Danakil Depression: Ethiopia’s most breathtaking volcanic site

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Danakil Depression, also known as Afar Triangle, is one of the spectacular places to visit in Ethiopia. It is situated right in the middle of the African Rift Valley, in Afar Region. Besides being home to the Afar Triangle, Afar Region is well known as the cradle of hominids. The famous fossil known as Lucy was discovered there.

The Afar Triangle is a geological depression that sits at the junction of three nations, namely Eritrea to the north, Djibouti to the west and Afar Region of Ethiopia to the south. Within the Danakil Depression are two active volcanoes, Mount Agalu and Erta Ale. Mount Agalu is located in the southern most part of the depression while Erta Ale is among the several crater lakes that bubble molten rock from the earth’s surface.

Things to See in the Danakil Depression

Within the Danakil Depression is Dallol. It is the lowest point, and the hottest place on earth inhabited by humans. The temperatures here are above 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes escalate up to 50 degrees Celsius.

27 January 2011 - Dallol geothermal area, sinter terrace like structures in potassium salt deposits formed by brine hot springs, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia Keywords (incl.synonyms): Dalol, Danakhil, Afar Region, Potash, Saline hot springs

The region highlights everything from earth tremors, volcanoes to fountains and salt gullies. The hot springs in Ethiopia’s Dallol have brilliant hues, shaping a palette of ferrous chloride and iron hydroxide discharges gathered in pools.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Danakil Depression is between September and March since it is the coolest time of the year. Travellers can only access the area by camel, and they have to be accompanied by armed guards.

A Danakil Depression tour is a chance to see one of the world’s most unique natural highlights.


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