Whilst camel treks and trailbike safaris (photos 4,5) are two of the options on offer for getting around the Akakus, most people will spend their time here in a 4x4. Toyotas are favourite choice of the Tuareg drivers who operate in the area - Land Cruisers for the client and pickups for the gear. Some of the time you'll be driving on a hard piste...more
PermitsA permit is essential for any tourist vehicle wishing to travel within the Jebel Akakus. These permits are only issued to a minimum of two vehicles. Independent convoys are required to be accompanied by an official guide. Your Libyan travel agent will arrange this for you.When to goExtreme summer heat and bitterly cold winter nights mean the...more
The road from Sebah to Ghat (the main access route to the Jebel Akakus) passes through a string of small towns, the largest of which is Germa. Apart from being the biggest of the towns in the Wadi al-Hayat, the town, as it appears from the road, doesn't seem to be any more than yet another sleepy outpost with perhaps a few more amenities than the...more
We came to Ghat after a 4 days desert crossings from Ghadames along the Algerian border. From Ghat we headed south to visit the spectacular Acacus area. From the Acacus we another route to El Uwainat
We made the trip with three 4WDs and one pick-up of a touragency, based in Ghadames. The four local drivers were very experienced to find their way in the desert and to drive their cars under difficult circumstances. We had hardly any mechanical problems en route except with one car. We had to push this car every time after we made a stop, so the nigth before the driver drove it at a slope if availiable.
We brought enough fuel and water. The drivers used the pickup for the water tanks, but also to transport the fire wood they pick up along the pistes.