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Random pictures
The lava lake inside the Southern Crater of Erta Ale’s summit caldera, shown here on 26 June 2018, is slowly rising and growing (image: Rebecca Wu)
Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018
Danakil expedition organiser Enku reports after our recent tour to this Ethiopian shield volcano that activity continues both at Erta Ale’s summit caldera and the fissure eruption site on its SE flank with sustained lava lakes. ... [more]
Observing the nighttime glow of Erta Ale's active lava lake
Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018
Although visitor numbers increased significantly over the past years, the active lava lake of Erta Ale volcano and unique colourful scenery of Dallol’s hydrothermal fields remained more risky travel destinations due to their proximity to Ethiopia’s border with Eritrea. The decades long violent conflict between the two countries included the killing of 5 and kidnapping of 2 tourists visiting Erta Ale in January 2012. Following this deadly incident new safety measures involved military presence at all times on Erta Ale’s summit as well as armed Afar escorts for anyone traveling in these parts of the Danakil depression. Increased security made adventure travellers return to this one-off destination which recently saw a large increase in visitors as well as documentary coverage. The region will undoubtedly become even more popular now that the 8 July 2018 peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea unexpectedly made an end to one of Africa’s longest running conflicts. ... [more]
 

Volcanoes of Ethiopia and Eritrea

Adwa| Afderà | Alayta| Ale Bagu| Alu| Alutu | Asavyo| Ayelu| Beru| Bilate River Field | Bishoftu Volcanic Field| Boina| Bora-Bericcio| Borale Ale | Borawli| Boset-Bericha| Butajiri-Silti Field| Chiracha | Corbetti Caldera| Dabbahu| Dabbayra| Dalaffilla | Dallol| Dama Ali| Dofen| East Zway | Erta Ale| Fantale| Gabillema| Gada Ale | Gedamsa| Groppo| Hayli Gubbi| Hertali | Hobicha Caldera| Kone| Korath Range| Kurub | Liado Hayk| Ma Alalta| Manda Gargori| Manda Hararo | Manda-Inakir| Mat Ala| Mega Basalt Field| Mousa Alli | O'a Caldera| Sodore| Sork Ale| Tat Ali | Tepi| Tosa Sucha| Tullu Moje| Unnamed 8.07°N / 39.07°E | Unnamed 8.62°N / 38.95°E| Unnamed 8.70/39.63| Unnamed 8.7°N / 39.63°E| Yangudi
Expeditions to Ethiopia's volcanoes:
Danakil desert (Ethiopia): Desert, salt and volcanoes
(14 days expedition to Erta Ale volcano and Dallol hydrothermal field (Danakil desert, Ethiopia))
Desert, salt and volcanoes - expedition to the Danakil desert and its volcanoes
14 days / 13 nights - Moderate
$ 4530  ? 
17-30 Nov 2018
8-21 Dec 2018
9-22 Feb 2019
Experience one of the geologically most active areas on the planet! The Danakil desert is famous for Erta Ale, one of the world´s few active volcanoes constantly hosting a boiling lava lake and the surreal landscapes of colors, salt, geysers andsprings at the hydrothermal fields of Dallol.

See the dramatic change of environment when the jeep expedition starts in Addis Ababa (at 2355 m), and gradually descents into the Danakil depression, passing through Awash National Park before reaching the banks of Afrera salt lake (at - 100 m). The journey continues as we climb Erta Ale shield volcano and spend 3 full days and nights exploring the volcano´s caldera. We then set up camp at the Afar village of Hamed Ela and have 2 full days to discover the hydrothermal area of Dallol and Assale salt lake, including the centuries-old ritual of salt cutting. Finally explore the UNESCO world heritage site of the rock hewn churches of Lalibela.

We have been organising tours to the Danakil since early 2007 and hence have expertise in arranging such expeditions. Our highly competent Ethiopian main guide and volcanologist Enku and his friendly team will safely take you through the desert in 4x4 jeeps. The sometimes Spartan character of living conditions in the Danakil are partially compensated by the large variety of meals freshly prepared by our cook! ...more info

Danakil desert (Ethiopia): Volcanoes of the Danakil desert
(8 days expedition to Erta Ale and Dallol (Danakil depression, Ethiopia))
Erta Ale Volcano Special - expedition to Erta Ale's current eruption
6 - 8 days - Moderate
$ 3360  ? 
Custom and group dates
3-10 Nov 2018
1-8 Dec 2018
23 Feb - 2 Mar 2019
8 days expedition, starting and ending in Addis Ababa, going straight to the heart of the Danakil desert to explore the ongoing volcanic activity of Erta Ale shield volcano and Dallol hydrothermal fields! After climbing to the volcanoes summit in the middle of the night you get a first view of the lava's glow on the summit, followed by 2 full days and nights exploring both the volcanic acitivity both at the summit caldera and the new fissure eruption site on the volcano's flank. After descending the volcano you travel onwards to the area near Dallol where you spend about 2 days exploring the colourful hydrothermal deposits, acid lakes, salt formations and camel caravans. ...more info
 

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