Into the Heart of the Sahara – Algeria

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Our trip to Algeria takes you into the very heart of the Sahara. Experiencing days of travel in some of the world’s most remote landscapes and meeting the people that live there.

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All about the Into the Heart of the Sahara – Algeria.

Our Algeria trip takes you into the very heart of the Sahara. Experiencing days of travel in some of the world’s most remote landscapes and meeting the people that live there.

The trip is in two parts. You can book either part, or the whole trip.

The first part (from 30th Jan – 7th Feb) is in the very far south of Algeria. Ten days visiting the orange sands and black rock of the Tadrat Rouge mountain range tucked up in the South East of Algeria on the borders of Libya and Niger. Then traversing the length of the Tassili N’Ajjer national park, visiting ancient rock paintings on the way.

The second part (from 4th Feb – 16th Feb) sees us drive between Ghardaia and Timimoun – two of the great desert towns of the Berber and Tuareg people. Experiencing life on the edge of the great sand sea. Algeria receives very few visitors and fewer still venture so far south. This trip is a step into a landscape and people that are on the doorstep of Europe but feels like a step back into an older time and place.

Start point: Algiers
End point: Algiers
Maximum number of people: 10

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All transport (4×4)
  • Permits
  • Letter of invitation for visa application
  • All accommodation
  • All food in Tadrart Rouge (day 2-7)
  • Breakfast (day 10-18)
  • Local guide
  • Local security team (where necessary) & all of their fees/expenses
  • International guide
  • Drinking water
  • Entrance fees
  • Film and photo permits
  • 3 x Domestic flights: Algiers -> Djanet, Illizi -> Ghardaia, and Timimoun -> Algiers
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International flights
  • Dinner and lunch in Ghardaia, El-Menia, Timimoun and Algiers
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  1. Day 1 Algiers - Djanet

    Your guide will meet you at the airport or collect you from your hotel in Algiers and you will fly with them to Djanet at 2300PM, arriving 0115AM.
    Overnight in hotel.

  2. Day 2 Djanet - Tadrart Rouge

    After breakfast, you will have a couple of hours to explore the oasis town of Djanet before departing to the Tadrart Rouge desert region at midday. You will have lunch along the way and arrive at Wadi El Berdj in the late afternoon, which is located in Tassili N’Ajjer National Park. The wadi is a long, sandy valley flanked by high and unusual-looking rocks on either side.
    Overnight in tents.

  3. Day 3 Tadrart Rouge

    Today you will head further into the desert and visit millennia-old petroglyphs hidden in caves, etched on to cliffs and overlooking picturesque stone arches and Mars-like landscapes. In the late afternoon you’ll arrive at Moulan Aga’s ridge of dunes and have time to enjoy a beautiful sunset which is a near-daily occurrence in the Sahara.
    Overnight in tents.

  4. Day 4 Tadrart Rouge

    After breakfast, you will cross through an area called Les Cathedrales, which is named after the large arched rock pillars which resemble Gothic cathedrals. The next stop is In Tehak, which has an amazing set of petroglyphs depicting galloping giraffes, elephants and scenes from everyday life of the nomads who once lived in the area centuries ago. In the afternoon we reach the Tadrart Rouge’s highest sand dunes at Tin Merzouga which is characterised by orange and ochre-coloured sand. The top of the dunes make for an incredible 360-degree view of endless waves of sand stretching into the horizon.
    Overnight in tents.

  5. Day 5 Tadrart Rouge

    Today you’ll visit Circle Valley, which is a crescent-shaped valley with splend ochre, orange, and pink colours. There’s a few serene desert ponds too, known as gueltas, which you can explore and were once used by nomads as watering holes. After you’ll venture to Bouhedienne’s rocky, petroglyph-covered grotto before arriving in In Zaouaten to spend the night.
    Overnight in tents.

  6. Day 6 Tadrart Rouge

    Today we’ll slowly make our way out of the Tadrart Rouge and explore an incredible complex of canyons, rock features, dunes, and spires before checking out the huge wadi of In Djaren. Around the area are ammonite and trilobite fossils to discover too.
    Overnight in tents.

  7. Day 7 Tadrart Rouge - Djanet

    Depart from the Tadrart Rouge passing by impressive black sand dunes, stopping for lunch along the way before arriving in Djanet. You will have the remainder of the day to visit the oasis town’s souks, palm grove, ancient irrigation canals, and El Mihan and El Djahil ksars (old fortified villages). If there is time you may be able to meet some older women in the town playing the imzad (a Tuareg bow-and-string instrument), as well as blacksmith-craftsmen specialising in leather and jewellery.
    Overnight in tents.

