The camp on the edge of the crater consists of a few simple huts made from piled up stones. We crawled into the most remote hut to be away from the Afar guides talking the night away while chain-smoking. At sunrise the view of the crater itself was much less impressive than during the night: a bit of smoke coming from a hole in the crater floor.
Christos rushed us to start our hike down and luckily we did, because when we reached the camp at around 09:30 am, we could not imagine walking at even hotter temperatures.
Liza fed us delicious hot cereal to boast our energy level and off we went for some more bouncing around through endless lava fields in our indestructible jeep. A few more hours of driving through lava fields, sand and dust and we hit what looked like civilization at a first glimpse: Lake Afdera!