Desolate and dry, Dallol appeals to those seeking the otherworldly. Located in northern Ethiopia, getting here isn’t easy. But for anyone keen to experience life on another planet, this is perhaps as close as it comes. Don’t like hot weather? You might want to give this barren backwater a miss. Dallol holds the record for the highest average temperature for an uninhabited place on Earth. Trust us on this one. You wouldn’t want to settle down and live here.
Summer temperatures often reach close to 50C and with little or no rainfall, the landscape has a distinctly Martian feel to it. Located in the Afar Depression, Dallol lies 130 metres below sea level. Hostile to life and with few redeeming features, it’s perhaps no great surprise that few venture here. Those who do discover salt formations, acidic hot springs and gas geysers — a landscape that is alien and unusual, and one that feels as though it belongs to another planet.