"The Algerian "Hauts-Plateaux"" Wilaya de Djelfa by JLBG
Wilaya de Djelfa Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 49 photos
When you drive from Algiers to Tamanrasset, you encounter three zones.
First, the Tell, a narrow strip of plains 100-200 km wide, stretching along the Mediterranean coast from the Moroccan border to the Tunisian border. This is the wealthiest part of Algeria.
Second the Hauts plateaux, a wider strip that stretches again from one border to the other.
And third the "Grand Sud algérien" –the Sahara- that covers 80-85% of the country.
The Hauts plateaux is a poor land, 1000-1100 meters mean elevation, with poor soil, where agriculture is almost impossible and where the people earn most of their poor living on cattle growing with flocks of sheeps, goats, donkeys and camels that graze the scarce grass. In winter, it is cold and windy. In summer it is hot, dry and windy. In spring (when we have always visited), it is often raining and windy.
The Hauts plateaux extend on 14 willayas : Tebessa, Oum el Bouaghi, Batna, Khenchela, Setif, Bordj Bou Arreridj, El Bayadh, Naama, Tiaret, Tissemsilt, Saida, Msila, Djelfa, Laghouat.
I have built this page is under Wilaya de Djelfa because the only part of the Hauts Plateaux that I know is along the road from Algiers to Tamanrasset and more precisely from Ksar El Boukhari to Laghouat, around Djelfa.
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