Visit the Hottest Place on Earth: Dallol, Ethiopia
Jul 12, 2019
Even if summer is your favorite season, and you like everything hot, Dallol is a place that will burn you alive. Located in Northern Ethiopia, Dallol, surrounded by Danakil Deserts is an abandoned volcanic region.
The Hottest Place on Earth
Based on year-round records, Dallol has an average temperature of 94 ˚F. That's hot isn't it!
The Martian Landscape
The geological conditions such as the hydrothermal field and volcanoes are contributing factors for the unique brown-deserted landscapes of Dallol.
Dallol is filled with visually striking hot springs releasing chemicals such as ferrous chloride and iron hydroxide.
Salt Volcanic Mountains
Wall formations with minerals, clay, and salt components, ranging about 50 meters border the desert region of Eritrea.
Explosion Crater of Dallol Volcano
The Danakil Desert has a plethora of explosion craters, greenish-yellow salt deposits that rust and turn brown.
Erta Ale Volcano
Experience one of the world's continuously boiling and active basaltic shield volcano that occurs with eruptions.
Erta Ale Lava
Erta Ale meaning 'smoking mountains' in the Afar language is a volcanic delight filled with sulfur and solidified black burning lava.
Acidic Boiling Water
The whole of Danakil Depression is surrounded by lakes and pools of acidic boiling waters.
The bubbles seen around are not hot spring water. Beware of the poisonous nature of these ponds. A foot here and it will lead to serious injuries.
Salt Lake Asale
A perfect setting with rock formation bordering the vast white desert - Salt Lake Asale is another beautiful sight to see around Dallol.
The Ghost Town of Afar
Traveling in groups or with organized tours is the safest bet to visit the Dallol region of Ethiopia.
The Camel Caravan
The best means of transportation, here in Dallol and the Danakil Depression are the camels! These camel rides are long and tiring, but that's the only option you get here.