Jun 18, 2019 - Jun 19, 2019
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Tindouf is a town that lies in the western province of the Saharan Algeria. More than 160,000 people live in Tindouf, though only about 60,000 of these residents are native Algerians. Refugees from the Spanish Sahara, known as the Sahrawi people, fled to Tindouf beginning in the mid-1970s, where refugee camps were then established. For those who are interested in Sahrawi culture, traveling to Tindouf is as close as you can get to interact with those living in a refugee camp and with people who desire an independent Western Sahara. The Western Sahara is presently claimed by the Polisario (a Sahrawi rebel national liberation movement) and controlled by the Moroccan government.
It's advised to visit Tindouf's refugee camps during one of the events that takes place there on annual basis. The event organizers will help with your trip arrangements to attend the events or you can contact the Polisario for assistance. One of the major events in Tindouf is the Sahara International Film Festival, which takes place in October at the Dakhla refugee camp, about 108 miles from Tindouf. This festival occurs during the spring, and is the only film festival around the globe that takes place in a refugee camp.
Another annual competition is a marathon race that takes place between some of the Sahrawi camps. This event is usually put on in April to show solidarity with the refugees.
Skyscanner makes it easy to search for cheap hotels near Tindouf . The Saharawi refugee camps are about an hour's drive from the city of Tindouf. If you arrive at Tindouf Airport, you may wish to rent a car at the airport and drive to the camps for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Be prepared, however, to show your travel documents at several Algerian military checkpoints along the way.
Check for hotels that are within driving distance of Tindouf, which lies across the Moroccan border. The Kasbah Sahara is a guest house with rates as low as $19 per night, breakfast included. There are balconies, WiFi access, and a restaurant/bar is on site.
If you crave a bit more luxury while staying in Tindouf Province, consider the Bivouac De Luxe Pacha, which features a private bathroom, minibar, TV, shower, microwave, and more in your private tent set up in an alluring desert location. Expect to pay about $270 per night.