Bookmark and Share

Tassili N'Ajjer

Open LookLex Encyclopaedia

Open the online Arabic language course

As wild as it gets

Tassili N'Ajjer, Algeria

Tassili N'Ajjer, Algeria

The Tassili N'Ajjer is one of the more famous landscapes of Algeria, being a vast plateau, to the north of the Hoggar Mountains. Few areas of Algeria has wilder landscape than Tassili N'Ajjer, characterized by deep chasms and dramatic cliffs. This is one area where even 4WDs will have to give up.
What Tassili N'Ajjer is most famous for, are the rock paintings, that are up to 8,000 years old. A large part of these are found in the centre of Tassili N'Ajjer, a depicts a life in the region very much different from today's Sahara. The rock paints are of such a quality that they are now protected by the regulations of the Tassili National Park. This area can only be entered if you have an official guide with you, or travel with a tour group. These set out principally from Djanet. Getting a permission to enter appears to be straightforward enough.
There are a number of villages in the area of Tassili N'Ajjer, but none of these are very much interesting. In Amenas is an oil town, while Illizi seems to survive only serving the traffic going up and down into Sahara.

Tassili N'Ajjer, Algeria

Eat and Sleep
Very basic accommodation in In Amenas and Illizi, check specifically for Djanet.

One bus a week to Biskra to the north, from In Amenas, but no buses going south,- this is truly the country for having your own vehicle. You could hitchhike with a lorry, but this is slightly unreliable. If you drive, note that the road south of Illizi is terribly bad for about 100 km, before it improves. Air flights from Illizi to Algiers, Djanet and Ghardaïa.
The border post to Libya is operative, and connects Djanet to Ghat.

By Tore Kjeilen