Awash National Park
Fabulous railway hotel near National Park around the Awash river.
Gewane – Afar Region
Desolate desert flanking the Awash River.
Modern government centre for the Afar region.
The end-of-the-world, where the Awash River runs into the desert.
Dichioto/Eli Dar Salt Lake
Disappointing salt lake and nondescript truckers village.
One of the world’s hottest places, but full of natural wonders.
Lake Afrera
A salt lake, salt works, and corrugated-iron village.
Spring board for Erta Ale volcano, in desolate landscape.
Erta Ale
Spectacular night visit to a lava-spewing volcano.
Hamed Ela and Lake Asale
A small village depends on salt winning from the lake.
Technicolor spectacle of sulphur springs and pools in a grey desert.
Pleasant village at the edge of the Rift Escarpment.
Dire Dawa
Big city with a pleasant small-town atmosphere, and the promise of rock paintings.
The old, walled city of Harar is attractive by day, but scary at night.
Dusty town without much attraction, except as springboard for Somaliland.
A most efficient border crossing between Ethiopia and Somaliland.