Danakil Depression, Afar Region

#6 of 39 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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  • The Danakil depression is genuinely one of the most remarkable places I've visited and I would certainly recommend prioritising it in any Ethiopian itinerary. It's hard to imagine anywhere else in the...  more »
  • Danakil depression is the kind of place that description won't be able to get you close to what it really is. The place looks like it doesn't belong to eart. Me and my girlfriend were there for a 3 da...  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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