Two-week camel trek, Algerian Sahara
£1695 + flight to Algiers + visa
Departs Algiers Sun 29th Dec 2019 – Returns Sat Jan 11
For the New Year of 2020 I’m planning a 12-day camel trek in the Algerian Sahara with an agency in Djanet whom I’ve used before. Unlike Tamanrasset in the west, much of the huge Illizi wilaya (‘province’; left) is open to tourism despite it lying right along the Libyan and Niger borders. It includes the world-famous Tassili N’Ajjer plateau (accessible only by mule) where you’ll find the richest trove of pre-historic rock art on earth and which we visited in 2013. Things change, but currently the plateau above Djanet (map right) is closed, but if possible we may try and end the trek at Jabbaren and make the climb up on to the plateau rim (below) for a day to inspect the rock art there.
It’s my hope to offer a more scenic and satisfyingly remote trek than the two-week tour I took in March 2018 in the Mauritania. One that where possible, avoids well-used car tracks and minimises the chance of even seeing or hearing a vehicle. But, this is the middle the season in the only corner of the Algerian Sahara which gets any tourism, so total isolation for the duration of our tour is unlikely.
These days there are no direct flights to Djanet from abroad, but the good thing is Air Algerie planes leave Algiers in the late evening and head back to Algiers in the middle of the night. This means that wherever you’re coming from in the world, getting to the rendezvous in Algiers by around 18.00 on day 1 should be easy. And on the last day you’ll be back in Algiers before dawn, so will have the whole day to catch a plane back home. No days are wasted overnighting in Algiers, as we had to do both ways in January 2018.
Remember: with camels you walk, they carry loads. You don’t ride (unless lame).