The Rift Valley stretches along a 4,000 km long fault line stretching from the Red Sea south to Mozambique’s Zambezi Valley.

The Ethiopian portion of the Rift Valley runs forms the Red Sea to Lake Turkana on the Kenyan border. In northern Ethiopia, it forms the Danakil Depression, and inaccessible and inhospitable desert that dips to an altitude of 116m below sea level, one of the lowest points on the earth’s surface.

The southern part of the Ethiopian Rift Valley is lower, warmer and drier than other densely populated parts of the country. Covered in acacia woodland and studded with lakes.

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