  8. Day 8 Djanet - Tikobaouine

    Depart north by vehicle to Tikobaouine’s desert passing by Erg Admer’s huge white sand dunes and stopping for lunch at Adaig’s labyrinth of rocky towers.
    Overnight in tents.

  9. Day 9 Tikobaouine - Ihrir

    After breakfast you’ll head to Essendilene’s picturesque canyon which is filled with palms, oleander flowers and a small guelta desert pond at the far end of the canyon.
    Continue onward by vehicle to Ihrir, arriving in the evening.
    Overnight in tents.

  10. Day 10 Ihrir - Illizi

    You will have day to explore Ihrir’s Idaren Canyon region, which is surrounded by black volcanic rocks shimmering under the Saharan sun. The canyon is also home to a Tuareg nomad’s village and you’ll have time to meet with them.
    Evening arrival in Illizi.
    Overnight in hotel.

  11. Day 11 Illizi - Ghardaia

    In the morning you will time for tea, coffee, and breakfast in one of Illizi’s street cafes, followed by a short walk around the town giving you a chance to see more of what life is like in a small central Algerian desert town.
    Fly at 1300PM from Illizi, arriving in Ghardaia at 1510PM.
    You will have the remainder of the afternoon to check out the town before dinner.
    Overnight in hotel.

  12. Day 12-13 Ghardaia / Beni Isguen

    Visit the city of Ghardaia, the M’zab Valley region’s capital. It is home to the Mozabite Berber, a Muslim sect of Ibadi, who are famous for making carpets and their traditional/religious practices. You will spend both nights in Beni Isguen, which is 10km away from Gharadia. Over two days you can visit the old fortified village of Bounoura (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ancient remains of Melika village and the tomb and mausoleum of Sheikh Sidi Aissa.
    Overnight in hotel.

  13. Day 14 Beni Isguen - Timimoun

    A full day’s drive from Beni Isguen to Timimoun stopping off at El-Menia to visit an old ksar, a mosque, and the bird-rich desert lake of Hassi el Gara.
    During the drive you will be accompanied by a police escort which is a requirement of the Algerian government.
    Overnight in hotel.

  14. Day 15 Timimoun

    A full day to visit Timimoun’s new and old parts of town, as well as meeting its residents who have Berber, Arab and Malian roots.
    Overnight in hotel.

  15. Day 16 Timimoun – Grand Erg Occidental – Timimoun

    Day trip by 4×4 to Grand Erg Occidental, an area of orange sand dunes up to 120m high and is home to Ksar Draa, an ancient castle that is slowly disappearing under the encroaching Saharan desert.
    Overnight in hotel.

  16. Day 17 Timimoun - Algiers

    You’ll have time in the morning to explore more of Timimoun before catching a flight to Algiers at 1405PM (arrives 1655PM).
    Transfer from airport.
    Overnight in hotel.

  17. Day 18 Algiers - End

    After breakfast transfer to Algiers international airport by train and fly home.
    End of trip.

Accommodation

We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. We consider comfort, location, design, character, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.

This trip is based on staying in local hotels and tents when you’re in the desert areas.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Included in the price:
  • All transport (4×4)
  • Permits
  • Letter of invitation for visa application
  • All accommodation
  • All food in Tadrart Rouge (day 2-7)
  • Breakfast (day 10-18)
  • Local guide
  • Local security team (where necessary) & all of their fees/expenses
  • International guide
  • Drinking water
  • Entrance fees
  • Film and photo permits
  • 3 x Domestic flights: Algiers -> Djanet, Illizi -> Ghardaia, and Timimoun -> Algiers
Not included in the price
  • International flights
  • Dinner and lunch in Ghardaia, El-Menia, Timimoun and Algiers
  • Tips
  • Insurance

There are regular international flights to Algiers. We will issue visa authorisation documents to guests ahead of travel so that they will be able to obtain visas from their local consulate/embassy. Please contact us about which embassy you will apply at as processing times vary greatly.

You will be accompanied by an international guide, in addition to drivers and a local guide. The local guides and drivers speak limited English.

Security escorts are required in some areas of southern Algeria. We must state that the local team have the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons.

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Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
January 30, 2021 - February 7, 2021
Available to Book
$3,000
N/A
February 4, 2021 - February 16, 2021
Available to Book
$2,200
N/A
January 30, 2021 - February 16, 2021
Available to Book
$4,800
N/A