Taghit

CountryAlgeria
Destination typeCultural Site, Historical Site

About Taghit

Taghit, also known as “the Pearl of the Sahara” is situated around a thick grove of green palm trees that stretches more than 20 km long. This natural wonder is waiting for you to discover its stunning landscapes where the sand dunes meet the palm oasis.

What to See and Do in Taghit

We filmed a video to show you the highlights of what you can expect to see and do in Taghit.

Climb the Sahara Dunes

There is a saying, “The best view comes after the hardest climb”. You’ll realize this is true once you climb one of the massive sand dunes situated within walking distance from the town center. Once you reach the top, you can bask in the breathtaking view that overlooks Taghit.

Step Into Ksar Taghit

Ksar Taghit, the old fortified town of Taghit, is located near within walking distance from the town centre. There are several of these fortified towns in the region that are no longer inhabited and have been left in ruins. Due to recent efforts by the Algerian government to restore some of these historic sites, visitors can walk through a Ksar and catch a glimpse of its former glory. This ancient mud-brick ksar, with its maze of narrow alleyways and  unique architecture, paints a picture of Taghit’s past.

Discover Ancient Rock Engravings

Just outside of town is a rocky area filled with ancient petroglyph engravings. These engravings depict the animals that once lived in the area such as cows and antelopes. Unfortunately, the rocks that are the most easily accessible in the area have been vandalized with visitors leaving their own engraving of their names and other slogans. You will need to venture out further to discover rock engravings that are better preserved. There are no markers indicating where the rock engravings are located, but it’s part of the excitement to search around every corner of a rock and you just might discover a trace of mankind dating back to the Neolithic time! 

If you are interested in seeing ancient petroglyphs that are even better preserved, then you will want to see the rock engravings at the Tassil n’Ajjer National Park which are located even deeper into the Sahara.

Where to Stay in Taghit?

For those who prefer large hotels and having access to a swimming pool is important to you, then you should stay at Hotel Saoura. Located in the center of Taghit, this is the only hotel in the area and it is also part of the Algerian El-Djazair hotel chain.  

We highly recommend staying at a local guesthouse for an authentic experience with local hospitality. We recommend staying at Bordj Taghit guesthouse which overlooks the sand dunes of the spectacular Erg Occidental and the palm-grove of the Taghit Oasis.

When to Visit Taghit

We do not recommend visiting Taghit or any other places in Southern Algeria during the summer months where temperatures can reach above 40C (104F) in the shade! Summer time is considered low season and you will find travel operators and tour guides are not working at all during this period. The best time to visit Taghit is during early Spring or during the Winter season.

Plan a Visit to Taghit

Whether you’re looking for an adventure in the Sahara or an escape from the hustle and bustle, you will be satisfied with the unexpected wonders of Taghit.

If you are interested in visiting Taghit, our travel experts are happy to assist you to plan an unforgettable Algeria tour.

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