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Soul of the Sahara

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Algeria  
Specialty Categories: Desert Expeditions  
Season: October - May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 660 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 660 Euro (EUR)

In the heart of the Sahara, an unworldly mountain range pierces the sky with its basalt pillars and jagged ridges. The Hoggar Massif contrasts sharply with the volcanic and dune landscapes we pass through on this journey taking you to the very soul of the Sahara. The view from Assekrem (2600 meters) is an overwhelming sight, as are the views of the great sand ergs of the Sahara. This is the land of the Touareg people with Djanet and Tamanrasset being at the center of their culture.

2010 Tour Dates:
- April: 11
- May: 9
- October: 17
- November: 7
- December: 5, 26.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Djanet/Erg Admer. Arriving in Djanet, we will visit this desert town situated deep in the Sahara. In the afternoon we will head for Erg Admer, the vast sea of dunes to the south of Djanet. We will cross the vast sandscapes and camp at the edge of the dunes watching how the sunlight plays on the shadows and contours of the dunes with subtle changes of color.

Day 2: Tadent. We will follow Oued Tafassasset, a wide, shallow riverbed and head for Oued Tadent which is narrower and runs between rocky hills. After visiting a small Touareg camp, and the well of Tadent we will make camp for the night.

Day 3: Tin Agoula. Passing through the low hilly landscape with rocky outcrops and small rolling sand dunes, we aim for the Tin Agoula Mountains, where we make camp for the night.

Day 4: Youfihakit. The beautiful area of Youfarlal and Youfihakit make all the driving through the oueds worthwhile! Huge rock formations and mushroom shaped boulders are all surrounded by soft, rolling sand dunes. This is a great area to explore with lots of photo opportunities. The spectacular needle shaped rocks point to the sky and can be seen from a great distance and make clear landmarks in a landscape mainly of rounded boulders.

Day 5: Tamekrest. We will follow an oued and cross a vast lunar-like landscape with piles of dark rock to arrive at the miraculous guelta (natural spring) of Tamekrest. Here in the parched desert terrain is a small waterfall that runs down the smoothed pink and purple granite. Touareg herdsman from the surrounding camps bring their goats and camels to here to drink, and above the granite rocks there is a small oasis with s lush, green vegetation.

Day 6: Assekrem. After a two-hour drive through the Hoggar Massif we will continue past Tamanrasset on to Assekrem, one of the highest peaks in the spectacular Atakor Mountains. It is a tough ride through rough and impressive terrain to get to Assekrem, where we visit the hermitage of Father Foucault, the French priest who built a chapel here in 1911. He came to the Hoggar to study Touareg culture but was killed in Tamanrasset in 1916 during a revolt against the French. Experiencing the view from the Hermitage is enough to give us the feeling we have reached the soul of the desert.

Day 7: Tamanrasset. We will return to Tamanrasset in the afternoon. Situated in the heart of the desert, Tamanrasset once played a key role in the Trans-Sahara trade between northern and sub-Sahara Africa. Even today it remains a meeting place for the Touaregs who traverse the Hoggar. Tamanrasset is a charming town full of life and character. We will have a free program with late airport transfer. End of services.

Notes:
- This tour can be extended.
- Accommodation is based on twin share. Single travelers are required to pay a single supplement.
- While camping all meals are provided. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are not provided. While we endeavor to cater for special dietary requirements we do ask clients to be realistic. The choice of food available is often limited. Please advise us at the time of booking of your special dietary needs.
- The local payment together with the tour price form the overall price of the tour. The local payment is paid in Euros cash to your tour leader on day 1 of the tour rather than being prepaid with your tour price. In some cases this is used for a specific purpose, but in most cases it is used to cover a proportion of the local operating costs.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Excludes:
- Local payment €200
- Local airport taxes
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
- Visas
- Tips to the local guides
- All personal costs.

Supplier Information
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Location: Algeria
Joined InfoHub: Jan 2010
Client Request Served: 8

M19985 is a UK based tour operator, specialising in scheduled and tailor-made holidays in North and West Africa including the Sahara Desert and the Sahel regions. We have 30 years experience of organising and operating tours throughout Africa, but now specialise in the culture, history and lanscape of this amazing...

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