Footage shows traveller walking amid bubbling sulphur pools in the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia

A stroll through hell: Amazing footage shows traveller walking amid bubbling hyper-acidic green sulphur pools in Ethiopian desert

  •  Bridget Thackwray, 25, can be seen strolling amid the sulphur ponds of the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia
  •  Explorer is one half of New Zealand travelling duo Expedition Earth who are promoting environmental issues
  • Bridget and Topher Richwhite, 33, plan to cover seven continents in three years and rack up 350,000 km

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This is the incredible moment a brave explorer took a stroll across a terrace of psychedelic-coloured sulphur pools in the middle of a desert.

Spectacular footage, shot in June, shows Bridget Thackwray, 25 – who is one half of New Zealand travelling duo Expedition Earth with partner Topher Richwhite, 33 – walking bare-legged around the other-worldly and dangerous ponds via narrow strips of rock.

These pools are found in the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia – one of the lowest, hottest and generally most hellish locations in the world. 

Bridget Thackwray, 25, who is one half of New Zealand travelling duo Expedition Earth, is pictured walking amid bubbling sulphur pools in the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia 

The area is one of the lowest and hottest places on Earth and Bridget and her partner Topher Richwhite have been exploring its geological wonders

The area is one of the lowest and hottest places on Earth and Bridget and her partner Topher Richwhite have been exploring its geological wonders

The camera pans out to show just how vast and arid the area is. Plumes of smoke can be seen swirling up from the ground as the hyper-acidic yellow and green pools undulate.

Bridget said: ‘The sulphur fumes burn your lungs when you breathe whilst you are close to the terraces.

‘It was a very uncomfortable experience.

‘There is a constant hot breeze blowing, with more fumes, so the only way to take cover was behind a few alien-like rocks dotted around.’

She added: ‘We were unsure what the liquid in the pools consisted of, so we did not touch it.

‘However, it was continuously bubbling and puffing steam, we could tell it was hot.’ 

The Danakil Depression, which is 127 metres below sea level, 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.

The Danakil Depression 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 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 

Bridget said walking among the pools was a very uncomfortable experience and the sulphur fumes burned her lungs

Bridget said walking among the pools was a very uncomfortable experience and the sulphur fumes burned her lungs

The volcanic landscape’s green and yellow acid and sulphur lakes and pools are popular with tourists.

Becky and Topher are travelling the world to promote environmental issues and according to their website, left New Zealand 506 days ago. Their plan is to take in seven continents in three years and cover 350,000km.

So far some of the incredible sights they have seen include the Krka waterfall in Croatia and the Nubian pyramids of Sudan. They have also undertaken a National Geographic assignment about the Sukuma lion killers of Western Tanzania.

MailOnline Travel previously featured another video the intrepid pair filmed while in the Danakil Depression. 

In this footage Bridget can be seen swimming in a stunning natural pool in the middle of a vast salt plain. 

Bridget said the area sometimes saw bandit activity.

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

Previously Bridget was filmed swimming in a beautiful natural pool within the arid vastness of the Danakil Depression

Previously Bridget was filmed swimming in a beautiful natural pool within the arid vastness of the Danakil Depression

The salty ponds that Bridget swam in are popular with Instagramming tourists

The salty ponds that Bridget swam in are popular with Instagramming tourists


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