The Acacus
Location: South-western corner of the Libyan Sahara

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Suggested itineraries:  
Jewels of the Desert
Deserts and Romans
Acacus Camel Safari

It is here that the Sahara desert offers up its most glorious gift. An officially designated natural museum, the Acacus region offers spectacular desert and mountain scenery. Rock paintings that extend back 10,000 years depict the development of human societies and the animal life that was once abundant in the Sahara, such as giraffe and elephant. Travel is by 4WD vehicles (camel treks are also available) and nights are spent camping under the stars. A visit to the Acacus is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Tours to the region do not take place between the end of May and August due to the intense daytime heat.

To get to the Acacus, one can either take the tarmac road as far as Ghat, entrance to the region, or experience even more desert travel on a 3-day drive through the Sahara from Ghadames to Ghat alongside the Algerian border (see under Ghadames for pictures).

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