Footage shows a traveller swimming in a natural pool at the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia2 min read

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Incredible footage shows a traveller swimming in a stunning natural pool in the middle of a salt desert – renowned for being one of Earth’s hottest places

  • Bridget Thackwray, 25, was filmed going for a dip in a pool at the roasting Danakil Depression in Ethiopia
  • The pool is situated in the middle of an expanse of desert and was described by Bridget as ‘very, very salty’ 
  • Danakil Depression is renowned for its psychedelic landscape and giant acid ponds 

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This jaw-dropping clip shows an intrepid traveller swimming in a natural pool in one of the hottest places in the world. 

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Bridget Thackwray is one half of New Zealand travelling duo Expedition Earth, and in June the 25-year-old and her partner, Topher Richwhite, 33, discovered this phenomenon at the Danakil Depression – an eye-popping geological wonder in Ethiopia.

The area is peppered with deserts and hot springs, and Bridget was filmed taking a dip in the middle of a huge salt flat.  

As the footage pans down it’s clear just how arid and vast the salt flats are, making this clip even more mesmerising.  

Bridget said: ‘The Danakil Depression is one of the hottest and lowest locations on the planet.  

‘The pool was minus 127 metres below sea level and was very, very salty. 

The Danakil Depression is one of the hottest places on earth and has been referred to as 'the cradle of humanity' following the discovery there of a hominin fossil - named Lucy - dating back 3.2 million years

The Danakil Depression is one of the hottest places on earth and has been referred to as ‘the cradle of humanity’ following the discovery there of a hominin fossil – named Lucy – dating back 3.2 million years

‘The area is also dangerous due to bandits from Eritrea.’

She added: ‘We had to have security personnel in our car as well as a guide, but they could not speak English well.’  

The Danakil Depression was formed from the divergence of three tectonic plates in the Horn of Africa. It has been referred to as ‘the cradle of humanity’ following the discovery there of a hominin fossil – named Lucy – dating back 3.2 million years.

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The volcanic landscape also has huge green and yellow acid and sulphur lakes – and is popular with tourists. 

The Depression was formed by the divergence of three tectonic plates and is known for its psychedelic landscape

The Depression was formed by the divergence of three tectonic plates and is known for its psychedelic landscape  

Multi-coloured wonder: The volcanic landscape has huge green and yellow acid and sulphur lakes

Multi-coloured wonder: The volcanic landscape has huge green and yellow acid and sulphur lakes

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