Ardoukoba

Ardoukoba Volcanic Landscape

Travel to Ardoukoba Volcano – Spectacular Volcanic Landscapes

Ardoukoba Volcano lies on the fault line which runs through Eastern Africa and it sits above Lac Assal in an extremely volcanically active area of Djibouti.

Ardoukoba Volcano erupted in 1978 for one week after an earthquake created a 1.8 m fissure. This was the first eruption of Ardoukoba Volcano in 3000 years.

Two lava flows were erupted, 1 km to the SE, and 0.5 km to the NW. Ash emissions reached 300 m altitude and a crater 30 wide and 100 m high was formed. The Ardoukoba rift is 17 km wide and 800 m deep. The most recent flows are concentrated within the Inner Floor. Exposed rocks of the Ardoukoba Rift range from basalts to ferrobasalts with andesine basalts the most abundant group recognized.

Here you can travel through a remarkable geological landscape of old and new lava, faults and folds. Ardoukoba last erupted in 1978 but is now safe to walk on – it’s only a short walk to and from the crater where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of an magnificent volcanic landscape.

  • Walk to the crater for spectacular views of a volcanic landscape.
  • Traverse a remarkable geological landscape of old and new lava, faults and folds.
  • Take an excursion to nearby Lac Assal.

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