Tassili n’Ajjer

Tassili n’Ajjer, photo by magharebia
Tassili n’Ajjer (photo by magharebia)

Tassili n’Ajjer is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Sahara Desert in southeastern Algeria.

The area is made up of sandstone mountains, the erosion of which has resulted in hundreds of natural rock arches and other forms of weird geology.

Tassili n’Ajjer hosts one of the most important collections of prehistoric rock art in the world, with more than 15 000 drawings and recordings, some dating as far back as 6000 BC.

Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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   Lonely Planet
   Rough Guide


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Archeological Sites
Tassili n'Ajjer displays one of the most important collections of prehistoric rock art in the world, with more than 15 000 drawings and recordings. This art portrays climate changes, animal migrations and the evolution of human life on the edge of the Sahara from 6000 BC to the early centuries of the present era.
Tassili n'Ajjer was declared a national park in 1972 and was inscribed by UNESCO in 1982 as a World Heritage Site. In 1986, the park area was expanded from 300,000 to eight million hectares. All the Tassili Plateau and its desert environment has been established as a Biosphere Reserve.
Also of Interest:
Visual Arts
Lowland Mountains
Hiking and Trekking
Wildlife and Plants

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