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Algeria 2023 without an escort

Hello. I want to add information about Algeria. .
I traveled through Algeria completely alone, on a motorbike, the whole time without police escort. Maybe I was just lucky.
My route was:
Italy - Tunisia
Tunis
border crossing Hidra - Tebessa, delay 6 hours.
Biskra
Laghouat
Brezina
Ain Sefra
Timimoune
Reggan
In Salah
Tamanrasset
the way to Mount Assekrem
Idles
Djanet
In Amenas
Hassi Messaoud
El Oued
Tebessa - Hydra delay 2 hours
Tunis

If you search "Jebal fcb" on Facebook, there is a report every day.
Both police and military checks always let me go without an escort, which was often offered to me, but not after my refusal.
I am sorry for my bad English.
Your site has helped me a lot.

If you have questions, I'm happy to answer.
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Wow, what an amazing trip!

Thanks for posting the pictures, the map, and sharing your experience with all of us.

I spent a lot of time in Algeria back around 1999 - 2000, mostly in Hassi Messoud, In Salah, and In Amenas. But I was always there as a "worker", not a tourist, which meant someone else organized my food & accomodation.

I'm curious to know what difficulties (if any) you had finding food and lodging during your travels. Do you speak French, or Arabic? I think one of those two languages would be almost essential for independent travel.

Michael
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Unfortunately, I don't speak French, nor Arabic, only the basics of English. This combination proved to be the best in police-soldier checks. If I spoke their language well, they wouldn't let me go on, they would want a lot of information and demands, there was no possibility of mutual agreement like this, so they let me go on.
So I recommend NOT speaking any language. And thanks to that, I had no escort. I have a personal VASCO translator, I only used it to communicate with local people. I was in IN AMENAS for 3 days, due to several defects and bad work by the local mechanic. I slept several nights in a tent, in the wild - the Sahara, a wonderful experience. The Algerians said it was very dangerous, but I think it is dangerous to sleep in local hotels.
Hotels are in bad condition, bad food, I always searched on google maps but they all have bad rating. I'm talking about the south! The north will probably be better as far as hotels are concerned. I definitely recommend to everyone to visit the place BREZINA, it is not as famous as Tamanrasset and Djanet, but it is a unique place. It exists only in Arizona and Brezina.

I shot this video there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_CI4a5fCzg
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I did the same thing, but at the border they blocked me because I didn't have a guide, but I know that some people like you did it, I didn't have a real explanation for the reason for the block, I even asked the Algerian agency that told me he prepared all the documents with the officials, but it was not enough, they reasoned that they had received these provisions from Algeri.
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