Bordj Taghit Guesthouse in Taghit (Hotel Review)

Terrace View of the Sahara Dunes and Taghit Oasis at Bordj Taghit

Taghit is often referred to as “the pearl of the Sahara”. The Taghit region is built around a thick grove of green palm trees that stretches more than 20 km long. This desert oasis is truly a magical place! Come discover the surreal beauty of the Sahara with its endless dunes, clear skies, celestial symphony, tranquillity, and magical experiences. This can all be enjoyed in comfort at the Bordj Taghit Guesthouse in Taghit, Algeria.

Author’s Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. We do not receive any commission or benefit from Bordj Taghit Guesthouse for writing this review. This hotel review is written based on the author’s experience of spending one night at Bordj Taghit Guesthouse in Taghit, Algeria in March 2024.

Serenity Awaits You at Bordj Taghit Guesthouse

I have been living in Tunisia since 2016, and have stayed in numerous hotels and guesthouses across Tunisia, as well as in Morocco and Algeria.

My personal opinion is that if you are looking for a standardized experience with a clean room to sleep in and a buffet-style dinner, then you should consider staying at a hotel where you often know what to expect. If this is you, then you should consider the nearby Saoura Hotel, which belongs to the El Djazair hotel chain.

But if you are looking for an authentic experience, then you should consider staying in guesthouses. Each guesthouse has its own charm and character that is unique to the specific region. Based on my experience, I also think the long-term success of maintaining a quality guesthouse reflects the owner’s personal philosophy of local hospitality.

I was pleasantly impressed by my stay at Bordj Taghit Guesthouse and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Taghit. The owner has done a wonderful job creating this friendly, peaceful and authentic atmosphere decorated in a unique and warm way, just for you. My only regret was not being able to stay longer due to our work schedule.

Entrance to Bordj Taghit
Entrance to Bordj Taghit
Courtyard Area at Bordj Taghit
Courtyard Area at Bordj Taghit

From an Old French Foreign Legion Fort to a Beautiful Guesthouse

Situated next to the village’s ancient Ksar Taghit, the building was formerly an old French Foreign Legion Fort named Fort Mercier, which was built by the French military during the colonial time around 1900. The fort has since been abandoned until the owner renovated the space into a charming guesthouse and opened in 2008.

The guesthouse was traditionally constructed to preserve its architectural authenticity by using locally sourced materials. Just look up at the ceiling in the rooms and you will notice that local palm trees were used for its construction. The entire premise including the rooms are decorated in a traditional way with local carpets and traditional wrought iron furniture. 

There is much to love about this guesthouse, but there is one common thing that everyone praise about which is the view!

View of the Sahara dunes from room at Bordj Taghit
View of the Sahara dunes from room at Bordj Taghit

Breathtaking Views of the Desert Oasis

The guesthouse overlooks the sand dunes of the spectacular Erg Occidental and the palm-grove of the Taghit Oasis. You definitely won’t get this view at any of the nearby hotels. This panoramic view alone makes it a worthwhile stay.

Terrace View of the Sahara Dunes and Taghit Oasis at Bordj Taghit
Terrace View of the Sahara Dunes and Taghit Oasis at Bordj Taghit

Rooms are located in the outer courtyard and inner courtyard areas. Each room is equipped with air conditioning.

The rooms in the outer courtyard overlook a massive Sahara sand dune. The back entrance is linked to a shared patio area equipped with tables and chairs for relaxation. These pictures below are double rooms in the outer courtyard area.

Double Room at Bordj Taghit Guesthouse
Double Room at Bordj Taghit Guesthouse
Double Room at Bordj Taghit Guesthouse
Double Room at Bordj Taghit Guesthouse

The rooms in the inner courtyard area are located further away from the road. You will not get the view of the dune, but it is much quieter and could be ideal for those who prefer more piracy.

Desert Hospitality At Its Best

All of the staff were extremely warm and welcoming. We had the wonderful opportunity to speak with the guesthouse owner about his vision for the guesthouse. The Algerian owner has spent many years living abroad, and thus is able to integrate his experience from living abroad and his expert knowledge of the local culture to seamlessly create an atmosphere that is inviting and appealing for both local and foreign travellers.

