Mek'ele Tours
3 days tour Danakil Depression (Dallol & Erta Ale)
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3 days tour Danakil Depression (Dallol & Erta Ale)

By Magma Flow Tours
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In this 3 days Danakil Depression tour via Mekelle, you will not explore only the unique Culture and geological areas of the Afar Region (Danakil Depression), Erta Ale Volcano, Afdera (Lake Afrera) and Dallol, Sulfur Lake (Yellow Ponds), Salt Mountains (Canyons), Camel Caravans and Lake Asale (Lake Karum), but also different culture, geographical beauty and spectacular nature of the landscapes of the Highland areas of Tigray region. You will face the hot temperature almost only two days of the 3 days tour program (half of the first day and half of the third day) which makes the trip different and enjoyable than starting the tour via other starting points (destinations). Besides, starting and ending the tour via Mekelle makes the your further tour plans special is because, you will have a big opportunity to explore the origion of Ethiopian civilization, Tigray, known for its architecturally famous rock churches and their wealth of ancient Paintings, Murals and Biblical Books, and Axum.
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£394.27
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Ages 8-85, max of 12 per group
Duration: 3 days
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  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • 4WD cars, Entrance fee, English speaking guide, All regional fees, Cook, Food & water...
  • Entry/Admission - Danakil Depression
  • Entry/Admission - Danakil Depression
  • Entry/Admission - Danakil Depression
What's not included
  • Tip, Alcoholic beverages, Pictures of the locals, Souvenirs, Personal insurance, Flights

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Magma Flow Tours, Godena Guna, Mekele 1000, Ethiopia
Pickup details
  • Hotels & Mekelle airport
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Airport pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
    • Makale Airport, Mek'ele Ethiopia
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Infant seats available
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 131427P1

