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4x4 Safaris. Hoggar & Tassili

This 14 day safari gets you right into the heart of the most spectacular landscape of the Sahara in Southern Algeria. Tassili n'Ajjer or the "plateau of rivers" stretches from south-eastern Algeria right into Libya and must be one of the most impressive corners on the globe. The rivers have disappeared thousands of years ago and what remains are magnificent gorges and valleys, bizarre scenery like out of another world set on a carpet of red and golden sand.

After spending a good few days in and around Djanet, exploring the ancient rock paintings and engravings in the Tadrat gorge and at T-in Tanzarift, of which the most stunning can only be accessed on foot or by donkey, you will make your way by 4x4 across open desert towards Tamanrasset, about 350 miles of sanddunes and track.

Soon, the volcanic rocks of the Hoggar mountain range will appear and via the little settlements of Ideles and Hirhafouk you will be ascending towards Assekrem with father Foucauld's Hermitage, still inhabited by a couple of monks who are celebrating mass every morning high up on 7500 feet. Close by are the highest elevations of the Sahara, Tahat and Ilamane with almost 9000 feet a truly alpine environment.

After a round trip in the Hoggar during which you will visit some genuine Touareg families and experience their hospitality, you will finally arrive in Tamanrasset, where a lively town awaits the discerning traveller. After a couple of days, your flight back home leaves right from Tam via Algiers and Paris.

Itinerary

Hoggar & Tassili
Day 1
Depart via London, Frankfurt or Paris and Algiers to Djanet on board scheduled flights, arrive Djanet late afternoon, transfer to hotel, dinner at hotel.
Day 2
Explore Djanet in the morning, the little oasis town boasts a lively souk, busy cafes and a truly African atmosphere. Lunch at the hotel, in the afternoon depart on a three day hiking (donkeys also available) excursion for T-in Tanzarift. Dinner and overnight at bivouac.
Day 3
Ascend the Tassili towards Akba and see your first rock paintings on the way, picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at bivouac.
Day 4
Further up the Tassili you are heading via Tiferas to T-in Tanzarift with some of the oldest rock engravings in the Sahara. Picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at bivouac.
Day 5
Back towards Djanet with an overnight stop halfway, picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at bivouac.
Day 6
Arrive at the hotel in Djanet in the afternoon, relax and freshen up. Picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7
4WD excursion to the gorge of Tadrat, rock paintings and magnificent rock formations are to be explored, picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at bivouac.
Day 8
Continue across sand deeper into the Tadrat gorge to the famous cathedral, a rock formation resembling a giant church. Picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at bivouac.
Day 9
Return to Djanet for an overnight stop at the hotel. Picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 10
Depart for Tamanrasset, across sanddunes and open terrain by 4x4, today you will be covering about half the distance to Tam, see the "crying cows" en route, have lunch out in the open desert and dinner by the fire in the evening, overnight at bivouac.
Day 11
Ascend the Hoggar mountains on a rough track, high up towards the refuge just underneath the Hermitage of father Focauld. Picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at the "refuge" of Assekrem.
Day 12
After a short climb up to the tiny monastery before breakfast celebrate mass with the monks, put your name in the guestbook and enjoy a fabulous sunrise on one of the highest mountains in the Sahara. Visit a Touareg family on the Hoggar Circuit before descending down towards Tamanrasset. Lunch with Touareg, dinner and overnight at hotel in Tam.
Day 13
Explore Tam on your own, absorb the atmosphere of the market, the main street with its famed eucalyptus trees and little traditional shops and cafes, individual lunch, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 14
Transfer to Tamanrasset airport in the morning for your flight home via Algiers, Paris, Frankfurt or London.
from 1,395 pps, including:
  • Internal flights at destination.
  • All transfers at destination.
  • Hotel accommodation as per itinerary.
  • Campsite fees.
  • Attended desert camps (Bivouacs).
  • Full board throughout.
  • Guided 4x4 Tour.
  • Camping gear rental.
  • All entrance fees and charges.
  • All excursions.
  • Visa fees and charges (European Citizens – others POA).
  • Emergency back up by helicopter on desert leg.
  • Comprehensive Infobook.
  • The safety of a licensed and bonded tour operator.

  • Extras::
  • Flights to destination.
  • Drinks.
  • Travel insurance.


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    Please note that all itineraries are for illustration purposes. We will adhere to them whenever possible, however this being Africa adjustments might have to be made if certain areas are temporarily closed off, weather conditions are adverse or other circumstances dictate changes.

















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