Danakil is the deepest part of Ethiopia at 116 km below sea level. It stretches between the Red Sea and the foothills of the eastern slopes of Ethiopian plateau. The depression has marvelous pattern of volcanoes, its activity greatly contributing to the formation of the present Rift Valley system. The whole part of this natural wonder is inhabited by the Afar people, nomadic shepherds carrying salt in their caravans up to the Ethiopian Highlands.
The Danakil Depression is most famous for being the hottest place on earth in terms of year round average temperatures. It is also one of the lowest places on the planet and there is no rain for most of the year. Here, the Awash River dries up in a chain of salt lakes never reaching the Indian Ocean.
Amidst this formidable setting we find, Dallol, a colorful hot springs with a spectacular view. These hot springs are composed of different minerals along with sulfurs and potash which gives them spectacular colors.
Erta Ale is a spectacular and colorful volcanic eruption where you can to camp on the crater’s rim above the active lava lake and take some breathtaking shots of the volcano during the night.
Erta Ale (or Ertale or Irta'ale) is a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia. It is in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area spanning the border with Eritrea, and the volcano itself is surrounded completely by an area below sea level, making it a relatively low-elevation volcano. It is the most active volcano in Ethiopia.