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 131427P1

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      Itinerary
      Overview
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      4 stops
      Day 1
      Mekelle - Erta Ale
      Day 2
      Erta Ale - Lake Asale - HamadEla
      Day 3
      HamadEla - Dallol - Mekelle
      About the operator
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      • Magma Flow Tours
        19
        Mek'ele, Ethiopia
        Joined in March 2019
      • marcotfchan
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic Tours
        We had great tours with Magma Flow during our stay in Ethiopia. We joined their 3 days 2 nights Danakil Depression Tour, and had a private tour in Omo valley and Yirga Cheffe for 10 days 9 nights. Israel, their manager, is very helpful. We contacted him to organize the trips a week before coming to Ethiopia, he was very responsive and prompt. He is also very helpful in many things. For example, we lost our checked baggage when we arrived Ethiopia by flight, he helped us to call the airlines many times to trace the lost baggage. Their crew in our Danakil Depression was fantastic! They are helpful, friendly, energetic, playful and can speak English. Our driver, Merhawi, is very nice, skillful and friendly. He solved problems for us during the journey, like negotiating with locals on photography. He also explained local cultures to us. The crew also include a guide, a cook, and a crew team car driver. They are all nice people. Omo valley is also great with our driver Eginda. Other then visiting different tribes and markets, he would also look for bull jumping ceremony around the area during our stay, and luckily, we were able to join one during the trip. He speaks English, and would look for good accommodations available at the area. Overall we are extremely happy having tours with Magma Flow Tours. We would highly recommend them to organize your trips.
        Written 9 February 2020
      • Alain C
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nice outfit. Thoughtful, flexible.
        Israel Kindaya a former guide who founded this small operator looks far too young to be as successful as he is. His crews are great especially Farnah and her husband Moolé really looked after us in our one night camping in the Danakil. Oh and not forgetting Michelin. Great company.
        Written 29 January 2020
      • 457fritzr
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        2 days Danakil Depression
        I was lucky enough to make this wonderful and unforgettable trip with magma flow and the professional team around Israel. They are absolutely professional and they know what is important on this trip: security and respect and knowledge about the region and the people they are with. of course the tourists but also the Arfar. I recommend everyone to do the 2 or 5 days. all in all an unforgettable trip that I would always repeat. They made everything possible: swimming, delicious food, cold beer, wine for the sunset and being first at all places before other groups arrived. But it was still relaxed and they took care of our needs to take photos from different experiences like the caravans coming from Eritrea! They helped me with anything I needed after the trip! many thanks for everything. Tinishu
        Written 9 January 2020
      • Shimnik
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Reliable and well organized
        We were disappointed after a few days hiking in Simien Mountains with a big monopoly agency and decided to cancel further agreement with them for Danakil depression and Dallol. Upon arrival to one of the guests houses in Mekele, its owner recommended 3 local smaller agencies and Magma Flow was among them. On the day of arrival we went to the city and had a short discussion with Magma Flow representative, who shortly explained about the tour and offered us a good price for a 2 day tour. We were picked up at 10 and left Mekele at 11:20. The highlight of the first day are Assale Red rocks, salt field, natural salty smimming pool and sunset at Assale lake. The guys offer wine and beer at the Assale lake (as much as you can drink, for free!) The next day we woke up at around 4, had a nice breakfast (omelette, pancakes with peanut butter, chokolate paste, honey, jam) and went to Dallol at 5, where we met sunrise at around 7 and walked around the colorful area for couple of hours, then visited unusual rock formation and lake with "oily" reddish water. We had our lunch at Abala and were brought back to Mekele at around 3 p.m. What can be improved? 1. It would be great, if the food in Abala village can be improved. 2. The travel agency can make an agreement with local people in Hamedela and leave mattresses in the village. 3. Salad and omelette can be cooked without chili pepper :)
        Written 31 December 2019
      • jimmy_walker1
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        GOOD TOUR GUIDES
        Small but they are legal business and they know very well how to tour and travel, how to make the best out of the trip. Well organized and very friendly. Thank you mr. Israel and the crew
        Written 24 December 2019
      • BuffaloToWorld
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        2-day Danakil Tour
        I did a 2-day Danakil Depression tour (booked directly with the company, not through TripAdvisor). The staff took an already amazing experience to the next level. We were in a small group of 5 people (compared to a 20+ group we passed which was presumably ETT). The food was excellent, the staff was friendly, and there were many extra little things to make the experience even more amazing. I didn't go to Erta'Ale, but if I make it back, I will definitely be doing so with Magma Flow.
        Written 21 November 2019
      • ClunkNebbermorth
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        well organised
        Took a trip with them to Danakil for 3 days/2 nights. A sensational adventure. Well run, and all in 4x4s. Special mention for Fana our tour guide and Soloman our driver. One of the best trips i have ever taken.
        Written 19 November 2019
      • Norbert798
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        See a different plannet.
        Seen different parts of Ethiopia through a well arranged trip and an flexible booking process geared at our whishes.
        Written 6 June 2019
      • julien b
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Very well organised tour to Danakil, breathtaking experience!
        We visited the Danakil Depression with Magma Flow Tours, Israel was very communicative and helped us prepare. The tour went like clockwork despite the harsh environment, the guide and drivers were fun and friendly and reliable. Lake Dallol and the Irte Alle volcano were spectacular, truly an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience. 100% recommended!!!
        Written 11 May 2019
      • Leah W
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent staff, very professionell, brilliant experience.
        See our detailed review on TripAdvisor made directly after our tour. We can only recommend Israel and his team.
        Written 10 May 2019
      • ecschubert
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Knowledgeable and fun trip with Magma flows.
        Israel and the team are wonderful. Fully attentive, ensuring everyone has a great time. They're VERY knowledgeable about the the Afar Region and the Southern Nations. The drivers were excellent, guides were friendly and we had an awesome trip!
        Written 4 May 2019
      • GlobeUK1234
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        A great trip to the Danakil and Erta Ale
        I had a great trip with Magma Flow tours and I would use them again. I went to both the Danakil Depression and Erta Ale. Just to note, I originally booked a three day tour, but when I arrived I was told that this had been changed to a day trip to the Danakil and a one night trip to Erta Ale. The change of itinerary possibly resulted in more driving time, but I think I saw everything I would have on the three day trip I originally booked. I get the impression that they have to move bookings around depending on how many people are eventually confirmed on the trip. The change of itinerary meant I needed an extra night in a hotel in Makele and Magma Tours covered the cost.
        Written 2 December 2017
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      Pari
      7 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      Family of 6 did a 3 day, 2 night tour in Danakil Depression. The region is stunning but before getting there we were worried about the basic accommodation/ infrastructure (e.g. sleeping on mattresses under the stars and lack of toilets) since my parents are 60+.

      However Tesfa (one of the owners and our guide) organised everything extremely well. He ensured everything was clean and the food was cooked well and to our taste. He planned the tour very well so we were walking at night or early morning when it wasn't very hot and then driving in AC cars in the heat of the day. He also tried to organise so we would get to places first or when there were not many people so we could enjoy the full natural beauty. He is very knowledgable and looked after us very well. He cares a lot about the local people and supporting them in a positive way, which we appreciated a lot.

