We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Marcus, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Marcus lives in Sweden, and submitted the following report about the Danakil Depression. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 2 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Amharic, English
Reasons to go to the Danakil Depression
You go here to experience one of the most inhospitable places on earth. One of the hottest places on earth. The sights, the smells, the nature, the people. All of it is amazing.
You have to book a trip to Danakil Depression (4-5 days) with one of the many agencies in Mekelle. It is no longer possible to go by oneself, due to the location of Danakil – close to the Eritrean border.
Watch camel caravans walk along the salt lakes at sunrise and take a million photos of the out-of-this-world looking Dallol. Green, orange, yellow, white. Salt. Weird shapes. Bubbling sulphur springs. Another world!
Finally, climb an active volcano. Spend the night at the crater's rim. Watch the lava lake bubble, glow, and put on a fireworks show like you have never seen before.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 2 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 2 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)