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Sights Of Trekking Interest And Camel Riding At The Danakil Deserts Tour

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Day 01: Arrival Arrive at Asmara International Airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Asmara Day 02: Asmara City Tour Asmara, the capital of Eritrea is the largest City. Laying at an altitude of 2400 . .
Country: Eritrea
City: Asmara
Duration: 6 Day(s) - 5 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
Package Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival

Arrive at Asmara International Airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Asmara

Day 02: Asmara City Tour

Asmara, the capital of Eritrea is the largest City. Laying at an altitude of 2400 meters above sea level the City has a year-round pleasant climate at a range of 18-25 Celsius. Even during the summertime, Asmara has an enjoyable climate. The modern city of Asmara was literally created by the Italians between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th Century. The city’s elegant streets and the adjoining promenade are comfortable for day or night walking.

The city now accommodates more than 400 Art Deco buildings officially recognized by UNESCO. The city maintains its cleanliness, which is commended by many visitors. One of the attractive features of Asmara, in particular, and the country in general is that it is the safest place to enjoy. One would feel as if one is in Rome when touring Asmara. Many Italians use to call it “Asmara Bella” .meaning “Asmara the beautiful”. Overnight in Asmara

Day 03: Asmara- Massawa along the Green Belt

Driving to Massawa through Eritrea’s green belt would take the path primarily toward the Keren road. Then turning towards the east the journey would gradually descend through the much-admired fulfill- Solomon road, usually called Eritrea’s Green Belt. The road initially built by the Italians as a weather road has been turned into a fine tarmac by the Government of Eritrea Visitors may feel as if they are driving above the clouds as they could apparently watch the clouds down the hill.

Bird watching is glamorous. In Filfil Solomuna Visitors can have a coffee break mid-way at Sabur or Medhanit resort areas further driving towards the east the descending will continue. Visitors could have a stop-over at the Mai Wu’uii (the famous hot spring) found some 40 kilometers from Massawa. Local people visit the area for medical reasons to cure some notable diseases such as Rheumatism, general debility, and other cases that need hot spring water. Continuing the journey visitors will witness the desert plains before reaching the port city of Massawa.

(Overnight Massawa)

Day 04: Massawa - Foro - Adulis - Gulf of Zula - Erafaile- Gelalo

Driving along the Danakil desert plains will give the visitors an opportunity to observe the ancient port of Adulis some 70 kilometers far from the Port City of Massawa. Zula is also adjacent to Adulis. These two ancient ports were a hub to the vibrant trade that uses to prevail in the middle east circa 2000 years B.C. In 1868 A British Military Expedition led by General Napier built a 21-kilometer railway from Zula to Kumaile.

They used the railway to transport their caravan of Elephants, donkeys, and their army to 600 kilometers inside Ethiopia, namely Gondar to fight against the then King Tewodros the then Emperor of Ethiopia. Further driving will take the visitors to Gellalo Village, found along the long stretch of the 1200 kilometers of coastline that Eritrea is endowed with. (Overnight camping)

Day 05: Gelalo – The Buri Peninsula - Massawa

Driving further along the Danakil desert will have the visitors accompanied by a captivating scenery of gazelles, Ostriches, and the wild donkey (not Zebras), a few of the species remaining in our world today. One would marvel how these rare animals survive in that seemingly parched desert In the Buri Peninsula usually called INGEL by the inhabitants, the Afar ethnic group, visitors can enjoy canoe sailing flanked by mangrove trees. It is such spectacular scenery. Like anywhere else in Eritrea, the inhabitants are such hospitable people.

Drive back to Massawa. (Overnight Massawa)

Day 06: Massawa - Ghindae - Asmara

Driving back in the early morning from Massawa to Asmara is enjoyable ascending from 0 sea levels to a gradual climb to Gahtelai, Dongolo Basso, Dongollo Alto, Ghindae, and Nesbit. Nefasit is overshadowed by the famous Debrebizen monastery at an altitude of 2450 meters above. A separate expedition can be arranged for climbing, but only for men who are physically fit. Then finally the journey will take the visitors to Asmara. Late in the evening visitors will be transferred to the airport for their Bon Voyage.

Massawa enjoys a combination of Turkish and Italian Architects, an apparent indication of Ottoman and Italian colonial history. There is, among others, an old Turkish Palace and the Modern Port built by the Titians at the turn of the 20th Century.

More than one thousand years mosque is still standing to this day. A great attraction to many visitors At the end of the 1960’s Italian writer Oscar Rampone described Massawa in his introductory poem His profound expression is vivid to this day. He said “ “Massawa Massawa white and Blue I never get tired whenever I write of you”. The famous Gurgusum Beach is one of the finest beaches in the world.

Visitors can enjoy swimming Massawa is relatively cool from October to March. However, from April to September, it will be hot and humid. Visitors can adjust their timetable accordingly. Overnight in Massawa.

Late in the evening transfer to airport for departure.Note: Another adventurous trek can be organized from Igla Demhina in AdiKeyh for crossing to Foro, It can be a 4-5 day journey by camel. Such trekking can also be extended up to 10 days

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