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Tamanrasset or Tamanghasset (Arabic: ولاية تمنراستWilāya Tamanrāssat) is the largest province (wilaya) in Algeria. It was named after its province seat, Tamanrasset. The province has two national parks, more than any other in Algeria. They are Tassili n'Ajjer National Park and Ahaggar National Park. The province makes up almost a quarter of the country's area with 556,200 km².

Tamanrasset Province

ولاية تمنراست
Province of Tamanrasset
Skyline of Tamanrasset Province
Map of Algeria highlighting Tamanrasset
Map of Algeria highlighting Tamanrasset
Coordinates: 22°47′N 05°31′E / 22.783°N 5.517°E / 22.783; 5.517Coordinates: 22°47′N 05°31′E / 22.783°N 5.517°E / 22.783; 5.517
Country Algeria
 • GovernorShater Abdel Karim
 • Total556,200 km2 (214,800 sq mi)
Area rank1st
1,400 m (4,600 ft)
Highest elevation
3,303 m (10,837 ft)
 • Total204,540
 • Rank46th
 • Density0.37/km2 (0.95/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
Area Code+213 (0) 29
ISO 3166 codeDZ-11




It is located in the deep southern region of Algeria and is 2000 km south of Algiers (capital of Algeria). On the north it is bordered by Ghardaïa Province, on the north-east by Ouargla Province, on the east by Illizi Province and on the west by Adrar Province, the second largest province by area. Tamanrasset also has international borders with Mali and Niger. The province is the largest Algerian province with area of 556,200 sq km (214,800 sq mi) although it is located in the heart of the desert. The Province of Tamanrasset has a moderate climate because of its mountainous terrain. The province has an elevation of 1,400 meters. The highest point of Tamanrasset Province is Mount Tahat, which is also the highest point of Algeria with 3,303 meters. The most well known tourist destination is the Tomb of Tinhan.


The Agricultural capacity is 246,154 hectares of land of which 187,000 hectares are cultivation land.

Water resourcesEdit

The province has 80 dams, 368 wells and 6 water treatment plants.


The province had 4 hospitals, 19 multi-service clinics and 56 treatment rooms.


The province had 187 educational centers.


Administrative divisionsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Office National des Statistiques, Recensement General de la Population et de l’Habitat 2008 Archived 2008-07-24 at the Wayback Machine Preliminary results of the 2008 population census. Accessed on 2008-07-02.
  2. ^ "The official journal of People's Democratic Republic of Algeria" (PDF). SGG Algeria. Retrieved 2007-11-06.