Once referred to as the ‘land of the devil’ for its fiery landscapes, arid salt flats, perpetually active volcanoes and sulphurous geysers fed by searing waters, Dancalia is one of the most inhospitable places on the planet and yet one of the most evocative and fascinating.
Located in northern Ethiopia, this deep wound along the Rift Valley is a vast depression in the earth that in some places sinks up to 120 metres from sea level and expresses itself in a multitude of breathtaking scenarios and incredible geological realities. It is impossible to remain indifferent to the wild, overbearing nature of the Erta Ale volcano, or to the sulphurous expanse of Dallol, with its endless perennial geysers in shades ranging from jade-green, to cobalt-blue, to sulphur-yellow, with white streaks of salt and chalk. It is from here that most of Dancalia’s salt comes, a precious commodity and fundamental trading asset for the Afar population, one and a half million people dispersed in semi-nomadic clans that for centuries have been transporting salt in blocks for hundreds of kilometres to the highlands, in very long and spectacular dromedary caravans.
Day 01 :
Day 02 :
The capital of the Tigray region, starting point in the highlands of our expedition.
Day 03 :
Transfer to the depression of Dancalia and meeting with the Afar nomads.
Day 04 :
The sulphurous formations of Dallol and camels laden with salt slabs on Lake Asale.
Day 05 :
Trekking on the Erta Ale volcano to admire its lava lake at night.
Day 06 :
The salt lake of Afdera, where the Tigrinos extract the precious mineral.
Day 07 :
Transfer to Awash through the Yanguidi Rassa park.
Day 08 :
From the waterfalls and the oryx of Awash park to the chaotic Merkato of Addis.
Day 09 :
Arrival at the destination airport.