• FAQ/Practical info

Here you can find some practical information on our trips. If you have any further questions or require further information, please feel free to contact us. 

  • Hiking tour: hikes of an average of 5 hours a day. Are supported by a guide, camel or mule drivers and cooks. Luggage, camping gear, water supplies etc. are transported by camels or mules. You only carry a small backpack with personal stuff you need for the day. We serve breakfast, picnics for lunch and hot meals in the evenings. Please note that you do not have to carry your lunch.
  • Meharee: each participant has a camel at his disposal and actually rides the camel. There will be opportunities for the participant to walk instead of riding the camel. Don't be afraid of riding a camel, these camels are perfectly trained for long walks/hikes in the desert. Your luggage will be transported by other camels. We serve breakfast, picnics for lunch and hot meals in the evenings. Please note that you do not have to carry your lunch.
  • 4WD tours: are supported by local guides, drivers and cooks. You take beautiful walks during the day of an average of 2 to 3 hours max. We serve breakfast, picnics for lunch and hot meals in the evenings. 
  • MTB tours: are supported by 4WD vehicles. Luggage, kitchen, food, water, tents, equipment, etc.. are transported by the vehicles. Assistance of a guide, driver and cook. The mountainbikes, helmets and repair material are to be provided by the participant. A small rucksack might come in handy.
Sometimes special circumstances of force majeure such as weather conditions or provisions imposed by local authorities, may force us to make changes to the programme or itinerary. 

Physical state: The Algerian Sahara is of an unimaginable beauty and will undoubtedly leave you with beautiful memories. However the tours are not always suitable for travelers in poor physical condition or for those seeking comfort. Overall, our trips do not require a particular physical ability, but it is essential however that you are in good health. 


The majority of our tours take place in somewhat primitive and less hygienic conditions. A more or less adventurous spirit, a little flexibility and especially a nomadic spirit are indispensable to discover the Sahara and its people.  The lack of hygiene will largely be compensated by an incomparable hospitality, an impressive nature and a thousands year old culture.

Food plays an important factor in the success of your trip. All our food is prepared by the cook who accompanies you and who is always concerned about the quality and hygiene (as much as possible because we do not dispose of a "real" kitchen). During the trip, breakfast, lunch (mixed salad) and dinner (hot meal) will be served daily around a campfire. Drinking water (bottles of mineral water) will be available to everyone.

Accommodation: almost all nights are spent in the desert, in well-selected sites, sheltered from the wind. It is up to you to either sleep under the stars or set up a tent. We provide foam mattresses and blankets - one mattress and one blanket per participant (as needed). Some of our trips begin and end with an overnight stay in a campsite where you can take a shower. 


No matter which trip you choose, you will always have the opportunity to take a quick shower at the end of the trip.The bivouac is always set up before sunset.

During some of our trips you will be able to take a "mini shower"  either at watering points or using the water transported in jerrycans.


Sometimes camels and mules take a different route than the one set out for you for the day and you will not meet them until lunchtime and in the evening at the bivouac.

Our prices guarantee a smooth execution of your trip and there are no extra charges involved. Our prices also ensure a correct compensation/remuneration of our drivers, guides, cooks, mule/camel drivers.


As our rates depend on multiple factors(number of people, length of stay, type of tour, means of transport, ...), we kindly ask you to contact us for the exact rate.


The following services are included in the price:

 

  •  Pickup at the airport and other transfers - return to airport.
  •  Camels or mules, 4WD vehicles (and fuel).
  •  Accommodation on arrival and departure (depending on the type of tour).
  •  During the tour: bivouac (foam mattresses, blankets).
  •  Full board throughout the tour (breakfast, breaks, lunch and dinner).

 

The following services are not included in the price:

 

  • Liability and repatriation insurance,
  • Trip cancellation insurance or interruption of the trip,
  • Airline tickets,
  • Tips for the team accompanying the participant. Are not mandatory and vary according to the level of satisfaction of the services provided. However, tips are highly appreciated by the team,
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs,
  • We ask a small fee for the use of tents.

 

You can customize your stay by asking a "tailor-made" programme. Please, contact  us by describing your wishes.

The nature of the desert is often dry and arid. Therefore deterioration of waste is much slower than in other wet areas. 


We would be grateful if you would respect the following recommendations: 

 

  • Do not leave anything behind. Take the trouble to bring plastic bags to collect your personal trash/waste (wipes, tissues, batteries, etc...).
  • Do not contaminate water of wells and springs.
  • Burn toilet paper (also cigarette butts ...) because it can stay there for years and it is not respectful to locals and other tourists who come after you.
  • Be careful not to trample on archaeological surfaces.

  • Avoid to collect archaeological objects such as parts of pottery, etc...

  • Respect rock pantings/engravings by not touching them or trampling on them or using a flash when taking pictures.

