Algeria

Algeria, in North Africa, may be the largest country in Africa and close to Europe, but it is still very much unknown to almost everyone. Most of Algeria is the Sahara, the land of the Tuaregs and Berbers - in all its forms, from vast red sand dunes to rugged rock formations, mountain ranges and oases of hundreds of thousands of palm trees. On the other hand, on the country's northern coast, the traveller will be surprised by the picturesque metropolises: Oran, Constantine, Algiers. And wonders why no one has discovered Algeria yet.

See our travel suggestions below and contact us if you are interested or need more information about travel in Algeria. It is also easy to combine a trip to Algeria with a visit to Tunisia and Niger.

Kameli Travel organises tours to Algeria – whether you want to spend just a long weekend in the capital Algiers, spend a week touring the north of the country and then head south for another week. There, the Sahara desert awaits you. The centre of Algerian desert tourism, Djanet, and also Tamanrasset, offer everything from towering dunes to soaring mountain peaks, ancient rock formations and a fair number of camels. With Tuareg guides you will experience what it is a true Saharan hospitality. If you travel in summer, you will also experience what the heat is like! The red oasis of Timimoun in the centre of the country and the dreamy little oases and ancient fortresses in the surrounding area are also a sight to behold.

We can arrange an expert guide for you or your group, transport services and book your preferred level of accommodation.

Contact us if you're interested, need more information about travelling in Algeria or already know where you'd like to go in Algeria. Or let us know the date and let us make a suggestion.

Tour suggestions

Tadrart Rouge, 7 days

Day 1 | Arrival in Djanet and journey to the desert. Or first night in a hotel.
Days 2–5 | Tadrart Rouge
Days 6–7 | Essendilene canyon, Tikobaouen stone labyrinth and return to Djanet.

Essendilene & Ihrir, 7 days

Day 1 | Arrival in Djanet and journey to the desert. Or first night in a hotel.
Days 2–6 | We see the Tikobaouen stone labyrinth, Essendilene canyon, Ihrir oasis and many other places.
Day 7 | Return to Djanet.

Plateau of Tassili n'Ajjer by walk, 7 days

Day 1 | Arrival in Djanet and journey to the desert. Or first night in a hotel.
Days 2-6 | We will see the Tekbal-Ounfas Pass, Titeras n'Elias, Sefar, Tamrit and numerous other places. And especially the rock paintings!
Day 7 | Return to Djanet.

Algeria is the largest country in Africa by area (2 381 741 km²). The country has a population of around 46 million, roughly all of whom are Muslims, and its capital, Algiers, is located on the Mediterranean coast in the north of the country. Algeria gained independence from French rule in 1962 and, as a colonial legacy, French is spoken in the country while Arabic is still the official language. English is poorly spoken outside Algiers. Algeria's economy relies solely on its vast oil and gas reserves. Tourism is still limited, but is on the increase.

Climate: Algeria's climate varies widely. The northern coast has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, rainy winters and warm, dry summers. In the capital Algiers, July temperatures reach around 28°C, while in January daytime temperatures can be as low as 10°C. The mountainous north of Algeria prevents the Mediterranean climate from penetrating deeper into the south, making the Sahara's weather conditions very different from those on the north coast. Not only is rainfall sporadic, but temperature differences are much more extreme: in winter, temperatures can drop to below freezing, while in summer it can reach 40 to 50°C during the day. The best time to visit the Sahara is in winter, when daytime temperatures hover around 20−30°C.

Security: Algeria is a safe country to visit, but avoid large crowds and protests. The authorities are numerous, and they are visible throughout the country. Certain areas, particularly in the south of the country, require the presence of a travel agent and in some cases a police escort to maximise security.

Visa: With the exception of some African nationalities, visas are required for everyone. The most convenient way to obtain it is on arrival at the airport in Algiers, but here the requirement is that the tourist spends most of his time in the Sahara and at least part of it on an organised trip. The visa on arrival is issued for the duration of the stay and is free of charge at Algiers airport (as at January 2024). If you do not intend to visit the Sahara, you will receive a letter of invitation from us, against which the Algerian Embassy will issue you with a traditional tourist visa. This sometimes requires a personal visit to the embassy. Please note that visa policies and prices are subject to change without notice. The passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival.

Currency: Algeria uses the Dinar (DZD) as its currency. It is not possible to exchange the currency outside Algeria, so you should take euro banknotes with you and exchange them at the destination. Foreign bank cards are mostly not valid in Algeria, and you cannot withdraw money from ATMs with foreign cards.

Vaccinations and malaria: No vaccinations are required in the country, but please ensure that your basic vaccinations are up to date.

Travel insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended.

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