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If you like desert go North from Tamanrasset, with a guide and driver and head towards Mertoutek. Camp in the desert, see Nomads, prehistoric rock art and enjoy the sunsets, silence and peace.
My trip was organised by Timgad Voyages in Batna, Algeria. They supplied me with guides, driver and everything I needed for the trip.
Updated Oct 22, 2007
People go early to bed, and wake up early. If you intend to move in the city during the night, ask your hosts where you can go or not. In a more general manner, the places close to the oueds are not safe after 8-9PM. If you don't go with a local or someone familiar with the city, you should probably keep cool at your hotel/home and drink the traditional tea with your friends, or go in a café close to the place you will go back. Usually shops and café close not later than 10:30PM. Causes for this insecurity is an uncontrolled immigration from the southern countries and some unsolved social issues in the city. In a more general view, it is easy to go and feel safe in Tam, in particular if you know someone locally, by the way, Tamanrasset is a military zone!
Updated Jan 19, 2005
Mertoutek is a permanent Tuareg village in an "oued" or oasis North of Tamanrasset.
There is a compound for tourists with a "zeriba" traditional hut and water from a tap in the compound. There are no toilets, however, and I was told to go up the hill out of sight!
The villagers are friendly and there is a national park guide based there who will take you to see the pre-historic rock art in the hills around the area.
Written Sep 7, 2007
Ever thought of running on the tracks of Hoggar? a local agency "Paysages du Sud" in association with a swiss agency based in Geneva proposes a 3 days race around Tamanrasset, the second day is a real marathon! This is a difficult race. I will put a little bit more on that soon : just the local organiser in Tamanrasset is called "Paysages du Sud".
PAYSAGES DU SUD
Centre Commercial Local N°31
(see Tel. below)
Written Jan 19, 2005
Phone: Tél : +213 029 34 40 35
Favorite thing: If you are in Tam and you are going to start a route think that you don't know when are you going to see enough water to take a shower again!
But be concerned with the quantity you use, you are in the middle of the Sahara and the Saharians need it like the air they breathe!
Written Feb 25, 2003