Danakil Depression, Afar Region

#6 of 39 in Parks in Ethiopia
Danakil Depression, represents the meeting place of three tectonic plates and is home to some of the strangest landscapes on the planet. Hot springs--feasting spots for extremophiles microbes--produce otherworldly shapes and colors with sulfurous mounds of yellow-rimmed mini-craters and mirages of camel caravans crawling across a chain of dried salt lakes. Lying 100 m (328 ft) below sea level, the area is known as some of the world's most inhospitable land, and, as such, has become a target of research on how life may arise on other planets. Take a guided expedition and see the place where fossils of 3.5-million-year-old Lucy Australopithecus was found in 1974. By using our Afar Region itinerary planning site , you can arrange your visit to Danakil Depression and other attractions in Afar Region.
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  • We spent 2 days and 1 night in the Danakil with my friends. It was an incredible experience and one the best place I have ever seen in my life !! It's difficult to put some words to describe it. Just ...  more »
  • The Danakil Depression is amazing, it's a salt Desert including a magnigicent volcano, place is very hot, there is also a salt lake which looks like you are standing on ice. Its some of the most amazi...  more »
  • Guys we’ve landed on Mars...what a place ! Colors like you’ve never seen and a horizon flatter than flat. Sure that’s a lot of time to spend in the car but it is worth it for the very unique views and 40 degrees celsius at 10am feel.
  • Amazing place! Very colourful. Simply loved it.
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