Chrea National Park situated in the north
Algeria covers 260 square kilometres of Tell Atlas range. Unusual terrain
and climate creates an unique isolated habitat for different biospheres that coexist
here. Over 1200 of different species call Chrea National
Park their home. Many of the plants,
animals and birds are endemic to the region. Local people take particular
pride in magnificent raptor species that are associated with strength and
agility in the local folklore. Although few farmers do live on the territory
of the protected biosphere they do minimal damage to the surrounding area.
With tourist money flowing in they see no sense
in hunting or logging magnificent Atlas cider (Cedrus atlantica) forests
wide spread in the area.
Besides hiking and
camping the area is also famous for its Chrea Skiing Station. It is one of
the few places in Africa that even sees snow and certainly one of the few
skiing destinations on the continent. It is a general rule whether you are
hiking or skiing keep yourself warm and expect decreased temperatures
especially at night. Another popular destination is grotto
of Chiffa that harbors Barbary Macaque or Barbary Apes (Macaca
sylvanus) as they commonly
referred. This endemic specie is on the endangered list and National Park is
one of the last places there you will see one up close.