Adventure: Dalol & Ert' Ale
In promotional works involving tourist attractions, superlative words such as 'wonderful', 'extraordinary', etc. are very common. In this web site, we have tried to rfrain ourselves from over applying the terms. Nevertheless, there is no way we can fully describe some natural, historical and cultural wonders without using these words. One of these are the magnificient natural sceneries involving the Dalol Depression and Ert Ale Volcanoe.
The Dallol (Danakil) Depression
Dallol is a field of phreatic craters in the barren salt plain NNE of the Erta Ale Range in one of the lowest (and hottest) areas of the desolate Danakil depression.
The Dallol craters are the Earth's lowest known subaerial volcanic vents. The most recent of these craters, Dallol, was formed during an eruption in 1926. Colorful hot brine springs and fumarolic deposits are found in the Dallol area.
This is a desert with some areas that are more than 116 meters (328 feet) below sea level. This is special because it is one of the lowest points on earth not covered by water. There are hot yellow sulfur fields among the sparkling white salt beds. Heat isn't the only thing people feel in the Dallol Depression. Alarming earth tremors are frequently felt. There are also several active volcanoes.
The active volcano Mount Erta Ale, (in whose crater lies the world's only below sea level land volcano, and world's only permanent lava lake), techno-coloured landscapes, incredible mineral deposits, sulphur lakes and bubbling sulphur springs, are facinating sights not to be missed.
So just how hot is it at the Dallol Depression?
Temperatures can reach as high as 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63 degrees Celsius) in the sun, and top 93° Fahrenheit (34° Celsius) every day of the year. In the summer, not a single day dips below 104° Fahrenheit (40° Celsius). Dalol holds the record for the highest average annual temperature.
Danakil and the Afar people
This is an adventerious trip, not for the fainthearted and those needing luxury of any kind. The unrelenting climate can have an enervating effect unless you are well prepared for the temperatures. This is a demanding trip in an area with little infrastructure. In fact Dallol, is one of the least accessible destinations on the planet. In many areas there are rough and sealed roads, and camel caravans are the only way to travel.
Despite the harsh conditions, the Dalol Depression is a truly extraordinary place to visit with superb scenery, a fantastic experience for the adventurous traveler.
Moreover, they are unique to Ethiopia, as they are not found anywhere else.
We offer first grade logistic support for volcanologists that wish to study on the site. Please Contact Us for further details.
Adventure travellers that want to experience this demanding but highly rewarding trip, may select any one of the suggested trips below. The trips can further be fine-tunned based on your particular requirements.
|Acknowledgement: This web site contains some excerpts from the various publications of the Ethiopian Tourism Commission.
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