Experience the Sahara Desert Internally

He explained to us that the guesthouse was designed to not only be just a physical space for travellers to experience the Sahara externally, but the concept is to allow travellers to also internally experience the calmness of the Sahara desert. According to him, Taghit is best experienced at a slower pace over the span of several days to truly slow down, relax your mind, and leave the hustle and bustle of your life in exchange for the magical experience that the Sahara oasis can offer.

No Shoes, No WiFi, No TV

We could see that a lot of thought has been put into creating the dining room area.

Firstly, the dining room is the only area in the entire guesthouse with WiFi internet access. This is intentional as a way to discourage travellers from constantly engaging their devices instead of each other. Thus, the dining room also acts as a common room area for those who want to lounge and chat when meals are not being served.

Dining Room at Bordj Taghit
Dining Room at Bordj Taghit

Secondly, shoes are not allowed in the dining room area. I personally loved this idea! The physical act of removing my shoes before entering the dining room felt like I was leaving my work life behind and stepping into a family home for quality meals and conversations.

Thirdly, the owner was proud to explain that there are no TVs in the entire guesthouse. He lives with his wife on-premise and even they do not own a TV. The idea is to disconnect from the distractions of the world, which often are linked to technology. The owner pointed to the fireplace and jokingly said that’s the only TV that they have. The fireplace area looks very welcoming and is beautifully set up with comfortable seating all around as a cozy sitting area for guests. There is something truly magical about sitting by a warm fire as the flames dance before your eyes. The owner is right – this is much better than watching TV.

View of the Sahara dunes from room at Bordj Taghit

There is also a local Bedouin tent set up for guests to relax, lounge and enjoy the view.

Bedouin Tent at Bordj Taghit
Traditional Bedouin Tent Near the Courtyard-Terrace
Bedouin Tent Overlooking the Sahara Dunes at Bordj Taghit
Bedouin Tent Overlooking the Sahara Dunes at Bordj Taghit

Delicious Local Cuisine

Like most accommodations in Algeria, your stay at Bordj Taghit guesthouse is booked in Bed and Breakfast, but you can add a dinner meal at extra cost. We initially missed out on adding the dinner meal due to some unexpected last minute changes to our visit to Taghit. However, the owner was so accommodating and was able to organize an eggplant-based themed meal with only a few hours notice ahead of dinnertime. We were all very impressed with the meal!

Fried eggplant dish for dinner
Delicious Eggplant Dip
Delicious Eggplant Dip

Had we given them even longer notice, they would have been able to prepare a meat dish for us. We will just have to revisit another time to try their authentic cooking again.

After the meal, we were given a pot of mint tea with local nuts to enjoy. This is a great time to take your cup of tea to the fireplace and wind down from your day of travel.

Pot of green tea with assorted local nuts after dinner
Pot of green tea with assorted local nuts after dinner
Morning breakfast coffee with a view of the Sahara dunes
Morning breakfast coffee with a view of the Sahara dunes

Breakfast on the next morning was also amazingly delicious! The food is delicious and the view is spectacular – that’s a perfect morning to me.

What to Do in Taghit

Just outside of town, you can explore ancient petroglyph engravings of cows and antelopes. These are not as well-preserved as the petroglyphs you will find in the Tassil n’Ajjer National Park in the deeper parts of the Sahara Desert. Nonetheless, it is a short and beautiful drive to get there and is worth the visit.

You will definitely want to explore the Sahara desert. Located between the guesthouse and the Sahara dunes are multiple vendors with quad bikes and camels for rent.

We put together this video so you can see for yourself some of the highlights of the Taghit region.

Discover the Magnificent Desert Oasis of Taghit in Algeria

Book Your Stay at Bordj Taghit Guesthouse and Experience the Sahara

If you plan to visit Taghit, we highly recommend for you to book your stay at Bordj Taghit Guesthouse. It is a small charming guesthouse on the edge of some of the most spectacular dunes in Taghit. The guesthouse is located about 80 km from the Bechar Airport.

All of our Algeria Tours include at least least one night in the Algiers capital. Contact one of our Algeria Travel Experts to help you plan your Algeria trip including booking your hotel accommodations. Take some time to browse through some of our popular Algeria tour packages. We can also customize a tour itinerary that meets your travel preferences which includes a night at Bordj Taghit.

About the author

Joshua Mok has been living in Tunisia since 2016. He has traveled extensively throughout the country, and has firsthand experience with the language, people, and culture of North Africa. It is his passion to introduce to others some of the best destinations in North Africa that he has experienced.

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