Tassili n’Ajjer is a mountain range in the southern Algerian Sahara, located on the border of Niger. It is known for its unique landscape of towering sandstone formations and rock art, which dates back thousands of years and provides important insights into the lives and cultures of ancient peoples in the region. The area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.
The name “Tassili n’Ajjer” translates to “Plateau of the Rivers” in the local Tamashek language, although the area is mostly dry with very little surface water. However, its geology reveals evidence of a once-wetter climate, with ancient river systems and abundant flora and fauna.
The rock formations of Tassili n’Ajjer have been shaped by the elements over millions of years, resulting in a unique and mesmerizing landscape. Towering sandstone cliffs, eroded canyons, and hidden valleys create a dramatic and awe-inspiring backdrop. The interplay of light and shadow throughout the day adds a mystical ambiance to the already captivating scenery. Tassili n’Ajjer offers an opportunity to connect with nature, to immerse oneself in its grandeur, and to appreciate the harmony between human creativity and the natural world.
very likely Saturday, November 11, 2023; we’re still waiting for the Paris-Djanet flights to be confirmed:
Meeting point Paris Airport – 3h before departure for Djanet
Arrival at Djanet Airport, transfer to a local 3* hotel, accommodation in single rooms with private bathroom.
three nights of camping in the desert
The Tadrart Rouge, also known as the Tadrart Acacus, is a mountain range located in the Sahara Desert in southeastern Algeria. It is a part of the larger Ahaggar Mountains system. The Tadrart Rouge is renowned for its stunning rock formations, dramatic landscapes, and prehistoric rock art.
The region is home to several ancient cultures that have left their mark in the form of rock paintings and engravings. These artworks depict various scenes of everyday life, hunting, and wildlife, providing valuable insights into the history and culture of the early inhabitants of the area.
The Tadrart Rouge is a popular destination for adventure travelers, hikers, and rock climbers who are drawn to its unique geological features and the sense of isolation it offers. Exploring the area requires careful planning and adequate provisions due to its remote location and extreme desert conditions.
The rugged beauty of the Tadrart Rouge, with its towering sandstone cliffs, deep canyons, and vast open spaces, attracts visitors seeking a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience in the Sahara Desert. It is a place of natural and cultural significance, offering a glimpse into the ancient past and the harsh yet awe-inspiring environment of the desert.
Long drive back to Djanet, overnight at our Djanet hotel
Drive to Tikobaouine & Essendilene, Jardin Rocheux d’Adrait (Stone Forest).
The Stone Forest, also known as the “Rocky Plateau,” is characterized by its unique rock formations that resemble a forest made of stone. These formations were created over millions of years through erosion, weathering, and the geological processes that shaped the region.
The Stone Forest in Tassili n’Ajjer is a popular destination for photographers, geologists, and archaeologists due to its stunning natural beauty and also historical significance. Visitors can explore the region’s rock formations, hike through the plateau, and admire the rock art. Camping.
Jardin Rocheux d’Adrait & drive back to Djanet, overnight at “our” hotel
flight to Paris/Algiers-EU/USA
We want this tour to be about You & Your photographs. Through Matjaz’s and Luka’s guidance, you’ll learn the secrets of the masters, take your photography skills to the next level and leave (y)our Tassili n’Ajjer adventure with a collection of magnificent photographs.
Luka & Matjaz will also be there for you to offer one-on-one guidance on specific skills you’d personally like to master. The best way to learn the art of photography is by taking photos. Luka & Matjaz will be by your side sharing insight and guidance as you shoot; helping you create best-possible photos as you shoot. You’ll learn the art with the award-winning masters.
When we stay at our hotel in Djanet (primarily there), you’ll have the opportunity to process and enhance your images using the best-available editing software – thus helping you find your unique personal style as an artist. Yes, you should bring your laptop as well.
If you wish to enter competitions, critique sessions are an important part of the learning process. Matjaz & Luka will offer one-on-one sessions during the tour. Having your work criticized can be frustrating at first but this is the most powerful way to improve your photographic skills.
All levels are welcome. The tour is designed to cover all aspects of image capture and post processing. We can help you optimize your equipment as well.
You should be in good general health, however there won’t be not much walking and/or trekking. Temperatures will range from 10-15 degrees Celsius at night to 20-25 during the day.
• Hat, sun block and sun glasses – there will be plenty of Saharan sunshine
• Comfortable clothing made of cotton is essential. Pack short and long sleeves, a light down jacket, wind-stopper
• Comfortable hiking boots.
• Travel and medical insurance, passport, medication
Tour dates: November 2023 (dates to be confirmed but day 1 very likely November 11, 2023)
The tour commences and ends in Djanet. Group gathering at Paris Airport – Orly or CDG
Cost: EUR 4500 per person
Minimum 5, maximum 10 participants
A non-refundable deposit of EUR 1500 is required when you book the workshop
Note on tips: gratuities for local guides, hotel staff, etc. are not included. However, if you feel that any staff has given you exceptional service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them. We emphasize that such tips should be at your own discretion and based solely on the level of your service satisfaction.
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