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Is solo travelling in the desert prohibited?
Posted February 26th, 2013 - 11:27 am by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Hello Everybody,

As I was trying to set an itenary for my Algeria holiday in April 2013... I came across this warning on Lonely Planet:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/algeria/practical-information/health
It says: "Driving alone is prohibited since 2003 and people have to travel in groups."

As a solo traveller I was intending to go Guerara, Ghardaia, Timimoun, Tamanrasset, etc... by public buses.
So, my question is: Do I -as a foreigner- have to belong to a tourist group or is just being solo in the bus with other locals is enough to satify the law of being in a group?

I will be devistated if I can not travel solo in the Sahara :(

Merci boku ;)


PS: I posted the same on FB as well.

Posted February 26th, 2013 - 12:10 pm by from London, England (Permalink)
Ahmet selamlar..

Yalnız dolasabilirsin o kadar strict bir kural yok. fakat cezayire yalnız gelip ozellikle sahraya inmek istiyorsan cok onermem. Cezayir, turist gezginler icin cok buyuk bir hayal kırıklıgı ile sonuclanabilir. FAS yada TUNUS u tercih et derim.

Posted February 26th, 2013 - 4:16 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Teşekkürler Burak,

Cezayir'i seçmemin nedeni orada CS'den birilerini tanıyorum.
Ikisi zaten geçen yaz bende kalmışlardı...özellikle Guerrara'dan olan süper bir adamdı... saygılı, görgülü, sessiz-sakin vs.vs. valla akşam eve eli hiç boş dönmezdi; soğan-patates, peynir-ekmek... ışıkları ben yakmadan o yakmazdı falan...
Ben aslında geçen sene geliyordum... bana "certificat d'hebergement" yolladı hemen daha sormadan... fakat aksilik gelemedim.

Adamın büyücek bir ailesi var... ve samimiyetine de güvendiğim için ilginç olur diye düşündüm... ve "Artık ne çıkarsa bahtıma" dedim anlıcan :)

Burak, bi de....kredi kartı kullanımı orada pek yaygın değildir diye düşünüyorum... ama tren, otobüs şirketleri, büyük süpermarketler vb yerlerde nasıl?

Bu arada, Orada yaşıyor ve Istanbul'dan taşıması kolay istediğin birşey varsa haber ver... sadece tek bir orta boy sırt çantası ile gelmeyi düşünüyorum da :)


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Posted February 27th, 2013 - 8:07 am by from London, England (Permalink)
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Posted February 26th, 2013 - 12:11 pm by from Blida, Algeria (Permalink)
Do not believe theses sites, they know nothing about Algeria. It's written in your site "The northern part of the country is still unsafe and travel to this area is not advised" which is not true. It's as safe as any normal country in the world.
And about travelling alone to the sahara, driving a car or taking the bus, I dont think there's a law prohibiting this practice.

Good luck bro

Posted February 26th, 2013 - 4:26 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Hey Mounir,

Yes, I was bit surprised about The North being unsafe, too... I would have imagined the other way round :)

But anyway, I am glad to hear both from you and Burak that it is quite alright travelling around in Algeria.

Thank you for your respond.


Posted February 27th, 2013 - 12:45 pm by from Banff, Canada (Permalink)
Hi,

Just back from 3 weeks in Algeria. You can travel without any problem throught Algeria. In the south you've got more security and some sites are closes like Djanet. Me and my friend we were escorted in our trip in the desert at Timimoun and also when we arrived at Tamamrasset by plane but otherwise everything is fine.

From Tamamrasset we took busses and stopped at Adrar, Timimoun, Ghardhaia, Djelfa and Alger. Algeria is great. Algerians are funny, generous and very kind.

Have a very good trip

Posted February 27th, 2013 - 4:06 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)

That's more good news for me Irene... thank you very much ;)

I can imagine what you say about the Algerians as I have hosted and met several people from Algeria last year in Istanbul... and that's why I am going there for three weeks.

I'm sure I will go back home with fond memories


Posted February 27th, 2013 - 4:19 pm by from Banff, Canada (Permalink)
Yes I am sure that you will have fun. At Timimoun if you need a guide ask for Djamal Selka. He is cool and the best... there is his phone number: (213) 555 799 427 If you tell him what you want he will find it. his email is
djamalselka@yahoo.fr

Have fun

Irene

Posted February 27th, 2013 - 4:36 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Oh! that's also very valuable piece of info... thanks ;)

I have been told that English was not that useful to get by in Algeria and I should learn - atleast- some French... which I am doing these days ;)