National Park is an extensive protected reserve that protects
unique biosphere of Ahaggar Mountains. It covers 3,800 km² in
the South Algeria. Ahaggar National Park is located in the South Algeria and
cover large expanse of Ahaggar Mountains in the Sahara Desert Highlands.
Bizarre and picturesque shapes of the mountains were formed due to
volcanic activity centuries ago. Its highest point is Mount Tahat at an
elevation of 2918 meters above seal level.
Climate in Ahaggar National Park is continental. It is
hot and dry in summers, while in winters the temperature might drop
below freezing. Keep in mind that nights in Sahara desert are generally
speaking very cold. Even after hottest day temperature can drop
Ahaggar National Park was historically inhabited by
Tuareg tribes. Their kingdom known as Kel Ahaggar was established in the
middle of the 18th century. In 1903 like much of North Africa, Tuareg
came to a protectorate of France. Many French priests and monks came
here to preach Gospel, help people or simply leave in solitude among
foreign and beautiful Ahaggar mountains. The most famous resident of Ahaggar
National Park was French Catholic father Charles Eugène de Foucauld founder of Little Brothers of
Jesus. He became locally known as a wise and descent man who helped
people of all religions and walks of life. Unfortunately on December 1, 1916 father Charles was shot and killed by passing Bedouins.
He was beatified on 13 November 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI.