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Visiting Erta Ale: Advice and Information for Tourists
Ethiopia has much to offer to international tourists: from the Blue Nile Falls to world-class archaeological sites and friendly and welcoming people, Ethiopia is a country many fall in love with.
The African nation is also home to one of the planet’s most famous destinations for adrenaline-seekers: Erta Ale volcano.
A continuously active volcano in the middle of a scorching desert, this is one of the most inhospitable areas in the continent. However, it is so unique and fascinating that many decide to make the trip here every year regardless of the harsh conditions.
It is crucial that visitors arrive prepared. Although seeing Erta Ale is possible and will make memories for a lifetime, there are risks associated with the local environment one should be aware of, such as dehydration.
In this article, readers will find information and advice for visiting Erta Ale, including:
- The necessary documents
- When and how to get to Erta Ale
- Packing and preparing for a safe trip to Erta Ale
Documents Needed to Travel to Erta Ale
The Erta Ale volcano is located in the Afar region in the northeast of Ethiopia. Most foreign visitors need a visa in order to enter the country and travel to Erta Ale.
International travelers should check the specific visa type that best suits their circumstances. However, the electronic visa is considered by many the quickest and easiest Ethiopian visa to obtain. The electronic application means that the visa can be requested online in a matter of minutes from the comfort of one’s home or office, no need to make an appointment with an Ethiopian embassy.
Purchasing health and travel insurance is always a good idea. However, this is especially the case for those planning to go to Erta Ale, so that they can make the trip with peace of mind and know that they will receive support and medical attention should the need arise.
How to Get to Erta Ale Volcano
Erta Ale sits in the Dalakil depression, about 100 km (about 62 miles) from the city of Mekelle. It is not recommended to travel to the Erta Ale volcano independently.
International tourists are advised to hire an experienced tour operator. There are several agencies available and many can be booked from Addis Ababa and from abroad.
Please note that this is not a day trip since the Dalakil depression is a vast desert area and Erta Ale is relatively far from urban centers. Most tours include:
- Transportation to the Dalakil depression
- Jeep trip to Erta Ale
- Hike to get to the Erta Ale lava lake (about 600 meters — 1968 feet — high) and descent
Local guides recommend walking to Erta Ale after sunset due to the extremely high temperatures registered in the area during the day.
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