Adal, Adali, Afar, Kereyu, Keriyu
Large and slender body, with long lyre-shaped horns, small hump and moderate dewlap; horns can form almost a complete circle; coat colour is mainly chestnut or ash-grey. They are very similar to the Raya-Azabo cattle in Ethiopia that inhabit the adjacent agricultural highlands to the west and south.
Found in the steppe and semi-desert areas of the large Afar Region, eastern parts of Tigray and Wollo and the southeastern parts of Eritrea including the northern parts of Djibouti. This breed is also spread along the Awash River to part of western Hararghe and eastern Shewa.
The Danakil cattle are true type Sanga cattle that continued to inhabit parts of the centre of dispersal of African Sanga cattle (Ethiopian highlands), but occupy the eastern escarpment and adjoining rangelands of north-eastern Ethiopia, southern Eritrea and Djibouti. Along with the Raya-Azabo and Abigar, the Danakil constitute the only surviving true type Sanga cattle in Ethiopia.