Algeria Photo Tour

The magical dunes of the Sahara
Photo tour to Algeria
Photo tour to the Sahara, Algeria
Start: February 20, 2025, Algiers, Algeria
February 28, 2025, Algiers, Algeria
Guide: Dmitry Arkhipov
Price: 2960 €
Deposit 1500 €

Single occupancy: 230 €

Early bird price before May 1, 2024: 2800 €
The Algerian Sahara is the most photogenic among the deserts - we will spend 7 full days here, enjoying the endless sands, the highest dunes and the stone forest that grows like magic right out of the sand. The whole trip will be devoted to shooting desert landscapes - gentle halftones, graphic lines and almost complete absence of people around - is this not a dream of a real photographer? Remoteness from civilization will allow us to see and shoot the endless starry sky, which is especially beautiful in the Sahara. The moon will be waning during the middle of our trip, so our chances of capturing beautiful starry sky will be pretty good.
Starry sky of the Sahara
Sahara's starry sky
We will stop overnight in tents in the most picturesque places, right among the dunes - this will allow us not only to enjoy magnificent views, but also to Spend morning and sunset shooting right next to our camp. After three nights in the desert, we will take a short break so as not to completely wean ourselves from civilization, and spend a night in a cozy hotel with all amenities, and then we will hit the road again, and spend two more nights in tents in the dunes.
Algeria, Elephant rock
Elephant rock in Algeria
Tuareg guides will accompany us on the way - every evening we will have a fire, delicious food, traditional Tuareg music, endless starry sky and interesting conversations.

The Tuaregs are wonderful singers and in the evenings we will enjoy real concerts in the center of the Sahara. Believe me, you have never experienced anything like this in your life!

The desert, with complex and beautiful lines of dunes, is an almost ideal place to learn your composition and frame building skills. And I will share with you my knowledge of landscape photography.
During the trip we will spend 5 nights in tents. Warm sleeping bags (0°C - comfort) will need to be taken with you (during the day in the desert up to 30°C, and at night it can be quite cold, up to 5°C (41°F)). Tents and mattresses will be provided to us, and specially trained people will install them for us.

You can take a drone on this trip at your own risk. Drone photography in the Algerian desert is great, but bringing a drone across the Algerian border is at your own risk.

Algeria photo workshop map


Day 1 (February 20)

On this day in the evening, around 9 PM, we meet at the local departures terminal of the airport in Algiers, the capital of the country. From here at 11 PM we will fly by Algerian Airlines to the south of the country (flight time - 2 hours 15 minutes). Here we will be met by our guides - the Tuareg. With them we will go to the city of Djanet (about 20 minutes), check into a nice hotel where we can relax after the flight.

Overnight in a hotel
Day 2 (February 21)

Today we will be able to sleep and have a leisurely breakfast on the cozy terrace of the hotel, and then around noon we will leave towards the desert. We will travel by off-road vehicles. We will also be accompanied by a separate car, which will take our field kitchen, tables and chairs for lunch, food, water and a supply of firewood for the evening fire.

For lunch, we will stop at an unusually shaped rock with the telling name Helicopter, then we will stop by to look at ancient rock paintings, and delve into a real desert with endless dunes. While our guides will be setting up kitchen and preparing food for us, we will be exploring the sunset dunes around us and take first amazing photos of the desert.

Should the sky conditions allow, the most active members of our trip would be able to take pictures of the starry sky against the backdrop of the dunes.

Overnight in a tent, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Drives are about 3 hours.

Day 3 (February 22)

After sunrise shooting and breakfast, we will start moving to our next point. Along the way, we will see high dunes, magnificent arches and various rock formations. We will have lunch in a beautiful place, have a little rest and move on to our second stop - Tin Merzouga - among the dunes and beautiful stone figures. Here we will take a sunset shooting.

Overnight in a tent, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Drives are about 3 hours.

Day 4 (February 23)

After sunrise shooting and breakfast, we will drive to some unusual rock formations, one of which is very similar to a hedgehog, and for lunch we will stop in a rocky canyon near an amazingly beautiful cave, where we will hold a workshop on shooting with exposure bracketing.

After lunch a short rest, we will go further to the place where nomads get water among sands, and by the evening we will reach the Delicate Arch striking in its grace. We will stop here for the night, and if the weather permits, the most persistent would be able to photograph the endless starry sky again.

Overnight in a tent, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Drives are about 2 hours.

Day 5 (February 24)

After dawn shooting and breakfast, we will move towards Djanet. On the way, we will see some magnificent rock outcrops, rock paintings of the ancient inhabitants of the Sahara and very beautiful views of the desert. Soon we will leave the area of the Tadrart Plateau, go to the asphalt road and head towards the city. Right before Djanet, we will have lunch in a picturesque place and in about half an hour we will be at the hotel, where we can enjoy the benefits of civilization.

Overnight at the hotel, breakfast, lunch.
Drives are about 3 hours.

Day 6 (February 25)

On this day we will be able to sleep again and have a leisurely breakfast, and then around noon we will go to see the most famous rock paintings of these places - the image of a crying cow, dating back to the sixth millennium BC. Then our route will pass between very high dunes of the most bizarre forms and reaching 300 meters in height. Gradually the landscape will change and we will finally reach the stone forest. Here we will see a stone army of basalt idols - a very photogenic place where everyone can find something interesting to photograph.
. We will set up our camp in a beautiful romantic place among endless dunes, where we will spend the night under the starry sky and listening to Tuareg songs.

Overnight in a tent, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Drives are about 2 hours.

Day 7 (February 26)

At sunrise we take pictures of the huge dunes again, and then we will drive along the picturesque valley, encountering interesting arches along the way, until we reach the stone elephant, where we will set up our camp. Within walking distance from this place there is a huge number of free-standing picturesque rocks, some of them already have their own names, while others you can name to your taste - the scope for imagination and beautiful landscape shots is truly limitless here.

Overnight in a tent, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Drives are about 1.5 hours.

Day 8 (February 27)

After dawn shooting and breakfast, we will go to another unusual place - the narrow and picturesque Essendline Canyon, where we will see an amazing small lake. It is only reachable by foot - the road takes about forty minutes one way along a well-trodden path with almost no ups and downs. Those who do not want to go to the lake can relax in the shade of the trees. Here we will have lunch, and then we will move to the dunes, where you can take pictures in the national clothes of the Tuareg.

After that, we go to Djanet, check into a hotel, have dinner and rest after our trip.

Overnight at the hotel, breakfast, lunch.
Drives are about 2.5 hours.

Day 9 (February 28)

Today we fly to the city of Algiers, from where on the same day in the evening after 8 PM you can fly home, or you can stay another day in Algeria.

* The program may be slightly changed during the trip.

* meals on a program
* accommodation in double or twin suites in a hotel and in individual tents in the desert
* transfers and excursions
* local flights
* guide services, photography consultations

* International air fares
* insurance
* meals not in the program