I am in the process of planning my next big trip and will be traveling with my father. Recently, it came up that the best oranges he ever had were in Algeria when he was drove through there in the early 1970s and we started exploring a trip to North Africa from Morocco to Tunisia (for a start). I've traveled extensively in other areas of the world, but this would be my first time to the African continent. I'm pretty hardy when it comes to travel conditions and savvy enough to stay out of trouble.
My main concerns are logistics and what to see. I know that he would like to visit Oran and Algiers, and I would like to see the true desert. At this point, I am thinking that we will fly into Tunisia, visit there, then make our way to Algeria, make our way to Oran, and then take a boat to Spain (since the border is closed to Morocco), and then another boat to Morocco from Spain.
A couple of specific questions:
1) What options are available from Tunisia to Algeria?
2) What part of the desert is going to have that golden combination of remote/accessible/secure, and how to get there?
3) Travel between the cities: What sorts of buses are available and what is the bus system like? Is this appropriate for two clearly western tourists or is it advisable to look at other transportation options?
4) What's the price of a cup of mint tea?
5) Are there any areas known for orange groves, and if so what is the season for them like? At the moment, I'm thinking sometime between March and April next year.
I realize this is pretty broad, so if there are any clarification questions, please let me know and I will try and fill them in as much as possible. :) Thank you in advance!