Oued Zouzfana

Oued Zouzfana is an intermittent river, or wadi, that flows through the Oriental region in southeastern Morocco and Béchar Province[1] [2] in southwestern Algeria.[3]

Oued Zouzfana
Oued Zouzfana in January 1913
CountriesAlgeria and Morocco
Physical characteristics
  locationSaharan Atlas Mountains north of Figuig
Oued Saoura at Igli
498 m (1,634 ft)


The Oued Zouzfana originates in the Atlas Mountains north of the town of Figuig, flows south past Figuig and Béni Ounif, then turns southwest through Taghit and finally to Igli, where it merges with the Oued Guir to form the Oued Saoura.[3] Oued Zouzfana passes by jbel Sidi Youssef which is located to the south of Figuig. The inhabitants of Figuig still cultivate date palms. Sometimes there are floods of this river. This phenomenon, if we may call it that; Mainly because the Oued Zouzfana is not always carrying water with large quantities, occurs even when there is no rain in the region, since the cause of the flood is far from Figuig and near East side of the Atlas mountains range.


  1. Rand McNally, The New International Atlas, 1993.
  2. Defense Mapping Agency, 1981.
  3. Merzougui, Touhami. "L'eau dans l'oasis de Béni Abbés : un patrimoine essentiel (Vallée de la Saoura, Sud Ouest algérien)" (PDF). Nature Vivante. Retrieved 21 February 2013.

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