Photography and text from : Mumbles Head
Despite the difficulties of trying to convince the authorities to issue you with a visa, Algeria is well worth the effort to get there. It is a strikingly diverse country with a generous and warm-hearted people.
My trip was to the south of the country in February, winter being the best time to visit the Sahara. The goal was Jebel Tahat, the highest mountain in Algeria and the fourth highest in the Sahara, from whose summit the views out over the desert are stunning.
On reflection now, my unspoken goal was Assekrem, refuge of the ascetic monk Charles de Foucald, who spoke so eloquently of the view from his refuge, with its forest of mountain spires. The sunsets are just stunning, bathing the mountains and desert in rich yellows and reds.
It is no wonder that despite the limitations of the tourist industry in Algeria, sunsets there attract a wide diversity of visitors, from both within Algeria and from across Europe. Worth the climb down the hillside in the fading darkness, but don’t forget to pack a torch!