Desert, Salt and Volcanoes

- expedition to Erta Ale volcano and the Danakil depression (Ethiopia) -

What clients have said:

the trip was totally fabulous (Danakil volcano tour)

Our small group at the lava lake
Our small group at the lava lake
Green salt ponds at Dallol
Green salt ponds at Dallol
Camel caravans on the salt lake
Camel caravans on the salt lake

"Hi Ingrid

Good to hear from you! Yes the trip was totally fabulous and I will be uploading some of the pictures which came out brilliantly I am so pleased - and yes please use my email no problem & refer to me however you like! I have a Flickr site that I also use to upload my pictures to and I am happy for you to use the images - I was actually thinking of entering a photo competition with some of them!
I will certainly be booking future trips with you and I would love to go on another trip with Enku - I think we wore him out doing extra walks & we even took ourselves up the big hill surrounding Wukuru as I am not one for sitting around in hotel & neither was he - I think we were both rather fitter than his normal clientele!

I am aware the groups are normally bigger so many thanks for not cancelling the trip - is certainly has been a 20yr wait for me to go there and I am pleased to have found your company when I was searching around for how to get there! The itinerary was spot on & as I mentioned I could have easily spent another day at both volcanoes - Andrew & I were actually rather keen to do a climb up one of the sandstone rock churches even if just for the view but we couldn't fit that in as well!
Kax" (Karen A. from UK, about the Danakil volcano tour in Dec 2015)

"I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and had great experiences" (Danakil tour)

"Hi Ingrid

I received your calendar gift just after Christmas. It was a very nice surprise. ...
I was able to tell many people of our adventure over the Christmas and New Year break. I think it was wildly apparent to those that I told that I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and had great experiences.

Most people thought we were crazy, but everyone was impressed.
I saw Tom’s video on TV before Christmas – It was on one of the science channels – it was really impressive and such a buzz to see the things we experience firsthand.
I think the way you ran the tour was great. There will always be unforeseen challenges and they will probably always be different. I think when the “heat was on” people got a little stressed and that will always create some interesting reactions. Being involved with Volcanos you know that – turn up the heat and anything can happen!!!

All the very best for 2016. I wish you all the best success in the Volcano world and beyond!

(Paul W. from Australia about the Danakil volcano expedition) from 15 to 27 November 2015

Ingrid's feedback about the Danakil volcano tour

Crocodile in Awash river
Crocodile in Awash river
Ingrid's selfie at the lava lake
Ingrid's selfie at the lava lake

"I find it very difficult to express my feelings and thoughts about this trip, which was by far the most adventurous experience I have ever done.
Although I had prepared it as well as possible and had seen many photographs of this area and read feedback from previous participants, it was really still a surprisingly big and unique moment when I stood next to the lava lake, traveled through the Danakil Desert, saw the giant salt planes, spotted for the first time crocodiles, vultures and orex in their natural habitat,
swam in a salt lake under a star-filled night sky, camped for three days on the crater rim of a volcano without any running water or electricity, ...

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(Ingrid Smet, Belgium about her tour from 15 to 27 November 2015)

"This travel was unique and exceptional." (Daniel F. about the recent Danakil expedition)

"Alex, Beleta, Reinhard,
First of all I would like to express again my most great full thanks to Beleta. You did an excellent job to organize and manage this splendid trip to a fascinating part of your country: the Afar with its amazing people, the active volcanoes and it’s harsh but vast landscape of salt lakes.
You must have had some hard time to satisfy all the wishes of us crazy individualists: Two Germans and even a Bulgarian! And all those additional demands imposed on to you by your fellow countrymen like the Afar police men, the soldiers, the militia and all the administrators we run into together.
Beleta, you helped us to come to a closer understanding of our country and your people. I can’t imagine to have had a better ambassador of your country than you!
Please transmit my thanks again to our drivers among them Tsigaye and last but not least to Sancho, our cook during this trip, who took care about our well-being.
Last but not least, I must have some words about my very well esteemed fellow travelers, Alex and Reinhard. Without you I can’t imagine to have done this travel. You lifted me out of that valley of ignorance of handling an expensive camera and both of you taught me how to shoot decent pictures with my camera. I would like to express my gratitude to both of you for the many tips and hints you gave me. If there would be an opportunity to travel again with all of you I would certainly do so.
I am also indebted to Tom’s Volcano Discovery and his dedicated colleagues. This travel was unique and exceptional.
Regarding the uploading of pictures, hints for improvement of the trip and observations at the Volcanoes you will have some news from my side after the holidays.
Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Daniel" (Daniel F., Saudi Arabia)

