Algeria: The Tassili n’Ajjer, a window to the Sahara and its history


 

Larger than Australia with its 8 million square kilometres, the Sahara has not always been the biggest hot desert on the planet. About 15,000 years ago, it was a green period brought about by a warming phase that had intensified evaporations from the top of the ocean and pushed the monsoons into the heart of the North African continent. The arid landscapes that we know today were then covered by large lakes and rich vegetation. Elephants were living there, as well as hippos, crocodiles and humans too. Those ones, as to immortalize this full of life period, have drawn paintings and engravings cut out of rock. These testimonies of the past are omnipresent in Tassili n’Ajjer. Indeed, this Sahara’s fragment is located in south-eastern Algeria and offers the vision of over 15,000 engravings to the brave who dare adventuring themselves into there. Over the sand dunes and rocky peaks, the traveller will discovers, in the same time as breathtaking landscapes, a touching testimony of the past.

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Tea time for the Tuaregs of the algerian sahara desert

Tea

Tea time for the Touaregs of the algerian sahara desert

The preparation of tea is a ritual of extreme refinement among the Tuaregs. Using the same leaves, three consecutive tea are prepared. The flavors of each tea evolve infusion after infusion.
A Tuareg saying says: “The first is bitter like life; the second is sweet like love; and the third is gentle like the breath of death.”.

Morocco: Erg Chebbi, the Merzouga’s dunes


 
Erg Chebbi (Arabic: عرق الشبي‎) is one of Morocco’s two Saharan ergs – large seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand.
This Erg is also knowed as “The Merzougas Dunes” beccause the proximity of Merzouga village.
The dunes of Erg Chebbi reach a height of up to 150 meters in places and altogether spans an area of 50 kilometers from north to south and up to 5–10 kilometers from east to west lining the Algerian border.
 

The Merzouga’s dunes

 

Vegetation

 

Detail

 

Sunset over the dunes

 

Walking the dunes

 

Dunes

 

Panoramic view of the dunes

 

Detail