The Danakil or Dalol depression

with several points lying more than 100m below sea level is officially listed as one of the hottest and most inhospitable place on earth with an average temperature of 34-35oC.The continents lowest point dipping -116 below sea level at Dalol near lake Asale is also found in the Danakil region of the Rift Valley.

The Danakil or Dalol depression One of the driest and most tectonically active areas on the planet, the Danakil is an area of singular geological fascination: a strange lunar land escape studded with active volcanoes, sulphur-caked hot springs, solidified black lava flows and salt incrusted basins. Its surface was once fully submerged by saline water. Relics of those distant days include Lake Asale and Afdera both of which lie at the center of an ancient salt extraction industry linking the Danakil’s economy with Tigray.

The most regularly visited volcanic range in the Danakil is Ertale which consists of 7 active peaks extending over an area of 2350m2.

The Danakil region is also home to the fascinating Afar people, a nomadic Ethnic group known in the past for their legendary ferocity. For centuries the Afar have mined and transported salt from the great Danakil salt lakes to highland markets in Ethiopia.