Expedition to volcanoes, salt lakes of Danakil depression and Orthodox churches of Tigray with the professional photographer


November 5 to 11, 2022
TNorthern Ethiopia

tour to Ethiopia expedition Danakil depression volcano Ertale Dallol Tigray churches Assale lake Afdera Afar people

Dassanech Karo tribe Bulls jumping ceremony Assale Afar
Getting to the wildest area of the Great Rift Valley and feeling as a space tourist landed somewhere on Venus.
In the middle of red hot desert, under low south stars, staying on the edge of the crater on the top of volcano and watching an exclusive fire show, created by nature!

Getting to the wildest area of the Great Rift Valley and feeling as a space tourist landed somewhere on Venus.
In the middle of red hot desert, under low south stars, staying on the edge of the crater on the top of volcano and watching an exclusive fire show, created by nature!


Dates: November 5 to 11, 2022

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Number of participants: 6 – 12

Cost per person:
• USD 1590 subject to 10 – 12 participants,
• USD 1790 subject to 8 – 9 participants,
• USD 1950 subject to 6 – 7 participants.

10% early booking discount (in case you book before June 5, 2022)

Everything is included except for:
- international flight to Addis Ababa roundtrip
- domestic flight Addis Ababa – Semera – Addis Ababa roundtrip
- international medical insurance,
- Ethiopian visa (on arrival at the airport at 50 USD)

Estimated cost of all flights – from Moscow to Addis Ababa roundtrip and from Addis Ababa to Semera roundtrip: USD 550 – 850 (Usually bought on your own)

Single supplement: USD 120



Day 1. November 5, 2022. Addis Ababa

Early morning arrival in Addis Ababa airport. Transfer to the hotel. After rest, Addis Ababa city tour with visiting the Orthodox Church, Mercado market, the biggest in Africa, National museum with Lucy skeleton, local cafe and observation desk. Back to the hotel for overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Blue Birds Hotel

* Recommended flight from Moscow to Addis Ababa:
— with Ethiopian Airlines, direct flight ET-761, departure from Moscow on November 4 at 22:50, arrival in Addis Ababa the next day, November 5, at 6:10 am,
— or with Turkish Airlines, with a stopover in Istanbul, flight from Moscow TK-414 with a departure at 13:20 on November 4 and an arrival in Addis Ababa on the next day (November 5) at 00:45 am with flight TK-676,
— or with Egypt Air, with a stopover in Cairo, flight from Moscow MS-730 with a departure at 17:05 on November 4 and an arrival in Addis Ababa at 3:05 on next day (November 5) with flight MS-852,
— or any other flight arriving in Addis Ababa no later than at 9 am on November 5.

Day 2. November 6, 2022. Addis Ababa — Semera — Ertale

After early breakfast, morning flight to the North, to Semera. Departure at 7:00 am. Arrival in Semera at 8:20 am. We set off on 4WD jeeps to Danakil depression. Travel through the desert to Erta Ale volcano area (270 km, driving time ____ hours). At dusk start hiking up to the top of Erta Ale volcano (613 meters above sea level), 9 km distance, 450m ascension, walking time 3-4 hours. Dismount into caldera and watch the lava lake in the evening and at night, standing on the edge of a 100-meter crater.
Dinner and night on the edge of caldera: in a shack or in the open air.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: in a shack or in the open air

Day 3. November 7, 2022. Erta Ale volcano

Before dawn descent to the crater to watch the sunrise. After breakfast hiking to the second crater of the volcano. Watching lava fields, lunch, having the rest. After dinner sunset at the lava lake. Night watch of a unique natural fire show. Night on the edge of caldera: in a shack or in the open air.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: in a shack or in the open air.

* For the last years, the activity of Erta Ale volcano is unstable, despite the fact that it is permanent lava lake volcano, one of the 4 such kind volcanoes on Earth. During our travel dates, the lava lake can be barely active or too smoky in order to see lava. That's why we take 2 days at volcano in order to have bigger chances to see lava.

Day 4. November 8, 2022. Ertale — Dallol volcano — Hamedela

Descent from the volcano (9 km, 3 hrs). About 3 hrs car transfer to unique Dallol volcano, which is a volcano of various acid colors with fumaroles, small spitting acid springs and lakes. Dallol is considered the hottest place on Earth. Due to incredible colors at Dallol you feel like on Venus.
Visiting another extraterrestrial place called New York. Proceed to Assale lake and traditional salt mining not far from Dallol. Visit the oil lake. Swim in the natural pool in Assale lake, where the water is much salter than in the Dead Sea.
At sunset try to find the caravans of camels carrying salt. Short drive to Hamedela.
Dinner and Night in the open air with very basic conditions.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: open air camping

Day 5. November 9, 2022. Hamedela — Assale lake — Afdera lake

After breakfast, Visit Afar traditional hat in Hamedela or in the area. Communicate with Afar people, photography. Transfer to the lake Assale, on the dried bottom of which Afar people get dark salt in a traditional way, then cut it into square blocks and deliver it on camels along medieval route to Sudan.
Transfer to the lake Afdera on 4wd cars (some 120 km, _____ hours driving). Bathing in hot springs and in the extremely salt lake. Dinner and Overnight at the lake shore in open air.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: in the open air

Day 6. November 10, 2022. Afdera lake — Semera

Morning bathing in hot springs and in the lake. Visit salt mining systems at Afdera lake.
Drive for about 3-4 hrs to Semera (220 km). After having lunch in Semera, Visit Alolebed spring waters and lake Gumare. Overnight at Semera Kuriftu Resort.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Semera Kuriftu Resort

Day 7. November 11, 2022. Semera — Addis Ababa — Return flight

Take morning flight from Semera to Addis Ababa. Departure at 10 am and arrival in Addis at 11:10 am.
Free time in Addis Ababa and further connection evening flight back home.
*Or, for those who travels to Southern Ethiopia, further connection flight to Jimma at 15:30.

Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: no

* Recommended flight from Addis Ababa to Moscow:
— Ethiopian Airlines direct flight, departure at 23:00 on November 11 with flight ET-760, arrival in Moscow at 8:15 am the next day, November 12.
— or Turkish Airlines with a stopover in Istanbul, flight from Addis Ababa TK-677 with departure at 1:45 am оn November 12 and arrival in Moscow at 12:25 pm on November 12 with the flight TK-413,
— or Egypt Air with a stopover in Cairo, flight from Addis Ababa MS-852 with departure at 4:05 am оn November 12 and arrival in Moscow at 16:05 on November 12 with the flight MS-729,
— or any other flight with departure from Addis Abeba no earlier than at 4 pm on November 11.


Сергей Мердишов
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У меня был неудачный опыт поездки в одном из путешествий.
Ради чего поехал, так и не увидел. Хотя по программе все было включено.
И поэтому я стал искать с кем можно поехать в очередную поездку. В интернете наткнулся на MZUNGU EXPEDITIONS. Тогда меня интересовало племя Короваи, как раз у них намечалась такая поездка. Написал Алексею. Стали с ним общаться.
Переписывались по почте очень долго, из-за боязни, что и в этот раз пойдет, что-то не так, как по программе. Алексей терпеливо, доходчиво отвечал на все мои вопросы, даже когда был в какой-то очередной поездке. А таких вопросов было не мало.
Группа к Короваям не набралась, но у меня уже был запасной вариант к племенам долины реки Омо в Эфиопию. И опять у меня появились вопросы к Алексею, понимая, что и без меня у него проблем хватает. Но на все вопросы я получал ответ.
И я Алексею поверил и не ошибся.
Спасибо Алексею за его терпение при переписке и в поездке.
Как для меня…, то мне было интересно с Лёшей путешествовать по Эфиопии.
На протяжении все поездки немало было проблем из-за дождей, но Алексей с гидом Аби старались, чтобы у нас всё получилось. И получилось! И все было здорово!!!
Да и вся группа была в восторге от всего увиденного. А увидели даже больше, чем планировали. Впечатлений море, воспоминания на долгие годы.
Конечно, в экспедиции всякое может произойти, тем более, когда такая сложная логистика, какая была в Эфиопии. Но если Вы хотите увидеть то, что Вам предлагают в MZUNGU EXPEDITIONS - не раздумывайте, будет интересно !!!
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С Лёшей была в Эфиопии в ноябре 2019. Интересная программа, отличная организация на протяжении всей поездки, не отказал в посещении интересного события, не входящего в программу. Профессиональное оперативное решение непредвиденной нештатной ситуации. Надеюсь, еще не раз попаду в команду Mzungu!
Cost includes:

• Accommodation in hotels and tents based on twin/double accommodation
• Accommodation in hotels in Addis Ababa, Mekele (in double rooms)
• Accommodation in camping along the route, under open-air in Danakil, thatched huts on the top of Erta Ale volcano
• Three times a day meals in restaurants/cafes in all cities (Mekele, Addis Ababa)
• Cook and three meals a day during the expedition route
• Drinking water throughout the whole trip
• All transfers according to the itinerary by 4WD cars with air-conditioning, driven by local experienced drivers
• All permits for visiting protected areas
• English-speaking local guides, team leader and Russian translation (if needed)
• Armed security

Cost excludes (to be additionally paid) :

• International air tickets to Addis Ababa (roundtrip),
• local flights from Addis Ababa to Mekele and back
• international medical insurance,
• Ethiopian visa
• single accommodation

To take with:

• long sleeve wear set,
• repellents,
• comfortable high tracking shoes,
• swimwear
• head torch,
• small backpack for ascent to volcano
• sleeping bag for warm weather
• sunblock set (cream, sunglasses, cap)
• personal hygiene items (towel, wet tissues)
• personal medical kit (analgesics, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, intestinal, multivitamins, rehydron, court plaster, your personal medications)
• photo and video camera, tripod
Northern Ethiopia

Best season: October - May

Exciting and extreme travel on SUV vehicles to the lowest, hottest and lifeless part of the Great Rift Valley, along deep sands of Danaki desert and ash fields of Erta Ale volcano.

Assale salt lake and lifeless Danakil in the same name depression, the lowest place in Africa (155 m below sea level), which is the home of severe Afar people, whose women are considered to be ones of the most beautiful in the world.

9-kilometer ascension to Erta Ale volcano, one of five volcanos in the word with permanent lava lake. Uniqueness of this volcano is that it has two lava lakes. Infernal boiler of 150 meter crater is 1000C hot!

The hottest place on Earth - Dallol volcano, where you ask yourself: "where am I, on Mars or on Venus?" It is only the blue sky which tells you that you are still on Earth. Dallol is situated in Danakil depression at the level of 48 meters below sea level and is the lowest situated volcano on Earth.

Primitive salt mining from the bottom of the lake and camelcades carrying salt blocks along the ancient trade road to Sudan.

Swimming in sky-blue Afdera salt lake, analogue of the Dead Sea, and overnights in the open air.

The eighth Wonder of the World - rock cut orthodox Lalibela churches.

Famous Tigray rock-hewn churches dating back more than a thousand years, including the Eighth Wonder of the World – Abuna Yemata Guh Orthodox Church high up on the cliff.
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