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Tour of Ethiopia, Danakil, Harar, Bale and Awash National Park – 10 Days

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   Tour of Ethiopia, Danakil, Harar, Bale, and Awash National Park

Tour of Ethiopia Danakil Harar Bale and Awash National Park – You’ll explore Addis Abeba, Danakil, Harar, Bale, and Awash National Park on your 10-day itinerary of Ethiopia. This voyage include stops at Dallol, Dodom and Erta Ale, Harar, Awash National Park, Bale Mountain National Park, Herena Forest, and many more delights.


  • Dallol
  • Erta Ale Volcanic hills
  • Harar
  • Awash National Park


Day 01: Arrival
Day 01: Arrival

After clearing the entrance requirements at Bole International Airport in Addis Abeba, you will be welcomed by one of our agents and transferred to your accommodation.

Overnight: Jupiter International Hotel/ Similar

Day 02: Fly Addis - Mekelle (~1 hr. flight) and drive to Ahmedella/ Excursion to Dallol (~ 180 km & ~ 5 hrs. drive)
Day 02: Fly Addis - Mekelle (~1 hr. flight) and drive to Ahmedella/ Excursion to Dallol (~ 180 km & ~ 5 hrs. drive)

After breakfast today, you will be transported to the airport for your trip to Mekele. You will be driven to Ahmedella after landing from Mekele airport.

The Danakil Depression is thought to have started here. The location is stunning, with eye-catching colors, such as the sculpture springs. Several locations in the desert are more than 100 meters (328 feet) below sea level. You will travel through Berhale, a little village where camel caravans rest before continuing on to the northern highlands. Along the way, you'll see caravans traveling to the salt mines and others returning out of the Danakil with salt-laden camels.

You will continue your journey to Dallol after a quick refreshment stop. Dallol is a settlement in the Dallol woreda in northern Ethiopia. It lies in Administrative Zone 2 of the Afar Region, in the Afar Depression, with coordinates 14°14′19′′N 40°17′38′′E and an elevation of around 130 meters (430 feet) below sea level. In 2005, the Central Statistical Agency reported no population estimate for the village, which has been regarded as a ghost town.

With a yearly average temperature of 35°C (95°F) recorded between 1960 and 1966, Dallol now holds the official record for the highest average temperature ever recorded for an inhabited region on Earth.

Visit and return to your tent for the night.

Overnight: Camping at Ahmedella

Day 03: Drive Hamdella - Dodom - Erta Ale (~ 125 km & ~9 hrs. drive)
Day 03: Drive Hamdella - Dodom - Erta Ale (~ 125 km & ~9 hrs. drive)

This day will be spent exploring Erta Ale. The Erta Ale Volcanic Hills are 613 meters above sea level and home to Ethiopia's most active volcano. The hike up the volcano will begin after dusk, when the temperatures will be lower. You should plan on arriving in the crater about midnight, when you may witness the volcanic lake.

The boiling lava lake is best viewed at night, and the picture opportunities are amazing. You will camp along the crater rim after viewing the eruption.

Overnight: Camping at Ertale.

Day 04: Drive Erta Ale - Mekelle (~ 350 km & ~ 7 hrs.)
Day 04: Drive Erta Ale - Mekelle (~ 350 km & ~ 7 hrs.)

You will drive to Mekele after breakfast in the morning. After arriving in Mekelle, you will check into your hotel and spend the night there.

Overnight: Planet Hotel / Similar

Day 05: Fly Mekelle - Dire Dawa via Addis Ababa and drive to Harar Hyena man show
Day 05: Fly Mekelle - Dire Dawa via Addis Ababa and drive to Harar Hyena man show

Today, you'll fly to Dire Dawa in the early morning, with a stopover in Addis Abeba. One of our personnel will meet you at the Dire Dawa airport and transport you to Harar.

World Heritage status Harar is a one-of-a-kind site. Its numerous mosques and temples, busy marketplaces, crumbling walls, and friendly people will make you feel as if you've stepped into the twenty-first century. It is the most memorable sight in the eastern region and should not be missed. There are various possibilities to interact with wild hyenas. You will travel late at night to the Hayna Man performance.

This is one of Harar's two hyena feeding sites, located north of Fallana Gate. This spectacular show, which begins at 6.30 p.m., is a must-see for every visitor to Harar. The hyenas usually emerge in groups of two to four once the 'Hyena Man' summons them. If no hyenas are found, you will be transported to a nearby hyena cave where you will be able to witness hyenas with their pups.

Overnight: Ras Hotel / Similar

Day 06: Sightseeing Harar
Day 06: Sightseeing Harar

After breakfast, you will go to Harar, a historic walled city. Harar is a network of little lanes surrounded by ancient city walls. Islam has had a strong effect on its architecture.

