"The Algerian "Hauts-Plateaux"" Wilaya de Djelfa by JLBG

Wilaya de Djelfa Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 49 photos

Ouled Naïl women - Wilaya de Djelfa
Ouled Naïl women

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.

Moving horizon - Wilaya de Djelfa

Moving horizon

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.

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Wilaya de Djelfa

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.

  • Last visit to Wilaya de Djelfa: Apr 1988
  • Intro Written Feb 20, 2007
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  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2007 at 6:44 PM

    Loved your details and photos of the Ouled Nail people. Yes, stopping to look at even "flat and featureless" country usually reveals something interesting!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2007 at 8:04 AM

    Quite an interesting page considering that you were driving on the barren flats! For a parasite the Cistanche violacea is beautiful. I had not seen a 'mahmal' before and your visit with the Ouled Nail nomads was fantastic!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2007 at 4:32 AM

    Truly enjoyable page Jean-Louis. I especially liked the amazing photos of the Ouled Nail women & children.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2007 at 11:18 PM

    What an amazing experience. once again an amazing page ;-)

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Not much to see but your insights into the life of the people make for marvelous reading The Shepherd with his hidden budle made me smile!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2007 at 12:30 AM

    Amazing !! The people look so beautiful ! Ah, I really like that :-)) And I also like the cistanche plants - it is always marvellous how species form with the weather conditions :-)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2007 at 2:40 PM

    Another fine new page with hypnotic desert photos. And I especially like your photos of the people who live there. And the camels, of course. Good that you had some children in your party so it was easier to make contact with locals.

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