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Expedition to Danakil depression and Tigray Rock hewn Churches



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Duration = 10 days/ 9 nights
Route = Danakil Depression and Tigray Rock Hewn Churches
Transportation: - 4x4 vehicles
Day 1 – Arrival + Addis
Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at the airport, and transfer in to your hotel. O/N- Hotel (4*).
Day 2 – Addis – Axum
Fly to Axum and have a sightseeing tour of Axum which includes visiting the Archeological museum of Axum, the Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to be the last resting place of the Original Ark of the Covenant, and in the afternoon visit the famous ‘Stele field’ (4th Century AD and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruin palace and tomb of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskel (5th and 6th Century AD) and the residence of the legendary Queen of Sheba (9th century BC). O/N - Yeha or Remhai Hotel (3* Hotel)
Day 3 – Axum – Hauzien
Visiting the ancient Temple of Yeha (5th Century BC), and the rock-hewn church of Tigray, Michael Milhazhengi on the way, drive to Hauzien. On your way, enjoy the scenic and historic range of Adowa Mountains. From your lodge, you can enjoy the sunset behind the picturesque Gerhalta Mountains. O/N – Gerhalta Lodge
Day 4 – Hauzien – Mekelle
Visiting the rock-hewn churches of Mariam Korkor, Abune Yemata, and Wukro Cherkos, drives 150 km to Mekelle – the regional capital of Tigray. O/N – Axum Hotel
Day 5 – Mekelle – Ahmed Ela
With an early start drive to Ahmed Ella visiting the people of Tigre and the nomadic people of Afar. At Ahmed Ella, visit the deep-water wells used by the nomadic people of Afar, and the interesting Camel Caravans, which transport bars of salt to the Tigray Highlands. O/N – Camping
Day 6- Ahmed Ela-Dalol (In Danakil Depression) - Ahmed Ella
In the morning, drive to one of the lowest points on earth, Dalol (116 meters below sea level) to see the wonderful and colorful formation of sulfur and phosphorus. And after lunch you will visit the salt lake of Asale and discover how people get salt in traditional ways. O/N – Camping
Day 7 – Ahmed Ela – Dodom - Erta’ ale
Drive to Dodom, and after arranging mules to transport luggage and camping gear, and around the sunset start hiking to the active volcanic eruption of Erta’ ale, which takes about 5 – 6 hours. Spend, the rest of the night at the rim. O/N – Camping
Day 8 – Erta’ ale – Afdera
Trek back to the place where you left your cars, and drive to the salt lake of Afdera. O/N – Camping
Day 9 – Afdera – Semera
Visiting Lake Afdera in the morning, drive across the desert landscape to Semera. On your way, stop to visit hot springs. O/N – Camping or local Hotel
Day 10 – Semera – Addis - departure
Drive back to Addis. Have a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can taste the variety of Ethiopian meals, and see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopians.
Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure
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