Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma
Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Botanical Garden of Algiers, Algeria History of the Garden In 1831, the French colony began undertaking remediation work on the marshlands in order to cultivate agricultural soil. By 1832, Governor General Antoine Avisard signed a decree that established a test garden in a place called El Hamma, east of Algiers. El Hamma provided a perfect plot for the agricultural plans due to its richness in water and cool climate near the sea. The aim of the garden was to serve as both a model farm and a test garden to install, acclimate and study various imported plant species. The garden’s main function in the beginning was diffusing useful plants for medicinal, economic and commercial purposes before scientific and horticultural activities were adopted. The zoological garden was created in 1900, under the initiative of Dr Joseph Ange who was the correspondent of the Paris Museum. By 1837, the garden’s capacity grew from 5 to 18 hectares with an increase
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Rijeka, Croatia134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A nice park, relatively well kept. Crowded as nearly every public place in Algeria, but then again we are talking about a country that spends a lot of its time outdoors. If you are into picnicking, zoos or similar things, this is your place.
Written January 19, 2020
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Susan S
Canada334 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I enjoyed this park much more than the Notre Dame D'afrique. It's truly a lovely park to wonder around in, enjoying the beautiful old trees and indulging in some people watching. Loved, loved, loved the Dracena avenue.
Written October 14, 2014
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LondonXYZ1973
London, UK285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
France conquered Algeria in 1830 and the French promptly built this park in 1832 modelled (in my personal opinion) on Versailles. It is very well kept and has a wide range of different plants and trees as well as a charming little zoo inside. The park is serene and tranquil and very clean and leads you nicely up to the next sight to see - the museum of arts.
PS while you are there pop into the local metro for a ride back t the centre. It is very efficient and spotlessly clean not to mention very, very cheap. It's much nicer than the Paris metro to be honest!
Written December 29, 2013
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VeronicaWashingtonDC
Washington DC, DC40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013
The garden is beautiful and I imagine it's even more so in spring. Great for walking, picnicking and above all people-watching!!! You can see all kinds of people here from small children running around to old lady-friends holding their hands and exchanging latest gossip :-) There is a nice restaurant in the center of the park and couple of refreshment stands. They also run a small ZOO but it's rather depressing. The Musee des Beaux Arts is right across the street from main entrance.

Attention runners: as much as this park could seem ideal for running (it's large and flat) they don't allow it.
Written February 10, 2013
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Janev_Australia
Sydney, Australia865 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
We spied this garden, while on a half day tour of Algiers, so the next day, we asked our guide to drop us off at the entrance to the gardens after a trip to Tipasa. This is a wonderful garden. The people in the information centre (museum?) within the garden were very helpful to two anglophones. We obtained a guide to the garden and set out to walk. We went to the English section first and then to the French section. The plants and the vistas are really lovely If a garden looks good in winter, it has good 'bones'.. The people in the park were really enjoying themselves and were more than happy to take photos of us! This is a lovely park, well designed and a balm for the soul. One tip for the management of this park - how about some maintenance time spent cleaning up the statues? They are stunning, but a covering of green algae is not a good look!! These gardens are a winner and well worth visiting.
Written May 24, 2012
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Sandyeats
Paris, France227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Friends
It is amazing how wonderful the Jardin remains after years and years, the trees are so high and beautiful, the water mirrors are brilliant. the only bad thing was lack of information , there should be maps and brochures for the plants in the Jardin so you can enjoy its history as much as you enjoy the way they look.

Do not visit the zoo there it is heart breaking, the animals look so unhappy , the lion was moaning instead of roaring :(
Written April 8, 2012
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Foppybell
London, United Kingdom29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
Staying at the Sofitel - this is next door and a 5 min walk to the entrance. 100 DZD entry fee which was well worth it. You could spend all day here if you took a picnic, there are places to eat inside.
Plenty of shaded areas to walk out of the sun and an amazing array of plants and trees. I preferred the French side (despite being a brit) but didn't attend the zoo (just not my thing).
Written May 19, 2017
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Carol H
De Pere, WI1,044 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
Algiers' botanical garden was established in 1832 when the French administration decided to drain a swamp and cultivate plants and trees. Set on 140 acres along the Mediterranean, it enjoys a peaceful atmosphere.

Le Jardin offers the visitor two distinct gardens: a French, and an English garden. The west wing, or French Garden, is located around the central monumental avenue that features a row of palm trees. The English Garden, located in the south-east side, features a small lake, or pond. This area was the backdrop used in filming "Tarzan" in 1932, which starred Johnny Weissmuler. One also finds ornamented sculptures by Emile Gaudissant at various places along the path.

Various alleys, or avenues, such as those of dragon trees, ficus, bamboo and palms crisscross their way across the arboretum and garden. I particularly enjoyed the tunnels created by the interlacing limbs of the dragon trees. Whimsical!

My spouse and I spent a little over an hour wandering while on a Viking shore cruise. Despite it being early February (no flowers were in bloom), it was a peaceful oasis of beauty.
Written March 7, 2017
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travlinman42
Atlanta, GA40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
I was in Algiers as a stop on a Viking cruise and one of the tours took us to this spectacular site for about an hour and a half and it was the highlight of the cruise. It was a Friday (the non-workday of the week in the Muslim world) so this beautiful park built by the French with its wide vistas, fountains and collection of trees and plants from around the world was filled with hundreds of Algerian families ands children who were incredibly friendly and probably as interested to see this throng of 100 Americans and Europeans as we were to interface with them. If we had not been in this park we would not have had a chance for this kind of interface with the Algerians and it was a marvelous experience. Could have spent the whole day there. An interesting fact is that a huge banyan tree in the park was used to film the 1932 Tarzan movie with Johnny Weissmuller - still standing. This place, along with the lovely basilica of Notre Dame de Afrique on the hill overlooking the city are must sees if you are in this historic city. Unfortunately much of the original French architecture of buildings along the sea front are in very bad disrepair as this country struggles with its economy like much of Africa.
Written February 22, 2017
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dtprice
San Diego39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
Great place to spend an afternoon. A large but relatively unkempt park. Plenty of space to get lost but worth a couple of hours. Take the subway and it'll let you off at the main entrance.
Written December 7, 2014
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