10th July 2017
Wild Frontiers are delighted to announce that the FCO’s advice against travel to the Danakil area of Northern Ethiopia has been revoked. The advice had been in place since 2007 due to civil unrest in the region.
The Danakil Depression is the lowest point in Africa, sitting above the convergence of three tectonic plates. Bubbling lakes of lava, active volcanoes and vast salt plains (compete with otherworldly rock formations) makes this area quite unlike any other you’ve ever seen.
The lifting of these restrictions is not only fantastic news for tourists wishing to experience this unique environment, but also for the local communities that will benefit from the economic boost tourism can bring.
We have been running trips to Danakil since 2012, showing off the area’s unique beauty as well as meeting members of the Afar people, who harvest rock salt from the Depression to earn a living.
We are also delighted to announce that since 16 June 2017 the FCO no longer advises against travel to Lamu Island in Lamu County, Kenya. Although, the FCO does still advise all those visiting the island to do so by air, and to avoid travelling by road.
Lamu Island is home to Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited towns, Lamu, which was settled in 1370. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the organisation calling it “the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa.”
It remains a picturesque hideaway for the weary traveller, combining simple but attractive architecture with white sandy beaches and numerous sites of historical and cultural interest.
Sadly, there does appear to be a cloud looming over the island with the Kenyan Government seriously considering plans to build an oil refinery on the island. So, there isn’t much time to see Lamu in its current state!