The Danakil Depression is a desert area in the Afar region of northeastern Ethiopia, north of the Great Rift Valley that is widely known locally as the Dallol depression.This is both the hottest region on earth averaged year round and one of the most geologically active.
If you are looking for a holiday somewhere where few people have ever set foot , or if you are seeking the most demanding yet enjoyable adventurous trekking or camel hiking holiday somewhere in one of the deepest points on earth, or if you are seriously in need of solitude to the point of desolation in the geologically marvelous sites of wide open spaces and a breath-taking scenery, your perfect choice is nothing but the famous Danakil Depression of the Afar Triangle in the north eastern frontier of Ethiopia. As you enter this unique world of unparalleled natural beauty in the upper Ethiopian Great Rift Valley, you will find yourself crossing and viewing salt covered wide plains, hills, lava lakes, salt mining areas, active volcanoes, desert flora and fauna as well as the scattered temporary villages of the gorgeous nomadic Afar people.
The Afar Triangle Expedition offers a lifetime experience that allows you to conquer an inhospitable volcanic marvelous landscape together with the World Heritage Site of the Awash Valley for many precious fossil hominid discoveries such as Ardi, (Ardipithecus ramidus); the Gona (Gawis cranium), site of the world’s oldest stone tools; and Hadar, site of Lucy, the fossilized specimen of Australopithecus afarensis.
Not many adventurous souls have gone to this beautiful place before; the first great British explorer Wilfred Thesiger who visited the Danakil Depression described his trip as the most dangerous exploration he had ever undertaken, as written in the ‘Danakil Diary’ that he published.