During your Harar sightseeing trip, you will see the old town, Ras Mekonnen Palace and Statue, the markets, the French author Jean Rimbaud's apartment, the Harari museum, and the burial of Emir Abdullahi, who built the Harar walls known as Jugol.

Overnight: Ras Hotel / Similar

Day 07: Drive Harar - Awash National Park (300 km & 6 hrs. drive)/ sightseeing
Day 07: Drive Harar - Awash National Park (300 km & 6 hrs. drive)/ sightseeing

After breakfast, you will depart for Awash National Park. Awash National Park is a renowned tourist attraction in Ethiopia. Interesting and beautiful. Awash National Park is positioned on an important migratory route between the north and south, attracting a diverse range of species. Over 460 species have been discovered, including the extremely uncommon yellow-throated seedeater and sombre rock chat, which can only be found in or near Awash.

The grassy Illala Sala Plains in the park's south are the only regions free of the thick acacia scrub that makes it difficult to see wildlife. Beisa Oryx and Soemmering's gazelles are common visitors. Salt's Dik- Dik, larger and smaller kudus are also present. Waterbuck, warthogs, and black-and-white colobus like riverine forests. The park is also home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, black-backed jackals, caracals, servals, wildcats, and aardwolves.

After checking into your accommodation, you will begin exploring the park. After the visit, you will return to your lodging for the night.

Overnight: Awash Falls Lodge

Day 08: Drive Awash National Park - Bale Mountains ( Full day drive)
Day 08: Drive Awash National Park - Bale Mountains ( Full day drive)

You will leave for Bale Mountain National Park after an early breakfast. This national park is more famous for its animals than any other in Ethiopia, yet it is also a very lovely location. As you approach from Dodola, fortress-like escarpments contrast with the gentler, rounded rock pinnacles to the north, and the great wildlife watching begins right away when the road cuts through the Gaysay Grassland in the valley between them, which is home to Ethiopia's densest concentration of large mammals.

The hills, which are accessible by hike and vehicle, have deep gorges, alpine lakes, fast streams, several waterfalls, lava flows, and panoramas that spread for kilometers. It would be as popular as the Simien Mountains if it weren't in such a distant part of the nation. When you get to the lodge, you will check in and spend the night.

Overnight: Bale Mountain Lodge

Day 09: Excursion Sanetti Plateau and Harenna Forest
Day 09: Excursion Sanetti Plateau and Harenna Forest

This day includes a trip to the Bale Mountains National Park - Sanetti plateau, where you may witness high mountain vegetation at 4,377 meters above sea level. There will also be a variety of activities and birds to observe, including local Ethiopians.

The Sanetti Plateau has the highest concentration of Ethiopian wolves. They are the most endangered canid in the world and the most threatened carnivore in Africa. Other endemics include Mountain Nyalla, Menelik's Bushbuck, Bale Monkey, Bale and Harenna Chameleon, and Stark's Hare. Many local rodent species, most notably the lovable Giant Mole Rat, are the Wolf's major meal. The Park is a birdwatcher's paradise, having been awarded the African Birding Club's "fourth greatest birding destination in Africa."

Walk across the plateau, soaking in the stunning view, until you reach Harenna Forest. The Herrena Forest, located in the area's south, is Ethiopia's second-largest stand of wet tropical forest and home to the country's only cloud forest. As one climbs the Herenna escapement, one first comes across stands of the huge heater- a fairy tale wood with an old man's beard, lichen that appears to drip off the trees, and trunks and branches covered in thick sheets of moss.

The region is also home to black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, warthogs, and bushbuck. You could also see large forest hogs, bush pigs, and the Bale monkey. Although they are seldom observed, huge animals like lions, leopards, and wild dogs can be found in the jungle. This woodland is also home to a plethora of birds.

Overnight: Bale Mountain Lodge / Similar

Day 10: Fly Bale - Addis Ababa / Departure
Day 10: Fly Bale - Addis Ababa / Departure

Today you will drive from Bale Mountain Lodge to Bale Goba airport to catch your flight to Addis Ababa. Later, you will be transferred to Bole International Airport for your departure back home.

Day use at Jupiter International Hotel/ Similar


  • Hotel accommodations on double/twin room occupancy on bed and breakfast basis
  • All private airport transfers
  • Ground transport as per the given program
  • An English speaking professional escort guide throughout the trip
  • Unlimited drinking water throughout the trip
  • Local guide fee
  • Scout at Bale Mountains and Awash National Park
  • Day use on the last day
  • Full board while camping and Bale Mountains Lodge
  • All camping gears
  • Afar travel permit
  • Professional cook while camping
  • Afar Scout police
  • All entrances listed in the itinerary
  • 15% tax fee
  • Airfare
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Early check-in
  • Any alcoholic beverages
  • Photographing / video if any
  • Porter
  • Gratuities (tips)
  • Any personal related expenses

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