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Birding in Djebel Babor Nature Reserve

The ancient conifer and mixed forests of the Djebel Babor Nature Reserve located in the Djebel Babor Mountains of northern Algeria are home to a number of wildlife species, some of which are considered to be endangered, such as the Atlas deer and Barbary macaque. Birding enthusiasts will find a wide variety of bird species in the reserve, which is considered to be one of the country's top bird watching areas. Among the bird species visitors may see is the Kabylie nuthatch (Sitta ledanti), also known as the Algerian nuthatch, which has the IUCN (International Union of the Conservation of Nature) conservation status of 'endangered'. Other bird species include the great spotted woodpecker, nightjar, wood pigeon, rock dove, pied flycatcher, spotted flycatcher, jay and hawfinch.

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Visit the Oasis Town of Timimoun

With its red mud houses leaning up against one another and its palm-lined main street, Timimoun is a picturesque oasis town that lies between lush palm groves and a large salt lake on the edge of the imposing Grand Erg Occidental in south-central Algeria. In between the houses are narrow streets and alleyways, most of which are covered with large sheets of cloth for protection from the unrelenting sunshine, while the oasis palmeraie offers a lovely shaded area that is pleasant to walk through and relax in. Although the newer section of the town, some of which was built by the French, is architecturally similar to the old 'ksour', it is different enough to note that the town is divided in two parts – old and new.

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Explore Algeria's Ahaggar National Park

Covering a vast area in the Saharan Region in the south of Algeria, the Ahaggar National Park incorporates the majestic Ahaggar Mountains including the 3,003 meter high Mount Tahat. The Ahaggar Mountain range, also referred to as the Hoggar Mountains, consists primarily of volcanic rock which has been eroded by the elements over centuries to produce dramatic, jagged shapes rising up out of the desert surroundings. The park is rather remote and takes some effort to get to, but travelers who have been there tend to agree that it is worth the effort.

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Visit the Towns of Saharan Algeria

Stretching from the Atlantic Coast of North Africa to the Red Sea on the east coast, the Sahara Desert is the hottest desert in the world and is listed as the planet's third largest desert, with Antarctica and the Arctic topping the list. As the largest country in Africa, up to eighty percent of Algeria consists of desert and the towns and settlements in this arid region are well adapted to dealing with the often harsh climactic conditions, relying on oases as their water sources. Towns in this region of Algeria include Ghardaia, Timimoun, Tindouf and Touggourt.

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Explore Djebel Aïssa National Park

Declared a national park in 2003, the Djebel Aïssa National Park covers an area of around 24,400 hectares on the slopes of Mount Aïssa, rising up to a height of more than 2,320 meters above sea level, in the Naâma province of Algeria. The park is of particular importance to conservationists and researchers who study its geographical characteristics, the diversity of its flora and fauna, and the impact of climate change on the region. As the park preserves the ecosystem of the Algerian Highlands (Hauts Plateaux), on the border of Morocco, it is protected against damaging effects of pollution, uncontrolled grazing and poaching. The problems of desertification and silting are also addressed at Djebel Aïssa National Park.

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Fortified Settlements of the M'Zab Valley

The five fortified settlements of the M'zab Valley in Algeria – Ghardaïa, Bounoura, El-Atteuf, Melika and Beni-Isguen – are valued both locally and internationally for their cultural and historical significance, and as such were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1982. Referred to locally as qsur, or ksour, the five walled villages are strategically located on rocky outcrops allowing a view of the surrounding valley and are occupied primarily by followers of the Ibadhi form of Islam.

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Visit Algeria's Best Birding Spots

While Algeria has only one endemic bird within its borders – the Algerian Nuthatch Sitta ledanti - it has an abundance of birdlife with up to thirty-one sites of being identified as Important Bird Areas (IBA). Also known as the Kabylie Nuthatch, the Algerian Nuthatch is found only on the forested slopes of the Petite Kabylie mountain range in Algeria's Atlas Tell region, over 1,000m above sea level.

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Explore Algeria's Théniet El Had National Park

Located in Algeria's Tissemsilt Province, with the highest peak of the Ouarsenis Mountains as a backdrop, the Théniet El Had National Park is a popular destination with both local and visiting hiking enthusiasts. Boasting several forests and a wide variety of vegetation and habitats, the park is home to seventeen species of mammals, nine of which are considered to be protected, as well as almost a hundred species of birds, more than three hundred species of insects, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians. In addition to the leisure aspect, Théniet El Had National Park serves as a research area, with the focus being on sustainable development, maintaining the park's biodiversity and monitoring the ecological balance of the park.

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