Kwame from London about the recent expedition to the Danakil

"...thank you for a fantastic trip. I enjoyed it and got a clearer understanding of the rift system in East Africa and the process of the triple junction there. It was also great to meet Thomas, Michel, Michael and Rowland." (Kwame O., UK)

Panorama of Dallol (photo: Jorge Santos)
Panorama of Dallol (photo: Jorge Santos)

"Hi everybody, ... Just to tell you that was pleasure having you guys and gals on this trip, I believe we had good fun moments and maybe we will meet again in another trip. Any trip that is off the beaten track, requires lugging 15kg of photo gear up the mountain, no toilettes, a reasonable amount of risk, etc, but could deliver good shots...I am in."
- Jorge Santos (Danakil expedition)
Look at Jorge's photos: www.jorgesantosphotography.net/Portfolio/Danakil

"Hallo Tom!
Ich möchte Dir an dieser Stelle noch einmal ganz herzlich danken für die sehr gut organisierte Expedition zum Erta Ale und Dallol. Ich habe selten zuvor in zwei Wochen so viele positive und eindrückliche Momente erlebt wie auf dieser Reise. Neben dem Besuch der Vulkane wird mir die Danakil-Wüste mit all ihren facettenreichen Landschaften, die Freundlichkeit der Aethiopier, der sehr gute Teamgeist unserer Gruppe und natürlich die Kamelkarawane zum Salzsee in bester Erinnerung bleiben.
Auch erwähnenswert ist natürlich der Besuch der Felsenkirchen, welche eingebettet in einer fantastischen Landschaft liegen. Ich bin sehr dankbar für all diese eindrücklichen Momente! Sollte ich zukünftig wieder einmal auf Vulkanexpedition gehen, werde ich ohne zu zögern "VolcanoDiscovery" deswegen kontaktieren. Zudem erlaube ich mir, Dich in meinem Bekanntenkreis weiter zu empfehlen.
Herzlichst, André B.
Schweiz" (Expedition to the Danakil)

Frank working at the lava lake of Erta Ale volcano, Ethiopia
Frank working at the lava lake of Erta Ale volcano, Ethiopia
"Hallo Tom,
ich möchte mich hiermit bei Dir für die exzellente logistische Organisation der Touren nach Äthiopien Januar 2008 (Erta Ale, Dallol) und Indonesien Juli 2008 (Krakatau und Tengger Kaldera) bedanken.
Dank Deiner netten und kompetenten Partner vor Ort (Solomon, Doni und alle anderen) fühlte ich mich in sehr guten Händen aufgehoben und verköstigt. Somit konnte ich mich auf meine fotografischen Aktivitäten konzentrieren, ohne mir über organisatorische Dinge Sorgen machen zu müssen. Ich bin überzeugt, dass wir noch einige weitere Exkursionen zusammen machen werden und kann Volcano Discovery Touren sehr empfehlen.
Good luck und gut Lava"
Frank Krahmer - Premium Nature Photography
------------------------------------------------------- www: http://www.frankkrahmer.de

Marlies and Solomon at Dallol
Marlies and Solomon at Dallol
Hello Tom  Hello Solomon
WOW - the DANAKIL has it all
Sand - stones - rocks - lava - salt - camels, not to forget the fascinating volcano ERTA ALE and the mysterious and magic scenery at DALLOL. Thank you TOM for taking me on your pilot expedition. Thank you SOLOMON for being such a great and helpful tour guide. (Marlies B, UK, Erta Ale - Dallol expedition).



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