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Danakil Depression Extension 2018

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Introduction

An ancient sea bed of salt, the tip of the Rift Valley fault line and known as the hottest place on earth, the Danakil Depression is like stepping into a Martian landscape. There are few places that resemble the Danakil – you will think you are literally on the edge of the Earth.
At this edge, lies the photographic potential.

Lake Dallol is a sulphurous bubbling lake that has as many colours as the rainbow, boiling out of the desert. It feels like you are on Mars when photographing it: there is no place on earth quite like it.

 

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On the sea bed, an ancient caravan of camels make a 16 day trek to collect salt blocks carved from the salt base. The imagery is timeless, ancient and extreme. Strings of camels create ethereal images over the desert floor and the men who work the salt block are brilliant subjects to capture.

Lake Assal is a thin strip of water on the sea bed whose reflection is so perfect, mirror-like images are formed on its surface. Dormant volcanoes and black lava fields back its emerald water. More than 150m below sea level, it’s the lowest point in Africa. The wet section of the lake is a body of extremely salty water fed by hot springs. The dry section features a white salt bed from which lake water evaporated over the years.

In the inhospitable Danakil you can expect high temperatures in a very harsh environment. But in amongst this heat, you can expect to capture images that allure, captivate and thrill.


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Itinerary

Day 1

Saba River mobile camp, Ethiopia

Fly from Addis Ababa to Mekelle and road transfer from there to the Saba River Mobile Camp where we will stay for 3 nights. We will use the camp as our base as we explore the Danakil area each day.

 

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Day 4

International Airport, Ethiopia

Road transfer back Mekelle Airstrip  for you scheduled flight back to Addis Ababa Internationa Airport in time for your flights back home. This is the end of the safari.

 

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Acommodation

Saba River mobile Camp

Our luxury camps cater to your every need and capture the romance of yesteryear safaris. The large traditional walk-in safari tents or Meru style tents feature twin beds and en-suite facilities with hot water provided by the camp staff for your bucket showers.  An appetizing European menu will be provided and sundowners around the campfire will greet you at the end of your day’s safari.

 

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Flights

Day 1

Fly from Addis Ababa to Mekelle and road transfer from there to the Saba River Mobile Camp where we will stay for 3 nights.

Day 4

Road transfer back Mekelle Airstrip  for you scheduled flight back to Addis Ababa Internationa Airport in time for your flights back home. This is the end of the safari.



30% deposit confirms your booking. Balance due 8 weeks prior to your departure date.
Minimum of 4 clients is needed for this extension to run.


Costs included

  • Pickup and transport for the entire extension.
  • Entrance and accommodation.
  • All meals.
  • Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks (except premium brands)
  • Game activities.
  • The services of our guide.
  • Bottled water in transport vehicles and during meals.
  • Private ground transportation.
  • Park and Ranger fees.
  • Local guide fees.
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers.
  • Internal flights: Addis - Mekelle return.

 

Costs don't included

  • International flights.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal purchases (including shopping, spirits, laundry, telephone calls, etc.).
  • Optional extra activities not included on the itinerary.
  • Meals or accommodations after extensions (except as noted in the detailed itinerary).
  • Visas.

 

Weather conditions

Hot, hot, hot. Even in winter, expect hot clear and sunny days. It does rain occasionally in the desert, but this is rare. Water cascades down dry river beds from rainfall further away in the mountains and this is what replenishes the salt lakes each year. Winter temperatures are much more bearable, but still well on the warm side. It doesn’t get much cooler at night either!

Drink lots of water every day. It is too easy to become a victim of heat stroke or sun stroke in this environment, so plenty of water, shade whenever possible and definitely be wearing a hat as you explore the desert surrounds!

 

Costs

$4675.00 per person sharing
$0.00 per single suppliment

Single Suppliment - Booking Deposit 30% Qty $0.00




Per Person Sharing Booking Deposit - Booking Deposit 30% Qty $1402.50




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