Game and Nature Reserves

The Sahara Desert Just outside of Oran, the Sahara desert is an exotic attraction for tourists to ride horses or camels to explore. The intense gold sand stretching out for miles will be quite a sight to see. Algeria has sand seas that boast some of the largest sand dunes on earth, and the rocky landscape of the country’s southeast – the Ahaggar and Tassili mountain ranges in particular – produces some of the Sahara’s most otherworldly scenery. The ancient rock art of the latter makes it a Unesco World Heritage Site. 

The Habibas Marine Nature Reserve: Bird watching and nature enthusiasts will certainly be interested in Algeria’s Iles Habibas Marine Nature Reserve. This fascinating natural feature comprises two islands called Charguia and Gharbia. Located some 12 km from the Algerian mainland, near to the Les Andalouses headland, northwest of Oran, this marine nature reserve covers some 40 hectares, encompassing scrub vegetation such as Frankenia corymbosa, Ephedra fragilis and Withania frutescens. 

The Sebkha: Located about 15km from the city, the Great Sebkha is a salt water lake listed by Birdlife International as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA). The lake approximately measures 44km by 12km is also designated Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar), and is certainly a place for birdwatchers to visit.

 

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