Ahaggar National Park in Algeria, Africa

Located in the heart of the Sahara, Ahaggar National Park is a gem of nature and culture in Algeria. Covering an area of over 450,000 square kilometers, this park is a testament to the rich history and unique biodiversity of the region.


Ahaggar National Park is renowned for its breathtaking landscape of mountains, plateaus, and sand dunes. The Ahaggar Mountains, also known as the Hoggar Mountains, are a prominent geographical feature in the park. The climate in Ahaggar is typically desert-like, with extreme temperatures and scarce precipitation.


Despite the desert conditions, Ahaggar is home to a diversity of wildlife. The flora includes various plant species adapted to desert life, while the fauna comprises a variety of animals, from gazelles to fennecs, the desert fox.

Culture and Heritage

Ahaggar National Park is inhabited by the Tuareg population, known for their rich culture and traditions. Additionally, the park hosts numerous rock art and archaeological sites that bear witness to the region’s long history.


Ahaggar National Park is a popular destination for nature and culture enthusiasts. Touristic activities include hiking, wildlife observation, and visits to cultural sites. The best time to visit is during the cooler months, from November to February.


Despite its significance, Ahaggar National Park faces several conservation challenges. Poaching, climate change, and human development threaten the park’s biodiversity. Nevertheless, efforts are being made to protect and preserve this valuable ecosystem.
Ahaggar National Park is a treasure of Algeria, offering a unique insight into desert biodiversity and the rich Tuareg culture. Despite the challenges, it remains a must-visit destination for nature and culture lovers.


Discover the location and highlights of Ahaggar National Park in Algeria with our detailed map. Explore its trails, mountains, and main attractions before embarking on your adventure in this natural wonder.

Map of Ahaggar

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