Danakil Depression, Afar Region

#6 of 40 in Parks in Ethiopia
Danakil Depression, represents the meeting place of three tectonic plates and is home to some of the strangest landscapes on the planet. Hot springs--feasting spots for extremophiles microbes--produce otherworldly shapes and colors with sulfurous mounds of yellow-rimmed mini-craters and mirages of camel caravans crawling across a chain of dried salt lakes. Lying 100 m (328 ft) below sea level, the area is known as some of the world's most inhospitable land, and, as such, has become a target of research on how life may arise on other planets. Take a guided expedition and see the place where fossils of 3.5-million-year-old Lucy Australopithecus was found in 1974. By using our Afar Region itinerary planning site , you can arrange your visit to Danakil Depression and other attractions in Afar Region.
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  • I had an eventful trip to the depression. 1 night, 2 day tour. We planned to sleep under the stars, but these plans were somewhat thwarted by a very long lightning storm! so we slept in the nearby sch...  more »
  • I've done the Danakil Depression tour using ETT for 2nights/3days. It was a really great time with tour member and guide, Yonas. I can't forget this memory in my life. If I can get a chance again to v...  more »
  • Guys we’ve landed on Mars...what a place ! Colors like you’ve never seen and a horizon flatter than flat. Sure that’s a lot of time to spend in the car but it is worth it for the very unique views and 40 degrees celsius at 10am feel.
  • Amazing place! Very colourful. Simply loved it.
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