Tassili n'Ajjer National Park

Tassili n’Ajjer National Park is located in southeastern Algeria near the border of Libya.  It is part of the Sahara Desert.  The national park encompasses an area of 28,000 square miles (72,519 sq km).

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is naturally, historically, and culturally significant.  The park protects aspects of the Sahara Desert while also preserving one of the most significant prehistoric cave art discoveries in the world.

This archaeological site features parietal works of rock art and cave art dating back as much as 12,000 years.  Antelope, cattle, crocodile, and other large wild animals account for the majority of the 15,000 cave art drawings.

Some of the other pieces of art reflect human interaction with dancing, hunting, and friendship.  With the approximately 15,000 drawings and engravings, the density makes this an incredibly special cultural and historical treat.

The park is located on a large plateau with a height of 7,080 feet (2,158 m).  The landscape displays rock formations, sandstone erosion, and related geological features that lead people to image the surface of the moon or some other celestial location.

Almost the entire park is comprised of sandstone.  Rock formations and arches have been created because of erosion creating amazing landscapes.

Tassill n'Ajjer Highlights

  • Cave drawings and engravings
  • Sahara Desert

Having an opportunity to experience such an array and dense collection of prehistoric cave drawings and engravings is truly a bewildering encounter with history.

This is also a unique experience within the Sahara Desert, which is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

Trails of Tassili n’Ajjer National Park

Because of the heat from the summer months, the best time to hike and explore the national park is during the months of October and November and then again during February and March.

Sources: 

Atlas Obscura, Tassili n’Ajjer, https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tassili-najjer, retrieved October 2109.

Natural Arches, The Natural Arches Tassili National Park, http://naturalarches.org/tassili/, retrieved October 2109.

Traildino, Tassili n’Ajjer National Park, https://www.traildino.com/trace/continents-Africa/countries-Algeria/regions-Tassili_n'Ajjer_National_Park, retrieved October 2019.

UNESCO, Tassili n’Ajjer, https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/179/, retrieved October 2019.