The Danakil Depression desert is a plain area of approximately 200 by 50 km (124 by 31 mi), lying in the north of the Afar Region of Ethiopia, near the border with Eritrea. It is about 125 m (410 ft) below sea level and is bordered to the west by the Ethiopian Plateau and to the east by the Danakil Alps, beyond which is the Red Sea. 

This desolate, desert region is the home of the Danakil Depression, a place that seems more alien than Earth-like. It’s the hottest place on Earth and during the summer months, temperatures can get up to a high of 55 degrees Celsius (131 degrees Fahrenheit) thanks to geothermal heat caused by volcanic activity.

The Danakil depression is a salt desert at the crossroads of three tectonic plates on the East African rift. Intense volcanic and hydrothermal activity occurs there, and shapes the hottest place on the planet. 

Lake Afdera of Danakil depression
Swimming in Lake Afdera of Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

4 Days Danakil Depression Tour Itinerary

A geological depression caused by the continental drift of three tectonic plates, Danakil Depression is home to some of the most fascinating geological structures on the planet.

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