The Danakil Desert, or Danakil Depression, is an incredibly hostile environment for humans, but also incredibly beautiful. It’s always hot here, daytime temperatures are generally about 50° C.

The volcanoes in this area create hot water springs, where toxic gasses are commonplace. As long as you come prepared, you can visit this interesting landscape. It’s an extraordinary desert.

The Danakil is the lowest point in Africa, and even one of the lowest points on earth. It’s also the locations of Lake Karum (also known as Lake Assale or Asale), which lies around –120 metres below sea level. It’s a saline lake and the locals, the Afar people, use it to mine salt.

it’s a unique landscape, and due to its climate it’s not an easy place to travel around, but the effort is worth it. The Erta Ale volcano, for example, but much more besides.

How do I get here?
The Danakil Desert is in the Afar Triangle in the northwest of Ethiopia.

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