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“base camp” (5 reviews)
“molten lava” (5 reviews)
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Reviewed February 17, 2018

It's a highlight of the year at least ! Erta Ale in fact is not just one crater - it's a huge territory with Old Erta Ale crater as a main attraction. Currently (Jan /Feb 2018) the crater is not full ol lava, as lava...More

2  Thank Skydance777
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Reviewed January 31, 2018 via mobile

Speechless. Beholding an active crater from such short distance, in a conflictive war zone surrounded by soldiers can only happen in Ethiopia. The mix of heat, night, abrasive vapors and sound is a unique experience.

3  Thank lfantelo
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Reviewed January 25, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the most interesting experiences of my life It involves about 2-3 hours 4WD driving on a very bad terrain to a base camp situated in the middle of the desert on an old lava field in Agar territory A 34 km...More

1  Thank oaxaca2
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Reviewed January 5, 2018

I travelled with my two children (13 year old son and 9 year old daughter) to Erte Ale/Danakil depression and the Gherelta region of Ethiopia in December 2017. I wanted to share my experiences as I did not find many reviews on what to expect...More

12  Thank anitamoorthy
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Reviewed December 22, 2017

The company I used are good and well organized but just like others, they want to make money. They knew the Erta Ale volcano was blocked by the smoke and the laval levels were down and yet they proceeded. they did not tell us what...More

4  Thank Chady_Dubai
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Reviewed December 21, 2017

I had been wanting to do a tour of Erta Ale and the Danakil Depression ever since I first heard about it a year or two ago. I had a business trip to Tanzania in November, and knew that would be a great time to...More

1  Thank drjhnsn
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Reviewed December 19, 2017 via mobile

Worried by the recent death of the German tourist, a group of 5 (pre paid) decided we'd see the situation on the ground before embarking on the nightimes trek. Fortunately we were comforted by the dozen armed soldiers flanking and scouring the area before we~...More

Thank rget
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Reviewed November 24, 2017 via mobile

Stunningly beautiful lava lake in the Afar region of Ethiopia. You make a 6 mile hike to the summit at sunset with an option for camel hire roundtrip. On arrival you descend into the crater to overlook the lava lake there. Other worldly location that...More

2  Thank Steven P
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Reviewed November 10, 2017

If you go to Erta Ale, make sure that you drink enough water, have good trekking boots and a headlamp. The volcano releases lots of smoke, so we had to follow the wind direction and be ready to move quickly to the side. Any uncontrolled...More

2  Thank MiglasDzerve
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Reviewed November 10, 2017

This is a totally unique and thrilling experience and you need to allow at least 3 or 4 days to appreciate it fully. We travelled again with Quest Ethiopia Tours (licensed operator) who we would highly recommend – Dagi our guide is experienced, knowledgeable and...More

7  Thank Hazel F
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Jennifer M
December 4, 2016|
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Response from Andy L |
We were there in August and security at that time was fine even though there were political demonstrations already taking place in other regions of the country.
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Carla M
November 26, 2016|
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Response from Carla M |
Hallo Ineremc, very helpful and thanks for the reply. We are living in Namibia and quite use to high temperatures. Hope it will not exceed 38 degrees. Kindest regards, Carla and Arthur
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