Stretching across northeastern Ethiopia and a part of Eritrea and Djibouti, Danakil is a great depression commonly known to be one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. This desert offers a very hostile setting for living things. It welcomes a geography that seems to be from another planet that dazzles us and at the same time drives us away.

It is the hottest place on the planet and it is not only felt in the environment, because as it is a depression, the magma is closer to the surface, which makes the rainwater and that which seeps from the sea to heat up explode in geysers of 90ºC of temperature, at the same time that yellow clouds of sulfur rise and the air is impregnated with chloride salts.

The main reason to come here is to visit and witness all its extraordinary geological events and formations, landscapes that will delight even the most intrepid travelers, with its ensemble of bubbling springs composed of the brightest colors, steaming pools, sulfur geysers to vast lakes of salt and volcanoes.

Are there inhabitants in this depression?

The Afar are an ethnic group living in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and the entire southern coast of Eritrea. They claim to be the oldest ethnic group in Ethiopia, having lived in these lands for more than 2000 years, they are Sunni Muslims, and their mother tongue is Afar, a Cushite language.

 

Danakil Tourism

The best and cheapest way to plan your trip is to book directly in Mekele, the capital of the Tigray region and the closest major city to the Depression. Prices will vary, depending on various factors, such as where you booked your tour, the number of days, how many people are traveling together, etc.

You can start your tour in Semera, one of the main Afar cities, located in the southern part of the Depression, and accessible from the city of Dessie, it is a not very crowded destination.

 

When to go?

Being a very hot place, it is obvious to think that winter is the best time to travel to this amazing place, from mid-November to mid-March.