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Established in 1978, Timbeur Voyages provides visitors the opportunity to experience the serene beauty of the Algerian Sahara. They offer several tour packages that can accommodate everyone comfortably, and you can choose options such as going forward hiking, riding on camels, or even tours using 4x4 vehicles. See what they have to offer and read up on what you need to know.
La Route du Sahara specializes in desert tours that are adventure-filled-yet-comfortable in the beautiful Saharan desert. Pick from one of their themed tours or create your own, and choose if you want to go by hiking, on camel, or via 4x4 vehicles. Additionally, you can also find links to books and resources on the local culture, music, history, and more. You can also find La Route du Sahara on Twitter and YouTube.
The Tamanrasset-based Assikel Art & Tourism is a tourist agency that offers a wide variety of accessible and customizable tours and trips into the Saharan desert. Go by hiking, on camel, or via 4x4, or go for a more sports-tinged tour via motorbikes, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Assikel also offers more culture-themed packages such as archeology, Tuareg music, African Sahara gastronomy, and more.
The Algiers-based Amina Travel Services offers a variety of customizable Algeria and Algerian Sahara tour packages for both individuals and groups. Discover more of what they have to offer, take in the local history and culture, and experience the beauty of the Saharan desert. You can also get in touch with Amina Travel Services via Facebook.
Established at the turn of the century, the Batna-based Ghoufi Tours offers and organizes a variety of tours for both small and large groups in a variety of themes and settings. Visit archeological sites and historical places, relax in spas and beaches, or take part in cultural events and sporting activities. Ghoufi Tours can also be found on Facebook.
Read about the experience of going deep into the desert and visiting the Ennedi in this feature-length post from the RFI.
Kader Bentounès writes about the exhibit of Mourad Foughali's series of paintings, organized by l’Etablissement Arts et culture de la wilaya d’Alger (Institute of Arts and Culture of the Wilaya of Algiers).
Easy Voyage's Jessica Mastroyannacos shows you where in the world you can watch and experience the most breathtaking sunsets ever.
Algérie Focus features a video by nature lover and extreme sports enthusiast Sammy B. which shows the Saharan desert in a way you've never seen before.
Academics and archeologists come together to stress the importance of coordinating efforts to further map, preserve, and study the cultural treasures and historical sites of Algeria.
When most of us think “Saharan Desert”, our minds usually conjure up images of sand dunes, camels, and essentially anything that's sandy brown and can tolerate the blistering sun and heat. It's a desert, right? True, and while the Sahara certainly has elements of the stereotype, it's much more than just the combination of simplistic, almost caricaturish elements of what people imagine all deserts might be – the Sahara is actually a bit more interesting than we might give it credit for.
So that being said, let's take a look at five interesting facts about the Sahara Desert that you may not have known:
The Sahara Desert covers nearly the entirety of Northern Africa. Its 9 million square kilometers of land currently extends to 11 countries: Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Western Sahara, and Tunisia.
While the Saharan desert does indeed have sand and dunes as you would imagine a desert might have, most of the Sahara actually consists of rocky hamada – largely barren, hard, and rocky landscape with very little sand – with sand dune seas forming only a minor part of it; in fact, only about 30% of the Sahara's soil is sand.
Dinosaurs aside, there were animals that were common to the Sahara Desert that predated camels by quite a long time: animals such as crocodiles, cattle, giraffes, elephants, and lions – some depicted in prehistoric rock paintings – were already roaming the Sahara long before camels were introduced into the area, which was around the 3rd Century C.E.
Sure, you could place the entire continent of America in it and still have room to spare, but the Sahara is in fact not the biggest desert in the world – that distinction currently belongs to Antarctica, which is considered a polar desert.
The Sahara Desert has grown by 3.5 million miles in the last sixty years. One estimate states that the Sahara is currently growing its borders at a rate of 0.6 kilometers annually due to desertification.
There we go – while a lot of hot deserts share some common characteristics, they certainly aren't all alike, and the Sahara is certainly a lot more interesting once you take a closer look at it – just make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen with you if you do.