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  • Sights

    Grand Erg Occidental

    The Sahara Desert region of Algeria is home to many small villages, breathtaking oasis and fascinating sand dunes, but it is also in this desolate landscape, where endless desert regions are found. Where there are no signs of life for miles; and where all that lies before you is an ocean of sand and its varied shapes and color. These seemingly lifeless stretches of sand are called ergs, and ...

  • Saharan Atlas

    Bou Saada

    Situated to the north east of the Saharan Atlas region in Algeria somewhere between the Atlas Mountains and the Hodna depression and salt lake, lies the city and oasis of Bou Saada. The town is - and always has been - a pilgrimage town. It is a place where visitors can rest their weary bodies and minds after days spent in the tough dessert surrounds. Roughly translated, "Bou" means father ...

  • Saharan Algeria

    Tindouf

    Tindouf is a city in the western part of Saharan-Algeria with a population of about 30,000 residents. It was built in 1852 by members of the Sahrawi Tajakant tribe, near an isolated Saharan oasis, but got sacked and destroyed by Reguibat Sahrawis in 1895. Tindouf remained abandoned until 1934, which was when the French troops arrived in the area. Since Algeria's independence in 1962 the ...

  • Saharan Algeria

    Timimoun

    Most people have never even heard of Timimoun, a small town in the Sahara desert. However, those that have heard of it will likely agree that is a great place to visit. Timimoun is situated in the middle of the Gourrara region, which is a part of the Grand Erg Occidental. This is one of the most uninhabitable parts of the Sahara due to the incredibly high sand dunes that shift restlessly day ...

  • Saharan Algeria

    Touggourt

    The large city of Touggourt is situated in north-eastern Algeria in the Wadi Igharghar Valley. With a population of roughly 300,000 people, this is one of the biggest cities to be found in the Sahara. Built around an oasis, Touggourt's economy is based mainly on agriculture with dates being one of their biggest exports. Cereals, vegetables, carpets and cloth also play a large role in the ...