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LIFESTYLE TRAVEL


Volcanic camping in Ethiopia A journey of contrasts, this 14-day trip will take you from the Danakil Depression, one of the lowest, hottest places on earth, to the mountains of Tigray. Although some places on this itinerary are not recommended by the Foreign Office, you’re guided by experts, and for intrepid travellers it offers intriguing cultural insights, adventure and activity. In addition to exploring one of the largest open-air markets in the


world in Addis Abada, you will ride camels from the base to the rim of the active Era Ale volcano where you will camp overnight. In the morning, awake to a spectacular sunrise before exploring the lava lake, one of just five in the world. The trip also takes in a visit to the spectacular churches of Ethiopia,


famous for being carved entirely out of the rock face. You will also spend three nights with local communities, in conjunction with the charity TESFA (Tourism in Ethiopia for Sustainable Future Alternatives). This is not for those looking for luxury, but if you want a trip that will enrich your life, this is it. £2,850 for 14 nights, including all meals and accommodation (not including international flights). Book with Wild Frontiers (020 7736 3968, www.wildfrontiers.co.uk)


Sulphur lakes at Dallol in the Danakil Depression


Trekking from Erta Ale Volcano


The Great Blue Hole, Belize


Diving the Great Blue Hole in Belize


If you love diving, explore the next frontier with sinkhole diving, which offers the eerie experience of dropping into the deep unknown. The Great Blue Hole, which lies 43 miles from Belize’s coastline, stands out dark against the turquoise sea. At just under a kilometre across, it drops a dizzying 126 metres, and divers must stay close to the sides to prevent being disorientated. Discover stunning cave systems


formed during the ice age, and explore the amazing stalactite formations and marine life deep underwater. If that’s not enough to float your tank, visit between April and June to swim with whale sharks as they begin their annual migration. Special dive training for the depths


required for the Blue Hole is available, and you can choose to stay on the water on the 55-foot Sun Dancer II ‘liveaboard’ or plump for more luxury at the private island resort of Turneffe Island Lodge. From £2,545 for seven nights, including flights, accommodation, meals and dive package. Book with Dive Worldwide (0845 130 6980, www.diveworldwide.com)


RACHAEL WOOLSTON is Travel Editor at businesslife.co


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