With more than 30 active and dormant volcanoes, the Danakil Depression is one of the most unique geological regions on earth. A strange and mysterious landscape – scattered with noxious hot springs, frozen black-lava flows, and massive salt basins left over from ancient lakes – it is one of the most tectonically active places on the planet In stark contrast to the cool, temperate Ethiopian highlands, it is also one of the lowest, driest, and hottest places on earth. The lowest point (155m/509 ft below sea level) on the African continent, the Danakil is where the famous 32.million year old fossil hominid “Lucy” was discovered in 1974. A trip to the Danakil is full of adventure and surely one you will never forget.
The Tigray region in the north of Ethiopia is a hidden gem overlooked by many. Time wise it is understandable to fly from Lalibela to Axum but you will miss extraordinary scenery and the seldom visited rock-hewn churches which are in the same league of their counterparts in Lalibela. Not to talk about the oldest structure of Ethiopia, the Yeha temple. The 6th century monastery of Debre Damo situated on the top of a mountain is also worth a visit, unfortunately women are not allowed to enter. This monastery, founded by Abuna Aregawi, one of the Nine Saints who spread Christianity over Ethiopia, is only accessible by climbing up the cliff with a long rope. The whole of Tigray is one big open air museum.