Question about safety
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Jul 6, 2012 1:28 PM Last Post By: moulai
Jun 27, 2012 8:39 PM
Question about safetyHello all i know this question has been posted numerus times but still it is never too many
Even though im an experince traveler and been to many places l
I just want to make sure. In the many gov travel sites they say algiriabisnstill very unsafe , like a couple of years ago unsafe,
We are making a fairly turisty tour
Algiers oran tlemcen constantine and djemila, and will be escroted with driver and guide 24/7
Just wanted to ask if any body has been there recently and how much is goverment paranoia, and how much we should be only carefull as regular turist in these typenof countries (africa, undeveloped and outnof ancivilmwar country type.....)
Thanks for the help
Jun 28, 2012 12:33 AM
1I presume you mean Algeria?!!!
I left there in January after 2 months working in Algiers. Went off to Oran, Tlemcen, Setif etc alone without a guide by public transport as a single female, took a non-French speaking colleague with me once.
Absolutely no bother at all.
For the north there's no need for a guide etc ... it's the south where the government requires one
Still in touch with a lot of Algerian colleagues all over the country who say all's well!
Jun 28, 2012 3:17 AM
Jun 28, 2012 4:19 AM
3There are quite a few French & Spanish registered cars on the road in Algeria, I see no problem with a Tunisian one ... not sure what the import process is though ... I did post about this almost 8months ago if you have a search as I was going to take my car with me from France - until I saw the prohibitively high ferry costs!!
Where do you want to visit?? Algeria is very friendly ... should be no problem - apart from one small corner of the north between Algiers & Bejaia where the road is also dangerous for ambushes according to my old Algerian colleagues there.
Jun 28, 2012 6:16 AM
Jun 28, 2012 8:12 AM
5Thanks again Kira,
I'm French and travel with my car (a French one).
Entering from Tunisia because I want to spend few days there before.
I know Algeria but only Sahara these last years.
I need to know if it is safe to travel between Tunisian border and Alger the Alger to Ghardaia with my car (4x4 where it is possible to sleep inside)and where it is possible to stop overnight (In Sahara, usually, bivouacs ) .
If it is possible, I would like to visit Timguad and surroudings, then go south to Ghardaia.
What about paperwork at Tunisian border post (I tried to make a quick search from your numerous posts, but didn't find anything about these points, sorry).
Jun 29, 2012 1:07 AM
Jun 29, 2012 1:32 AM
7Yes, I know about the mandatory guide for the south, the only thing I don't know is from where (which town) it is mandatory.
And about overnights in northern Algeria, what is your opinion?
Jun 29, 2012 1:55 AM
8Possibly from Batna? Unsure on this ...
Overnights in Algeria ... Annaba is meant to be wonderful, but if you could get further over the border, try Setif or Constantine before heading south to Batna where I would think is where you'd need to pick up a guide, or a little further south of there!
There's good autoroute now from Algiers to Constantine, not sure how much further on it goes, the Chinese built it (surprise surprise!)
Jun 29, 2012 2:28 AM
9Supposedly a guide is compulsory south of Ghardaia.
But i'm pretty sure than even in Algeria, you won't find 2 officials giving you the same answer on that point.
Coming from Niger on public transports i had to have a guide with me from In Guezzam to Ghardaia. But it seems that, had i been alone on the bus from Tam to Ghardaia nobody would have noticed....
Jun 29, 2012 8:16 AM
Jun 29, 2012 9:22 AM
11You could have a great time in Setif, really enjoyed it, there's a post of my trip there on here (for sure!!!) with hotel prices ... all were good & in an excellent location. Great restaurant with excellent food nearby & alcohol.
From Setif you should go & see the Roman town of Cuicul, lovely 40m drive there ..... & some beautiful excellent priced rugs!!!
Constantine has a lot of accomodation but I don't know it so well, have a lot of old Algerian colleagues there & in Annaba & Bejaia who keep inviting me back!
Jul 6, 2012 1:28 PM
12first welcome in Algeria :)
secondly sorry for my English :)
thirdly you are french coming to Algeria .and u ask this question !!
don't worry there is no problem now in Algeria.you even don't need guide in the north.all the people here speak french and they will help you. may be all the Algerian family had an cousin in french.
info:the road from Algeria to gardaia its about 700km start from Algiers--blida (I'm from blida :) -- djelfa--lagouate --and the Sahara begin : gardaia .
i hope that the info was helpful :)
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