Ghat
Location: 450 miles south of Ghadames


Suggested Itineraries:
Deserts and Romans
 

A Tuareg desert town at the entrance to the Acacus, deep in the Libyan Sahara, Ghat once enjoyed prominence as a trading post for caravans crossing the desert, and was active a thousand years ago. The old town is now mainly deserted, the population having moved into a newer area of Ghat, and is dominated by a picturesque Italian fort. Ghat may be reached by either a tarmac road from Sebha or through the desert from Ghadames alongside the Algerian border. (See under Ghadames for pictures of this route.)

An annual festival takes place in Ghat during December, a colourful ritual of Tuareg song and dance.


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Old Town and Fort

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Old Town and Fort

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Italian Fort

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Ghat Mosques
old and new

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Tuareg vendors.

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