Unlike the general perception, Algeria is equally a land of a striking biodiversity: with a broad range of views and ecological districts, Algeria encompasses abundance of natural heritage and has a series of indigenous species you can hardly find elsewhere including the Monk Seal, Barbary red deer, Kabylie Nuthatch and Audouin's Gull. A widespread network of preservation zones has been established in Algeria for the protection of this valuable natural heritage. The National Parks are home to a number of fauna and flora, covering the Mediterranean coast, deserts and the mountains.

Paradise for migratory birds, Algeria accounts 21 aires and protected natural parks located throughout the country, totaling over 53 million hectares, of which the majority is located in a desert area.

Tassili National Park (Illizi) extends over 8 million hectares and there are several animal and plant species: Dorcas gazelle, Duprez cypress, acacia ...

The vast park of the Ahaggar (Tamanrasset) extends meanwhile on some 45 million hectares.There is also the sheep, Dorcas gazelle, but also a plant variety, olive Laperrine and tamarisk.

Other national parks are those of El Kala (El Tarf) Gouraya (Bejaia), Taza (Jijel) of Théniet El Had (Tissemsilt) Djurdjura (Bouira and Tizi-Ouzou), Chréa (Blida, Medea and Ain Defla) and Tlemcen.

Because they represent a preferred area for wintering many birds and because of their rich flora and fauna, wetlands El Kala (Tonga and Oubeira lakes as well as Bird Lake) are classified and erected in areas of international importance under the Ramsar convention.

Gazelles Cuvier, Houbara bustard, Barbary deer, jackal, hyena, monkeys, baboons and nuthatches evolve in these protected areas that constitute the natural reserve s of Macta (Mostaganem) Mergueb (M'sila) Beni Salah ( Guelma) and Babors (Setif).

The islands of Rashgoun, in Ain ​​Temouchent, the Habibas islands in Oran and the Jebel Aissa, in Naama are also ecological of great interest. Their classification as a national park ornature reserve is retained.

The natural reserve of Reghaia which a Ramsar-recognized humid zone consisting on a marsh and a lake having an area of 185 acres (75 hectares) and a length of 2.5 kilometers (1.6 mi), is an another protected area in Algeria. A small island, Agueli or Bounettah, one km off the coast, with the surrounding waters, is part of the site and increases its value for migratory birds. In spite of its declining size, the lake has revealed an unsuspected wealth and diversity not only in wintering migratory birds but also of rare nesting bird species - it shelters more than 203 waterbird species, among which four species are classified as rare. The lake provides irrigation for 1,200 ha of arable lands, and its beaches, the most beautiful of the Algiers coast, attract many visitors during summer.

National parks, over 53 million hectares:

Tassili N'ajjer:

tassili najjerTassili n'Ajjer National Park is a unique natural attraction in the Sahara Desert in the southeastern region of Algeria. It is not only a national park, but a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve (1986).

Located at about 600 km northwest of Tamanrasset, Tassili N'ajjer or Azguer, can be easily reached from the beautiful town of Djanet. It is a vast sandstone plateau of lunar landscape and grandiose beauty and the world largest prehistoric rock art museum.

More than 15000 drawings and engravings describe climates, fauna and human life in the Sahara from 6000 BC to the first century. 

Hoggar (Ahaggar):

hoggarHoggar National Park is the world’s first site by the amount of rock engravings and paintings. These famous footsteps of one of the first civilizations in the Word is classified since 1982 World Heritage by Unesco and Biosphere reserve since 1986.

It covers an area of approximately 450,000 square kilometers in the Saharan Algeria Region in the extreme south of the country.

The Ahaggar Mountain range consists mainly of jagged volcanic rock, which dominate the park, with the highest peak being Mount Tahat Atakor, measuring 3,003 meters above sea level. 


National Park Djurdjura:

DjurdjuraIt relates to Djurdjuran massif located in the North east Region of Algeria which culminates at Lalla Khdija a height of 2,308 meters) with its many dense forests, deep gorges and unusual grottoes, the park is widely considered to have some of the most beautiful scenery in Algeria.

