When is the best time to visit the Danakil Depression?
The Danakil Depression is famed as being the hottest inhabited place on the planet, with an average temperature year-round of roughly 34°C. The Danakil only receives 100-200 millimetres of rain annually. Regardless of when you go, the region will be hot and dry.
While it is technically possible to visit the Danakil year-round, when you choose to go will make a big difference to your experience. You don't want to find yourself in this alien environment at its absolute extremes.
During the summer months temperatures can climb up to a dizzying 50°C, which can be incredibly uncomfortable for most visitors. Whilst trips during this time are possible, they are most likely going to be private trips, which means it is significantly more expensive.
There is a steady stream of group departures that we can arrange from November to February. Group departures mean the costs of vehicles and support staff is split many ways, making it cheaper for you.
It is important to note that July, August and September make up Ethiopia’s rainy season. The rush of water arriving from the surrounding highlands can lead to flooding of the Awash River running through the depression, which makes travel more of a challenge and visitors may not be able to make it to Erta Ale or Lake Afrera.
Popular Trips to the Danakil Depression
Two Days in the Danakil Depression
Join a group of like-minded explorers and drive into the Danakil Depression in convoy. One of the most geologically fascinating destinations on the planet, the Danakil Depression is renowned as the hottest place on Earth. Discover the kaleidoscopic landscape of…
- 2 Days
The Danakil Depression is one of the hottest, lowest, and driest places on the planet. In the northernmost pocket of Ethiopia, it is home to salt lakes, lava lakes, volcanoes and neon acid springs. The remoteness of the Danakil combined…
- 3 Days
Community Trekking and the Danakil Depression
A true adventure across the northernmost reaches of Ethiopia. Experience community trekking on the plateaus of Tigray, where horizons stretch for miles, distant mountain peaks morph into hazy silhouettes lit by the evening sun, and pockets of light and shadow…
- 11 Days
Historic North and Luxury Lodges
Experience Ethiopia's northern circuit in style. Explore the incredible highland scenery, visit ancient monuments, discover unique cultural traditions, and break up your journey at luxury lodges set amongst incredible backdrops.…
- 12 Days
Historic North Circuit
Explore the Simien Mountains from a luxury lodge perched high in the escarpment, discover the architectural remains of ancient civilisations, and watch the sun set over the sandstone cliffs of Tigray. The Historic North Circuit is a flagship itinerary in…
- 12 Days
Danakil Day Trip
For those wanting just a brief introduction to the alien landscape of the Danakil Depression, it is possible to take a day trip from the base town of Mekele. Be prepared for a lot of time in a…
- 1 Day
Danakil Depression and Gheralta Mountains
Journey north and discover the alien landscapes of Dallol, the bubbling lava lakes of Erta Ale, and watch the sun go down over Lake Afrera. Combine this with a visit to the rock churches of Gheralta.…
- 8 Days