Friday Jan 25: Mekele 🚙 Berhale 🥪🚙Dallol 🚙 Danakil Depression 🚙 Mekele.
I had been looking forward to visiting the Danakil Depression ever since I saw photos of the amazing colours (thankfully the photos didn’t capture the stench!).
The Danakil Depression is located in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the Afar region of Ethiopia, near Eritrea. At 100m below sea level, it is the third lowest place in Earth, and the hottest place on Earth...we were there on a ‘cold’ day, when it was ‘only’ 40 degrees (weirdly enough, cooler than Melbourne on the day I visited haha!).
The day started early as it’s quite a long drive from Mekele. Given I knew we were heading to a desert area, it was weird to spend so long driving through a beautiful mountainous region, but it did make the first 2hrs pass quickly!
Gradually the mountains faded away, and the land became flat and barren. We had a quick stop in Dallol to pick up our guide and gunman (as you do!), and then continued our drive to the Danakil Depression.
It was just after leaving Dallol that I realised I had forgotten my hat (hands up if you’re the stupid white person who forget to take a hat to the hottest place on earth 🙋🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️). So, I knew this was going to be a really good test for my #nivea 50+ sunscreen. I lathered that sunscreen on like I had never lathered on sunscreen before!
Once the car was parked we had a 25min walk up a slight hill...and the first sighting was AMAZING! We only had about 10-15 mins in the area cause it was so hot, and I can see my face getting redder and redder in all the photos that I have...lucky, by chance, I was wearing a red T-shirt so I feel that tones down my red face ever so slightly!!😂 Once I got back to the car the driver was concerned I was dying cause I was so red!
Next up was the salt mountains, where natural erosion occurs when it rains as they are only made of salt!
After a quick stop off at a small salt lake, we then got to the salt plains, with the water coming all the way underground from the Red Sea!
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