Algeria Off The Beaten Path

  • The scale and majesty of Algeria's Central Sahara
    The scale and majesty of Algeria's...
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  • Tombeau de la Chretienne by Jelena
    Tombeau de la Chretienne by Jelena
    by Aurorae
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    Qabr-er-Rumia by Jelena
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Algeria Off The Beaten Path

  • The Saharawi Camps

    I do not write a lot of "Off the Beaten Path" tips but of all that I have ever written, this has to be the most literally off of the beaten path.After flying to Paris, then to Algiers, and then finally to Tindouf, Algeria, which is about as far west as you can go and still be in Algeria and arriving in the middle of the night, we drove for what...

  • Follow the Tuareg Path

    I spent 3 weeks travelling with the Tuareg - by 4x4 and camels - from Tamanrasset while I was researching a magazine feature for CNN Traveller. Here's the full story:

  • 1987, 9th travel to the Sahara, other...

    This was a trek in another part of the Tassili N’Immidir,again organized by “Homme et Montagnes du Sahara” , with Jean-Louis Bernezat.Each part of the Immidir is very different from one another.More to come!

  • Desert customs

    I worked in the desert in Algeria in 2005/2006 ...beautiful scenery but a lot of tension in regard to personal safety for foreigners...perhaps all coming from me, but was required to stay in a fenced in camp and not advised to move about outside the camp. Military escourts for desert trips was advised...not sure if over the top but certainly tensed...

  • Cows feeding on a dump

    This photo was taken in Annaba back country. Household refuse from large and smaller cities are collected and poured in dumping grounds. This can be a heaven for cows or sheep that are happy to find a part of their feed.

  • Terfez

    Terfezia leonis* (Lions' terfez) is an hypogeous mushroom that grows in sub-desert areas. This photo was taken in Ghardaia, were there were heaps of terfez at the market. It belongs to the truffle family but it's taste is closer to potatoes or turnips than to Périgord's black truffle from France or Alba's white truffle from Italy.

  • Hammam Meskhoutine

    Our friend brought us to Hammam Meskhoutine, once the meeting we had attended was over. I will soon build a page on this amazing place. It is a very hot spring (98?C), with a very large flow and a very high level of dissolved minerals. Thus, it gives wonderful cliffs of deposit that are, too my feeling, far more impressive than those found in the...

  • Gueltas in the Hoggar massif

    The gueltas are unique to this region. They are small terraces, pots and small cascades in which water runs permanently - although this is a completely desert environment. You will find rich vegetation, and the diverse fauna includes fish species such as the desert barbel!The nomadic Touareg of Tamanrasset use the gueltates to store water for...

  • Arak gorges

    Arak is the village/town half the way between In Salah and Tamanrasset, at a very low elevation, and terribly hot. The town itself is not much to stop for, but the nearby gorges are quite rewarding. We only stopped there to spend the night in one of the gorges, which was quite nice and definitely off the beaten path!

  • Beaches

    Near town of Algier, just 11 km far away to west you can find wonderfull bungalows and beaches called CLUB THE PINNear is also Hotel Sheraton but for me is like prison at beach. Beton structure small windows...bljak...fuj...Algier is windy and take a jacket also on the beach, some times wind can come in a minute and air is cold...Dont forget sun...

  • Beni Abbes swimming pool

    In the surroundings of Beni Abbes we made a early morning walk.We passed this small swimming pool with clear spring water a few KM outside of town.It was a nice shady place with a lot of palm trees.

  • Kerzaz water pump

    Look out for this kind of building between Beni Abbes and Timimoun.These are traditional water pumps. We found one at the road side near Kerzaz.There was somebody around of the village, he was very willing to explain us who the system worked.

  • 'Off the beathen path' in the...

    'Off the beathen path' in Algeria is perhaps a trip out in the sand dunes although you dont have to travel far to find them. Sahara cover most of the country,only a relatively small part of the northern part is not desert. If you wanna go real out of the beaten path you may take a camelride out in the desert, perhaps hundreds of kilometers from the...

  • Izgher: a laid back village

    Izgher is a small oasis village about 50 km from Timimoun. It's really a laid back place, and inhabitants are a strange mixture of different races with a strong sub-saharian and animist influence. No electricity, no running water, you really feel far from everyting, in a different time.

  • A church between the sand dunes

    About half an hour by car from Timimoun there is a Catholic church, right between the sand dunes, with a few palm-trees scattered around. Nothing else around but sand.The church itself anyway is well kept (also inside), but its location is really amazing.

  • Meet people at a well

    Most of our trip through Algeria was off the beaten path, since we crossed the Sahara from south to north.Meeting people at a well or a waterhole was a very special moment! I have the fondest memories of this!!!

  • Guelta of Essendilene- Nature under...

    From Essendilene there's a rute of aproximately an hour walking that brings you to one magnific place. There's a guelta with a big variety of plants and insects.

  • Like the Silence in front of...

    Like the Silence in front of which my thoughts retire into themself without reach it.

  • Tafassasset Wadi once was a...

    Tafassasset Wadi once was a big river reaching the depression of the Ciad lake and today is a large track whose run gets lost in the sands of Teneré. The view fades in the infinite where earth and sky to mingle in the horizon.Look my slides

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