      The drivers, chef and whole team were very good.

      I would highly recommend Magma Flow Tours for a tour to Danakil. They are based in Mekele and specialise in these tours so are a great company to choose for your trip!
      Written 7 March 2020
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      UkNora
      London, UK4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2019 • Solo
      I visited Ethiopia in February and chose Magma flow for my trip to the Danakil depression (dallol. There are 2/3/4 day packages but I chose the two day option where we visited Dallol and not the Erta Ale volcano as I didn't have much time.
      The corrospondonce with the manager Israel before I travelled there and while I was in the country was quick and efficient.
      The tour was fanastic and worth every penny. I enjoyed the amazing landscapes - including saltwater, warm spring pools and the volcanic water / sulphuric acid region of dallol. We got to see the camel caravans, we well as the locals who were working on the salt areas.
      The stay under the stars outside for the first night camping was basic but fantastic. I enjoyed that our guide was a woman (Fanny - you're great!), and the manager in the office (forget his name) was also very nice.
      The main thing you will notice about this company is that their groups are much smaller than the other tour companies. Huge difference in experience.

      I would thoroughly recommend them.
      Written 3 May 2019
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      Matthewsg56
      Sherborne, UK7 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2024 • Solo
      So, the landscape is amazing - it's one of the most extraordinary, inhospitable and extreme places I've been. I'm still pleased I went, if nothing else for the eerie sight and sound of the Erta Ale volcano, which will stay with me.

      My interaction with Israel and the Magma office was good - they communicated well and efficiently booked my internal flights.

      But when I got to Semera I found that it hadn't made any difference who I had booked with, as everyone was on the same tour; there were too many people in the cars for comfort; and worst of all we had a guide who was uninterested in looking after us or telling us about where we were and what we were supposed to be doing. When I was violently sick next to the campsite on the first night, he didn't even come over to check I was ok. Such a shame, as with a good guide it could have been fabulous.
      Written 21 May 2024
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      Run Africa
      Addis Ababa, Ethiopia14 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020
      It disappoints me greatly to be the first negative reviewer for Magma Flow. It seems to be a reliable and caring company which, on this occasion, made a mistake in hiring a sub-standard guide for our Danakil tour.

      POSITIVE ASPECTS OF OUR TOUR:
      - Incredible landscapes and amazing overall experience.
      - Responsive and professional communication from the manager (Israel) when booking. The company do appear to really care about their reputation even though the quality of service delivery from the guide (Fana) was so low.
      - The driver (Sisay) was excellent - professional, patient, careful, always on time.
      - Food was tasty, varied, nourishing, plentiful and on time. Excellent cook.
      - Bucket shower with pump at bathing pool was very helpful.
      - Friendly staff and drivers overall.

      DISAPPOINTING ASPECTS OF OUR TOUR:
      The attitude of the guide, Fana, was the single big disappointment of the tour. It was not a question of her ability but of absence, non-communication and apparent laziness. Many little things added up to leave us disappointed:
      - Staff (guide and drivers) drinking coffee and tea in front of us at lunchtime (in Abala). We were not offered tea/coffee. We asked for it. ‘Ishi’ (ok) was the response. None came.
      - Lunch the next day at Abala. Same arrangement. When ordering tea and coffee we were made to pay for it. General attitude at Abala lunch spot was one of unfriendliness and lack of care.
      - Another member of our tour didn't have a sleeping bag. He asked for one before we left. 'Ishi' (ok) was the response, but it was forgotten, with no apology or attempt to make amends. He had enough blankets but slept uncomfortably.
      - The guide (Fana) was often absent when we arrived at a location, arriving later or going elsewhere to make other arrangements for other tour groups. This gave the impression that she was too busy or not concerned with our welfare.

      SUMMARY:
      We were well fed. We were comfortable. The driver and cook were excellent. However, the bare minimum was done by our guide, Fana. Such an approach can leave you feeling like a cattle being ferried through. A more 'human touch' is necessary - rapport, being present, being on hand to answer questions. This was not the case.

      A GENERAL SUGGESTION TO ALL VISITORS TO DANAKIL:
      The magma activity of the Danakil volcanoes is changing all the time. Whichever tour operator you choose, before visiting Erta Ale volcano, ask for an honest account of how active or dormant the volcano might be. You may be disappointed to travel so far to see only a few tiny cracks of lava far below you in the crater, while a tour operator that genuinely wants you to have an amazing experience might go the extra effort to take you to see more active lava / magma flowing.
      Written 3 February 2020
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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