Gueltates Afilal

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Gueltates Afilal

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  • Area: 
    20,900 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    23°09'N 05°46'E
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Gueltates Afilal. 04/06/03; Tamanrasset; 20,900 ha; 23°09'N 005°46'E. Ahaggar National Park. The gueltates, unique to this region, comprise small terraces, pots and small cascades in which water runs permanently in this completely desert environment. The site contains rich vegetation more or less similar to that of the Gueltates d'Issakarassene Ramsar site, and the diverse fauna includes fish species such as the desert barbel. The Gueltates Afilal constitute the most significant stream of the Ahaggar and the Atakor massif (3,000m), and, with Issakarassene, are among the best-known gueltates due to their welcoming location as a stop-over along the tourist track to Mt Assekrem. The nomadic Touaregs of Tamanrasset use the gueltates to store water for domestic needs and as a watering site for their herds, and the area is a popular place visited by some 20,000 local and foreign tourists per year, without so far having suffered too much pressure from their presence. Ramsar site no. 1298. Most recent RIS information: 2003.

Administrative region: 
wilaya de Tamanrasset

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park
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