmedela along unmarked sandy tracks, passing Afar settlements along the way. Ahmedela is the base for exploring the salt mines and seeing the salt workers and camel caravans. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Day 8 – Dallol – Mekelle
Drive to the hot springs at Dallol, composed of different minerals along with sulphurs and potash and create spectacular colors. Dallol is renowned as being the hottest inhabited place on earth; between 1960 and 1966 an average annual temperature of 34°C (94°F) was recorded. You are likely to see the long ‘caravane de sel’ – camel trains loaded with salt. Later we drive to Mekelle for the night. Axum Hotel or similar. (BLD)
The Danakil Depression
The formidable Danakil Depression is known as one of the most inhospitable places on earth, with searing temperatures and little flora or fauna. It is the lowest place on the planet, created when the earth’s crust collapsed and water flooded in, only to evaporate in the fierce sun leaving enormous salt flats and salt lakes. These are important for the local Afar people, who collect this important commodity to sell at markets. Geologically, it is one of the most active places on the planet, and volcanic cones and lava spewing from the ground in places. To travel here feels like you are travelling to the ends of the earth, a remote, hostile, volcanic desert with spectacular landscapes where few western travelers have been before, and our journey of exploration allows us to do more than just scratch the surface, taking us to areas that define the very essence of ‘off the beaten track’. It has also been home to a number of important fossil discoveries, giving clues to the earliest ancestors of humans. The Danakil today is populated by the nomadic Afar people, a group once renowned for their hostility towards outsiders. In times gone by, Afar men could only be considered adults once they had killed another man, and are reputed to have worn their dead enemies’ testicles around their necks. They are thankfully no longer as fierce as they once were, and to meet them is to meet one of the most isolated ethnic groups on our planet.
Day 9 – Addis Ababa
Fly back to Addis Ababa the capital city. Have farewell dinner and overnight. (BLD)
Day 10– Addis Ababa city Tour and Departure.
In the morning after breakfast you will be transferred for a city tour to explore some of the sights of this fascinating city and evening you board your flight back home. (BL)
TOUR AND SAFARI TRANSPORT
STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN
Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people
UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER
We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smart phones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat. 
 KEY INFORMATION

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