Afar Depression: Adventure of another Level

Afar Depression Adventure of another LevelLooks can be pretty deceiving when you thought of the beautiful landscape stowed away at one of the harshest places here on Earth.

Aside from unfavorable climate, one of the feared things in this region is the environment.

So why would people still seek it out? Because bearing witness to this surreal surrounding will be one of the highlights of your life.

Many has wanted to try this ultimate adventure, but only few followed to their desire and lived to tell that it is one of the greatest moments ever. Will you be one of those few? Warning though: BE CAREFUL.

Location

Afar Depression is a geological depression also called the Afar Triangle, which is the result of Afar Triple Junction of the Great Rift Valley. It is situated at the three different regions: Eritrea, Djibouti, and the entire Afar Region of Ethiopia. It was locked by the Ethiopian Plateau and escarpment at the west, while the Danakil block borders the depression at the northeast.

Somalian Plateau and escarpment border it at the south, while at southeast border lies the Ali-Sabieh block. Lake Asal, Awash River, and the Danakil Depression cover the Afar Triangle.

Climate

Danakil Depression is one of the hottest places here on earth for the whole year. Rainy seasons are from September to March with a temperature dropping only to 25°C while the dry season rises up to 48°C that happens at the end of March until the beginning of September. Due to harsh weather, only drought-resistant plants grow here.

Go in here during the rainy seasons in order for a more tolerable temperature.

Afar-triangle

Transportation

A guided trip is recommended when taking a trip to Afar Triangle, which will prepare and brief you due to sometimes unstable political situations, harsh temperature, and land volatility.

The most common route is through the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, serving the Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Your booked guided tour will welcome you from the airport, which will care for your accommodations and vehicles that will tour you around the area of Afar Triangle. The trip will last for around 10 days depending on the places you will visit.

Attractions

Awash National Park

Awash National Park is a home for a number of species despite the harsh weather. The wildlife here constitutes mostly of herbivores such as the Grevy’s Zebra, Soemmering’s Gazelle, Oryx Beisa, and the African Wild Ass which has the last population in the world set in this region.

awash-national-park-fauna

Ostrich, the Secretary Bird, Arabian and Kori bustards, Abyssinian Roller, Crested Francolin and the endemic lark are the birds living in this area.

Awash River

The Awash River lies in the southern half of the Afar Region interconnected to other places in Ethiopia. It is one of the Awash town to-brag leisure sights.

awash-river

It offers a quieter and calmer ambience reserved for you to fully enjoy the natural world.

Danakil Depression

The Danakil Depression is the lowest point in the continent dropping to 509 feet below sea level. You have to brave the harsh temperature, since the region is distinct to be the hottest place in the world.

Danakil-Depression

The depression is considered as the source of salt of the Ethiopians. The vivid tint of yellow due to sulfur and mineral salt formations mixing at the greenish tint of water creates an orange hue.

Erta Ale Lava Lake

Now this is the ultimate adventure for those thrill-seekers. The Erta Ale Lava Lake has its molten magma bubbling just below the rim of five to ten meters. The place takes danger to another level.

erta-ale-lava-lake

Aside from the high activity, another thing to watch out for is the unstable region and sometimes unwelcoming natives. To get to the famous lava lake, you need to brave the harsh place of Danakil Depression and other inhospitable terrains hiding behind the deceiving vivid and colorful landscape.

Aside from the nature firework display of Mount Yasur, this one is another surreal moment that will top your life changing list.

See More:

Birth of an Ocean: The Evolution of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression
http://www.scientificamerican.com/slideshow/birth-of-an-ocean/

Mary Grace

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