Djurdjura national park
This Algerian park is also found in Northern Algeria, a few miles from the coast. The Djurdjura Mountains are a significant sight in the park from which the park got its name. It occupies and estimated 82.5 square kilometers established in July 1983. To the south, the park pushes it borders into the province of Bouira and for the north into Tizi Ouiziu.
There are however several legends that are attached to the Djurdjura mountains and how they came to be named. In Kabyle, the mountains are named after the great altitude cold weather…Jejer and sometimes Jer Jer, a synonym for Mountains of Mountains. During the reign of the Romans in northern Africa, the mountains were called Montus Ferratus which translated for Iron Mountain.
One of the highest peaks on the mountain is called Grande Kabylie standing at an estimated 2, 30m above sea level. Lalla Khedidja is another towering peak on Djurdjura Mountains probably the highest of all. It is evidence that these mountains are only part of the large Tell Atlas Mountains of northern Algeria.
The dense forests, valleys and fissures create a wholesome habitat for several species of birds and animals such as the endangered Barbary Macaque. With its many dense Atlas cedar, pine and Juniper forests, deep gorges and unusual grottoes, the park is widely considered to have some of the most beautiful scenery in Algeria. It is also home to varied flora and fauna, including the endangered Barbary Macaque. Other species of wild animals in the low altitude forests include wild boar, weasel, hare, wild cat, red fox, hyena, porcupine, mongoose, jackal and many others Some of the birds in the park include kestrel, golden eagle, peregrine falcon, black vulture, booted eagle and long legged buzzard among many others. Birding trips are exciting adventures in Djurdjura National park.
There is accommodation at the main Djurdjura park centre at Tikdja with a few standard hotel facilities and camping options
Bouira, access to the upper regions of the Djurdjuran the chain is easy. Although its altitude flush the 2000 m, this mountain range offers all the features of the high mountains. She is in the nature of its rocks jagged peaks, in sharp peaks in gigantic walls with steep flanks. Tikjda is located at the foot of the Akouker.
Tikjda is the starting point for many scenic travels north overlooking the Massif Central Kabylie where nest nearly a thousand Berber villages, and south of Soummam Kabylie and that of Bibans rich fertile plains of the country Kabyle near Highlands. Otherwise, endless pastoral mountain paths allow to pass from one to another massive (join Tala Guilef north of the western chain Djurdjuran the Haizer, discover endemic cedar forests or in isolated clumps in high altitude (beyond 2000 m) or in forests such as those of Tigounatine, Taouialt or later, the famous forest At Ouabanes (cedars, oaks, maples, poplars, larches whose colors are of those of the Indian summer North American), home to many legends and tales Kabyle. Since Tikjda can be reached Tamda Goulmin (the lake basin), a kind of pond or lake altitude rather special, and many others.
Finally, Tikjda offers the most beautiful views on the headlights peaks Djurdjuran: Pyramid Tamgout Amghor Lalla Khlidja (better known as Lalla Khadija, 2308 m) and Aqerru Timedwin, dizzying mountain bare lunar landscapes dotted on its peak many natural ponds or deep "holes" or nestle water and ice called "eternal" (hence the name Timedwin), fueling countless springs that flow continuously from both sides of its slopes.
Tikjda is a tourist site located east of the wilaya of Bouira, 1478 m above sea level in the heart of the mountain range Djurdjuran and administrative headquarters of the National Park and UNESCO Biosphere of the same name. Tikjda is known nationally but internationally little except foreign residents in Algeria. Tikjda is also a dedicated structure, besides tourism, training athletes in the condition altitude: football stadium with Asswil - since the late 1990s - for martial arts, an ancient tradition besides of course the flagship sports resort: skiing, whose season lasts from December to April, as in the Alps.
The Tikjda station, whose name comes from "Tgjdit" referring to the powerful trunks of cedar used as central pillars and symbolic traditional Kabyle houses, allows regular practice of all mountain sports summer and winter. The track "Tigounatin" formed in the cedar forest has always been the most popular unlike dizzy and bare those of Akouker - the lifts worked only a few weeks before the tempestuous climate is neutralized. Hiking, trekking, caving and climbing high level (in view of limestone needles that make up the chain Djurdjuran) are also popular with the introduction still timid paragliding apart from some seasoned practitioners. The station has two chairlifts, several now obsolete lifts and out of use, that allowed skiers Kef the cottage and the Hotel Djurdjuran joining the top of the slopes.
CENTRE NATIONAL DES SPORTS ET LOISIRS DE TIKJDA
Prices:single 3 400 DA, double 5 700 DA, Three people 8 200 DA Suite 4 people 11 300 DA
Sauna 250 DA per entry per person
rent a bike for 300 DA the hour
there are guided biking and hiking tours
centre 0560 06 67 57 camp : 0560 99 07 96 Djurdjura : 0560 97 08 96