The Hottest Place on Earth

A team of experts and explorers venture into Danakil desert in Northern Ethiopia, where temperatures can reach 60 degrees celsius, to find out what life is like for the people who live there.

There is almost no water here in Danakil which is officially the hottest place on earth. It is one of the most geologically active areas on the planet, where volcanoes and earthquakes rip the earth apart opening vast fissures in a matter of hours. Yet somehow people live here - the Afar, a legendary warrior tribe, who rely on their camels and goats for survival.

A team of experts make the very tough journey to the Danakil to see how its people and animals survive, and to use 3D laser mapping technology to make the first ever scan of the inside of a live volcano.

Production Information

Broadcaster: BBC One

TX Date: March 2009

Format: 2 x 60

Website: BBC - The Hottest Place on Earth


BBCWW / Discovery

Executive Producer(s):

Richard Bradley


Kate Humble

Steve Leonard

Dougal Jerram

Mukul Agarwal

Richard Wiese