Volcanic New Years

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December 29th 2015
Published: January 7th 2016
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Drive first to Abala, small town for join up with other trucks, not too bad if not for some irritating kids. Drivoe until reaching our pick up point for police escort to danakil landscape. Walk down to a camel / salt trading post before driving onto our first camp after some Africa time which means it's dark but beautiful stars ahead, sleep on raised beds with simple mattress & s bag under the stars. 30/12/15 head first to the salt lakes and drive through the shallows to the raised acid lakes of danakil. Incredible landscape nicknamed the hottest place on earth for its record temperature in the hot season. Avoiding the bubbling sulphur fumes makes for a fascinating multicoloured visit. Drive back out across the liquid salt to later reach the current mining site with all its workers and camels, blocks are axed out, shaped and loaded in stacks onto the camels,100-150kg per camel we think. An amazing day, a photographers paradise. Stay that night in a small town in the grounds of a bar, 31/12/15 travel a short drive for salt lake swimming and a refresh In the very hot springs before breakfast, not too picturesque due to being used as a pit stop for all tour groups and truck was to remove salt from the land cruisers. Drive to the volcano camp that afternoon and begin hike @ 6pm (cooler yet dark) reach summit by 9.30pm and spend the night at nearby camp in sight of the crater, along with many hours spent gazing into the magma. A jovial crowd for the passing of New Years (int time). 01/01/16 leave after 4am to evade hiking in deep sun and reach base camp for breakfast @ 7 before travelling on the long road back to Mekele. Stay at Eden pension for 100 brr and wash off in their toasty spa showers, clean again, later eat with a few of the group in town at a guide book joint by the name of karibu kitchen.

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