The Western Desert, also known as Grand Erg Occidental or العرق الغربي الكبير‎ in Arabic, is the second largest erg (sand desert) in Algeria. It is located southeast of the Saharan Atlas mountain range, north of the Tademaït plateau and east of the Saoura river. It covers an area of 80000 km². It is partially covered by sand dunes, which reach a maximum height of 120m. The average elevation is 500m above sea level.
The photos in this gallery were taken during a one week, 2000km long loop around the Western desert starting in the north and touching Ghardaia, Timimoun, Taghit, Bechar and Ain Sefra and ending in Tlemcen. Overnight stops were made in Ghardaia, Timimoun and Bechar. Driving around the Western desert was relatively fast, because the highways were paved, mostly in good shape and plain.
How to get to the Western Desert
Desert highways (for instance the Trans-Sahara highway) allow access to the fringes of the desert. But there are no roads crossing the centre of the Western Desert.
Accommodation
There are hotels in Taghit, Bechar, Timimoun and other cities. Especially Taghit and Timimoun are tourist hotspots with plenty of accomodation. These hotels and desert camps are however to a very large extent not bookable via the international hotel booking portals.
00 Map with location of images 01 Fruit and vegetable shop in Bordj Bou Arreridj
02 Western desert near in Chott el Hodna
03 Road to Ghardaia in Chott el Hodna 04 Chott el Hodna saline lake
05 Chott el Hodna saline lake 06 Chott el Hodna saline lake 07 Chott el Hodna saline lake 08 Road across Chott el Hodna 09 Road across Chott el Hodna
10 Road across Chott el Hodna 11 Chott el Hodna marsh
12 Western desert near Laghouat
13 Western desert near El Golea
14 Western desert near El Golea
15 Peugeot Tepee car on Trans-Sahara highway 16 Trans-Sahara highway near El Golea 17 Trans-Sahara highway near El Golea 18 Trans-Sahara highway near El Golea
19 Trans-Sahara highway near El Golea
20 Western desert near El Golea
21 Western desert near El Golea
22 N6 highway near Ksabi
23 Sand dunes near Ksabi
24 Sand dunes near Ksabi
25 Sand dunes near Ksabi
26 Sand dunes in Daerah Kerzaz
27 Orange sand dunes in Daerah Kerzaz
28 Sand dunes in Daerah Kerzaz
29 Sand dunes in Daerah Kerzaz
30 Hotel Grouz in Bechar 31 Western desert northeast of Bechar 32 N6 desert highway between Bechar and Ain Sefra
33 Western desert northeast of Bechar
34 N6 desert highway between Bechar and Ain Sefra 35 Moghrar Foukani oasis 36 Moghrar Foukani oasis
37 Rock formation in Ksour mountain range
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