  • Make sure not to damage the natural habitat of wildlife.

  • Respect the habits and customs of the locals by respecting the dress code near camps, villages and towns.

  • Ask permission before photographing anyone.

  

A few tips: 

 

  • If you want to help collect wood for the fire, please only collect dead wood.
  • Never drink water from gueltas. Please note that gueltas are not pools but water reserves for the Tuareg and animals.
  • If you want to give candy, pens, balloons ... to children, we advise you to give them to your guide.

  • The Tassili Hoggar, the Hoggar and n'Ajjer are national parks, and are highly protected. Do not take any stones or sand (confiscated by customs). Customs also do not appreciate binoculars and other GPS - avoid bringing them especially if you have connecting flights in Algiers.

  
All the inhabitants of the desert will be very grateful to you.

The best season to travel to the Algerian desert is from October to late April. At the end of April, temperatures begin to rise gradually. In summer the climate is hot. In winter you should bring some warm clothing and a warm sleeping bag because the nights can be chilly compared to the pleasant temperatures during daytime. 

Tamanrasset 25 Aug. 2018 32 °C
Wind: 28.97 km/h
Humidity: 23% Pressure: 29156.82 mb
Sunrise: 6:18 am Sunset: 7:01 pm
Sat 33 °C 24 °C
Sun 31 °C 22 °C
Mon 31 °C 21 °C
Tue 32 °C 21 °C
Wed 34 °C 23 °C
Thu 33 °C 22 °C
Fri 32 °C 23 °C
Djanet 25 Aug. 2018 34 °C
Wind: 40.23 km/h
Humidity: 20% Pressure: 30105.01 mb
Sunrise: 6:01 am Sunset: 6:47 pm
Sat 35 °C 26 °C
Sun 33 °C 25 °C
Mon 35 °C 24 °C
Tue 36 °C 26 °C
Wed 35 °C 26 °C
Thu 33 °C 26 °C
Fri 33 °C 25 °C

Anyone coming from abroad should have a valid passport. All European citizens require a visa. 

For other nationalities please inquire about the visa formalities before you leave. If a visa is required, it must be applied for in advance at an embassy or a consulate. If there is none in your country, you have to contact the nearest regional Algerian diplomatic mission.

Enquire about the documents you need to apply for the visa. 


Currency: Algerian dinar (DZD). There is no need to change money. If you want to buy souvenirs you can pay in EURO, GBP, USD,... The languages ​​spoken in South Algeria are Arabic, (official language), Tamazight and French. 

HEALTH

 

Always consume bottled water. If you are going for a trek your pharmacy can provide water purification tablets to put in your bottles. At the majority of our trips, bottled water (mineral water) will be transported and you will not need any purification tablets. You will only need to take a few dietary precautions to deal with small intestinal problems (if any at all). Please do not forget to take your personal medication and a small basic pharmacy kit. 

 

Vaccines: No vaccinations are required. There is no risk of malaria and preventive measures are not necessary. However, we advise you to consult your doctor or tropical medical institute to find out if it is preferable to be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, cholera, tetanus and typhoid. This is just a precaution because these diseases are relatively uncommon. If you consider to be vaccinated, please schedule your vaccinations several weeks before departure.

Below are some tips about gear and clothing to pack for your trip. We recommend avoiding suitcases that are difficult to transport on camels or mules. It is best to pack a backpack or soft (no hard cases) travel bag. In the desert you do not need a large wardrobe because you do not sweat a lot.


What to pack:

 

  • Sleeping bag (we will provide blankets if needed).
  • Warm clothing for evenings and winter nights (pleasant temperatures during the day), possibly an anorak.Rain poncho (just in case).
  • Light clothing during the day and preferably long sleeves and trousers to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Chech or hat to protect your face against wind and sun.
  • Swiss Army knife is always very useful.
  • Light sports shoes (avoid wearing shoes that are too heavy) and / or sandals (are pleasant to walk in the sand, although not fine when crossing areas covered with thorns of the acacia ...).
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication and small basic pharmacy kit
  • Small backpack for the day
  • Water flask (minimum 1 liter)
  • Flashlight (headlamp is always handy) and batteries or lamp on solar energy
  • Lighter (to burn toilet paper)
  • Thick, moistened wipes
  • Toiletry bag
  • Biodegradable soap and shampoo
  • Camera
  • Notebook (to record your impressions)
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Some biodegradable soap powder (if you want to wash clothes)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Books, ...


This is a non-limitative list.

 

If you want to get rid of clothing that does not fit well or has hardly been worn, you can pack them in your bag and give them to the guide, who will distribute them. He will gladly accept them.

 

Be sure to adapt your clothing style to the places you go: necklines, short dresses and skirts can be worn in a seaside hotel, but certainly not in conservative villages.