The park is listed as a biosphere reserve by the UNESCO (1997), and is home to varied flora (690 plant species are listed there) and fauna, including the endangered Barbary Macaque.

The area is known for the manufacture of silver and coral jewelry, for the art of pottery and its rich intangible heritage. 

National Park Theniet El - Had:

Tniet el hadCovering a large area of 6163 ha, the park is located 3 km from the town of  Théniat El-Had, at the southern limit of the great massif of Ouarsenis and the center of the Tell Atlas.

The beautiful mountains covered by cedar forests are ideal places for hiking. Its diverse fauna is also a unique attraction.



National Park Gouraya : Cape Carbon

Gouraya le cap carbonLocate in Coastral city of Bejaia in the Eastern part of Algeria, its name is derived from the breathtaking Gouraya Mountain which is located in the park.

It occupies a mountainous massif which dominates the north-west of the town of Béjaïa culminating at 672 metres (Fort Gouraya), a small calcareous massif in the western zone, and a cliff of approximately 100 ha, It also contains a wetland, Lake Mézaïa, and a marine area located at the west of the Gulf of Béjaïa. There is rich flora and fauna as well as several historic and picturesque sites with protected species.

The Gouraya National Park was named a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2004.

Visitors to the park will be amazed by its biodiversity and magnificent wildlife, of which many are endangered species. 

Chréa national park (Blida) Mountain Chréa

ChreaThe park incorporates the mountainous area of the Blidean Atlas, part of the Tell Atlas range, where the grotto of Chiffa and the snow skiing station of Chréa are situated.

Although the Chréa National Park is one of Algeria's smallest protected areas, it has varied terrain and abundant flora, providing suitable habitats for a variety of animals and birds, including a number of magnificent raptor species. The ancient Atlas Cedar forests of the park are home to a population of Barbary Macaque.

This park is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve (2002) and one of the best tourist destinationss visited by thousands of people, both in winter and summer. 

National Park of El Kala (El Tarf )

ElkalaCovering an area of ​​80,000 ha, El Kala is known for its variety of ecosystems that consists of a marine ecosystem, breathtaking mountains, dense woodlands, picturesque forests and numerous lakes, that are a unique resort in the Mediterranean region.

The National Park of El Kala, was established 1983 and recognised by UNESCO as a national heritage and international, cultural and Biosphere Reserve in 1990.


Taza National Park:

TazaEven though it does not cover a large area (300 hectares), the Taza National Park is still a diverse park with varied ecosystems and wonderful wildlife for visitors to enjoy. It was even recognized as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2004, reaffirming the uniqueness of this spectacular national park.

The Taza National Park is located in the region of Jijel. Its landscape consists of fascinating grottoes, long stretches of sandy beaches, beautiful woodlands and breathtaking cliffs, accommodating a wide variety of species, it represents landscapes of rare beauty, rainforests and sandy beaches.

National Park Belezma:

BelezmaThe Park is located around 25 kilometers north-west of the town of Batna. It is a sanctuary of nature, its stands of particular aesthetic, beautiful deep valleys, embedded rock slabs, a diversity of habitats, abundant vegetation and a wide variety of animals of more than 300 resident species. The park also has more than 440 species of flora, many of which are endemic to the area.





National Park Tlemcen

Tlemcen1The Tlemcen National Park is located in the North West region of Algeria, near the city of Tlemcen.
Considered to be a national asset, the Tlemcen National Park is home to more that 140 animal species, including different species of birds, mammals, reptile and amphibian of which a large number is protected species.
Natural attractions in Tlemcen National Park include the magnificent Beni Add Caves with their unusual calcite formations; the Ifri, Zariffet and Ain Fezza forests and the picturesque waterfall - Cascades d'el Ourit. The historic sites and monuments located in the park include the Mosque of Sidi Boumediene which was built in 739 by the Merinid prince Abu Hassen; the Sidi Bou Ishaq Tayar Mosque; the Mansourah mosque and minaret; and the mausoleum of Lalla Setti which is an excellent lookout point for viewing some of the park's breathtaking scenery.

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