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SAHARA : The Algerian Desert & Oases

The Algerian Desert The most beautiful desert of all.

The Sahara   is located in north-central Africa and is part of the Sahara Desert(The largest desert in the world).Sahara Desert Attractions are incredibly popular among tourists who want an authentic experience,Step into a world of perfect isolation; marvel at the striking natural beauty of the desert and its towering mountain peaks of Hoggar. The desert occupies more than four-fifths of the Algerian territory. Its expansion starts from the Saharan Atlas (M’sila, Biskra) , more or less as a stony desert and the farther inland you get the more of a sand dune desert it becomes. In the southwestern parts is the mountain range Tassili n’Ajjer located.

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Sahara Desert Vacation and Tourist Attractions

Marvel at the thousands of olive and date trees thriving in the Algerian Sahara .bringing you the most vivid experiences imaginable, from ancient cities, tombs; temples and shrines, to lush green oases set among dunes and canyons as old as time itself.

Riding a Camel in the Sahara

Algerian Sahara is your entry point to a world of camel rides through the desert. You have a choice of two Saharan ergs, the most popular of which is Grand Erg Oriental  which  is accessible overland by an Algerian road, which goes south from Constantine. It passes through the Aurès mountains, then salt lakes by the city of Biskra. Next the road skirts the western edge of the erg. After about 500 km. in all, it reaches the ancient oasis of Ourgla   Since late antiquity Wargla was a stop for the Saharan trade, being situated along a caravan route of several thousand kilometers, stretching from the Mediterranean to the Sahel. . Yet such dry, anciently-made river beds, lying seemingly useless beneath the desert sands, can preserve the infrequent rain water. An erg is an area of land that has enormous sand dunes with nothing else in sight.the second one is Grand Erg Occidental (near to Adrar,Timimoun ) is the second largest erg in northern Algeria.

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Adventure Vacation: The Sahara Desert

It is something of a spiritual experience in the sense that one feels the pulsing earth energy where there’s nothing but sand. It’s been a long time since I have been in the desert, but I have never forgotten.

more plentiful and temperatures are lower, so plants such as tamarix, myrtle, oleander, acacias, and palms can be found in the woodlands.

Approximately 70 different animal species live in the Sahara.Mammal species include those that can survive for an extended period without water intake, such as the fennec fox, pale fox, African wild dog, Saharan cheetah, and the dorcas gazelle.The addax, a species of white antelope, is known to survive for as long as a year without drinking water.Several species of lizards, snakes, and scorpions also live in the desert.

There are even desert crocodiles in parts of Mauritania and Chad.Saharan birds include the African silverbill and the black-throated Firefinch.

The Berbers still inhabit much of the Sahara, and the only domesticated animals seen in the desert are camels and goats.

Climate and Temperature in Sahara: Desert weather

The hot, dry climate of the Sahara is especially harsh.In 1922, the highest temperature ever recorded was taken in Azizyah, Libya, at an astounding 136°F (57.7°C).During the hottest months of the year, temperatures regularly exceed 122°F (50°C).

The average annual temperature in the Sahara is 86°F (30°C).Because the air contains very little humidity to hold the heat in, there is a great difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures.At night, the temperature regularly falls below freezing.

In terms of rainfall, about half of the Sahara receives less than 0.79 inches (2cm) of rain a year, and the other half receives around 3.9 inches (9.9cm).

A strong wind called the Sirroco originates in the Sahara.Winds may be as strong as 62 miles per hour (100km) and are responsible for the hot and dry climate in Northern Africa.

In fact, sand storms in the Sahara can be so big that they are visible from outer space!

Some  Information About the Algerian Sahara Desert

  • Climate is hot and dry. Oasis provide water from underground springs.
  • the Sahara desert was lush and green, but that changed 5000 years ago.
  • Small animals live in the Sahara. These include rodents, carnivores, cats, antelopes, gazelles, mountain sheep, and small birds.
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