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Algeria , the largest country in Northern Africa has the most stunning desert scenery in the whole Sahara . The views in the south of the country can only be described as spectacular. Bizzare rock formations are surrounded by golden red sand and the imagination stretches to new heights once confronted with this magnificent and unique landscape. The rock carvings in the Tassili n'Ajir are amongst the oldest pre-historic art in the world - they can only be accessed by 4x4 and we will venture deep into the Tadrat Gorge on our safari to see some of the most stunning examples.

In the Hoggar mountains we find some of the highest mountains in the Sahara and high up on 9000 feet on the Assekrem summit, the monks are celebrating mass every morning in their tiny monastery. Father Foucaulds refuge nowadays welcomes travelers from all over the world in this unreal alpine environemt and the little settlements of Ideles and Hirhafok on the way to the Assekrem mainly see voyagers passing by. You, however will stop to have a cup of tea with a Touareg family after the demanding crossing from Djanet towards the Hoggar mountains.

On this safari we find hardly any infrastructure in regard of hotels or good restaurants, this trip is certainly not for the faint hearted. The ones who dare to venture into Southern Algeria will be rewarded with unforgettable desert scenery and spectacular drives across the dunes and the mountains. The southernmost point of our safari is Tamanrasset, the elusive desert town on the crossroads of trade routes from central Africa .


Algerian Sahara
Day 1
After your Channel Crossing, make you way across France to meet up with the group for dinner in Orange , just north of Marseille.
Day 2
Ferry crossing Marseille - Tunis on board MS Mediterranee or MS Carthage with first class en-suite cabins, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 3
Arrive Tunis late morning and head south to Kairouan for an overnight stop at the fabulous hotel La Kasbah - a converted medieval jail. Take a look at the lively old town with its markets and traders. Lunch en route, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4
Drive south to the Algerian Border at Hazoua, meet our local guide who will help with the formalities and be welcomed at his home after we have crossed the border for a traditional dinner at his house. Lunch en route, overnight at our hosts house or camping on the thrashing plot.
Day 5
Stock up with fuel and water before we set off to the crossing of the Great Eastern Erg on the old French track across the dunes. Here you can fine tune your driving skills on sand and enjoy the open desert with it's mystical spirit. Picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at bivouac.
Head straight south across one of the largest sand seas in the Sahara . Occassionally we will encounter Nomad families minding their herds or attending their simple camps. You will pass a couple of wells on our way where you can re-plenish your supplies. During three days of spectacular dune driving we will cover a distance of about 250 miles. Picnic lunches, dinner and overnight at bivouac.
Day 9
Further south and back on blacktop today we'll get as far as Tamandanet or In Amenas, en route we find filling stations - you'll be running low on fuel by now. Picnic lunch en route, dinner and overnight at bivouac.
Day 10
Reach Illizi today where we spend the night on a serviced campsite. If we are lucky, hot showers are available if not, we have the opportunity to take a bath the following day at a hot source just south of Illizi. Picnic lunch en route, dinner and overnight at campsite.
Day 11
Venture into the Djared Valley today for an excursion to see some of the fabulous pre-historic rock carvings, unique to this part of the world. Conditions permitting, you will be heading east towards Fort Tarat across difficult track. Picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at bivouac.
Day 12
Via Fort Tarat and across a spectacular unsurfaced mountain pass you head south again towards Djanet. Picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at bivouac.
Day 13
Everything going well you shall arrive in Djanet today, the lively oasis and caitol of the Tassili n'Ajir. Here in Djanet we check into one of the few hotels in Southern Algeria from where we organise our excursion into the Tadrat Gorge. Picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 14
Rest from the challenging drive of the last two weeks and give your vehicle a good check. Take a stroll around town with its traditional market or sit in a café and watch the world go by in this remote part of the Sahara . Fill up your tanks with water and fuel. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
An exciting excursion lies ahead, accompanied by a local Touareg guide you will explore the fascinating Tadrat Gorge with its thousands of rock carvings, paintings and bizarre rock formations, the drive will be across track and sand for the next three days. Picnic lunches, dinner and overnight at bivouac.
Day 17
After a visit to the "crying cows" we will be joined by a different guide - he is familiar with the demanding passage from Djanet to Tamanrasset. Across the dunes of the Erg Admer we are heading towards the Hoggar mountain range. Picnic lunches, dinner and overnight at bivouac.
Ascend slowly towards the Assekrem summit on a challenging track, part of which will be washed away. Careful navigation is required and low gears will be needed on some of the steep uphill sections. Inclines of up to 25% will have to mastered but eventually you will reach the "refuge" just below the summit of Assekrem high up on 9000 feet. Picnic lunches, dinner and overnight at bivouac / refuge.
Day 20
Check out the tiny monastery on the summit, where two monks are celebrating mass every morning before sunrise. Put your name down in the guestbook and enjoy the spectacular sunrise on top of one of the highest mountains in the Sahara . Later in the morning we make our descent to Tamanrasset, the elusive town on the crossroads of ancient trade routes. In the afternoon we will check in at the serviced campsite in Tam where facilities are available. Picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day 21
Relax in Tamanrasset - take it easy or have a look around town with its Tamarisk lined boulevard the centre of all commercial activities in Southern Algeria . Individual lunch, dinner and overnight at campsite.
Head back north on blacktop. The roads are good and you can cover quite some distance with a day's driving. You can check out the spectacular Arak Gorge on our way north via In Salah, El Golea, Ouargla, Toggourt and El Oued before we eventually cross the border to Tunisia to spend our last night in the open desert in the sand dunes near Nefta. Picnic lunches, dinner and overnights at bivouacs.
Day 26
Further north towards Kairouan and back to the hotel La Kasbah. It won't take you too long to get used to the luxuries of civilization again and in the afternoon you'll have plenty of time to shop for some souvenirs or oriental spices in the markets, get the vehicle serviced and maybe go for shave at the barber. Lunch en route, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 27
Say goodbye to Northern Africa when you check in at the port of La Goulette late morning for you ferry crossing back to Marseille. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
Day 28
Arrive in Marseille and make your way back to the UK.

from £ 1,795 pps, including:

  • Channel crossing (Short Route) with flexible return.
  • Mediterranean crossing with first class en suite cabin.
  • Full board ex and to Marseille.
  • Hotel accommodation as per itinerary.
  • Campsite fees.
  • All entrance fees, taxes and charges.
  • Visa fees and charges.
  • Carnet and Algerian Insurance for standard 4x4 <3,5 t.
  • Guided tour with support and recovery vehicle.
  • Breakdown assistance in North Africa.
  • Comprehensive Infobook.
  • European Tour Leader Marseille-Marseille.
  • Local guides Tunis-Tunis.
  • Safety of a licensed and bonded Tour Operator.

  • Extras::
  • Fuel and Roadtolls.
  • 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.

      The Great Eastern Erg