Mekele to Hamedela
Drive to Hamed Ela via Berhale . The Danakil Depression can be said to ‘begin’ here. We’ll pass through the small town of Berhale where the camel caravans stop before they proceed to the Northern Highland . En route you see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels.
Overnight open air camping camp at Hamedela .
Dalol to Mekele
You’ll want your camera with you today. We’ll rise for breakfast and a morning driving tour to Ragad (Asebo) , the place where the salts are mined. We’ll get to see the breaking, cutting and loading of the salt from the ground to camels.
Next, we’ll drive to Dallol and Lake Assal and visit a striking varied otherworldly landscape formed by volcanic activity in this region. We’ll stand on one of the lowest places in the world (116m below sea level), visit the colour sulphuric salt, follow the camel caravans and walk with the Afar people.
Finally, we’ll drive back to Hamed Ela and proceed to Mek’ele .
Mekele to Gheralta churches
In one day you will visit Abuna Yemata Guh or Maryam Korkor and Daniel Korkor . All of which are very different in style but stunningly beautiful in their own ways.
First, we’ll walk the steep ascent up the side of the Gheralta massif to visit Abuna Yemata Guh , walking for about an hour and finally using foot and hand-holds that have been chipped into the sandstone rock by the passage of many hands and feet. The climb, and the walk along very narrow ledges with sheer drops to the side, is not one for the faint hearted!
Or Maryam Korkor is the most impressive architecturally. A huge, high ceiling is supported by 12 free standing pillars. Looking at it, you’ll find yourself wondering how the architect managed to carve so high from the ground.
Finally we drive back to Mek’ele where we may stay overnight at a local hotel or fly back to Addis.