• Tassili n'Ajjer, prehistoric art

1st tour: trek or meharee


  • Period: from 9 to 12 days.
  • Level: hikes of an average of  5 to 6 hours a day.
  • Sites of rock art and engravings, large sand dunes, gorges,...
  • Accomodation: bivouac.
  • You carry a small rucksack to store personal stuff you need for the day.

Please contact us for a detailed description. We also refer to section  "type of tours".



2nd tour: 4 WD tour

 
  • Same programme as the trek/meharee.
  • Level: walks of an average of 2 hours a day.
  • Accomodation: bivouac.

Please contact us for a detailed description. We also refer to section "type of tours".


Tassili N'Ajjer - meaning plateau of the rivers - is a mountain range in south-east Algeria at the borders of Lybia and Niger, high arid plateau covered with sculptures of sandstone. Its highest point is Adrar Afao 2158 m. In 1982 Tassili n'Ajjer was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Much of the range, including cypresses and archaeological sites is protected. It is a Biosphere Reserve and endangered animals such as the Barbary sheep and gazelle species have found refuge in this region. The plateau is also of great geologial and aesthetic interest: the panorama of geological formation with "rock forests" of eroded sandstone resembles a strange lunar landscape.  The rock arches and other spectacular landforms are of unimaginable beauty. Its main town is Djanet.

The range is also noted for its prehistoric rock art (in Wadi Djerat and on the Sefar plateau) and other ancient archaeological sites, dating from the Neolithic era when the local climate was less dry. 

 

 

In 1982, the Tassili was classified as world cultural heritage by the UNESCO and declared a biosphere reserve in 1986.

 

Animals threatened with extinction such as the mouflon and various types of gazelles have found their refuge here. The Tassili N'Ajjer consists of sandstone, stacked layers of mud and solidified sand. 


In this national park there are many rock paintings to be admired (especially in Oued Djerat and on the Sefar plateau), reminding us that the Sahara was once a green region. Thousands of years ago people lived here and they have left evidence of ecological and climatic changes in the form of thousands of rock paintings and engravings. The drawings show a mixture of styles ranging from primitive drawings to images of hunting men, women and children and their daily activities. On some of the rocks of the Tassili one can even find stacked drawings, confirming that there were successive eras with a changing population.