Danakil Depression, Afar Region

#5 of 40 in Parks in Ethiopia
Desert · Geologic Formation
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 landscapes in the Danakil depression are just impressive. This tour leads you to see the sunrise on the geysers, and the sunset on the salted lake Assale, and to trek under the stars to the top...  more »
  • We traveled for a day tour. It is quite far away in the north of Ethiopia, close to the border between Eritrea. It was a wonderful experience to see the nature beauty of this region, walking around.....  more »

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