Tour in the heart of Acacus massif

7 October 2007

After the first night in a tent (or under the stars for somebody) we enter into Acacus canyons with our 4x4. Here the Sahara desert is dominated by rocky hills and mountains shaped by the nature, a true paradise for geologists.

After the first night in the Acacus, we drive to the most hidden parts of this region, aboard our 4x4s

 

Vegetation in the Sahara desert, Libya
Wide flats alternate to mountains and dunes of orange sands.

 

An acacia.

 

Rock formations in Acacus, Libya
4x4 in the desert The landscape made of orange sands and bizzarre-shaped rocks.

 

Acacus, Sahara desert, Libya Acacus, Sahara desert, Libya
Acacus, Sahara desert, Libya Acacus, Sahara desert, Libya
Acacus, Sahara desert, Libya Acacus, Sahara desert, Libya
We made a short lunch stop in the shadow of one of these rocks. The Libyan drivers have a short nap, as they are still in the middle of Ramadam.

 

The surface of most rocks is strangely irregular, with deep holes.

 

 

We reach the first archaeological site where there are several graffiti (below, a giraffe and an elephant). About 8000 years ago, the Sahara desert was much less dry than today, with running rivers, animals, and populated by people living in natural caves. Later, because of the climate changes, the water dir disappear and the people did move towards more hospitable lands.
Graffiti in the Sahara desert Graffiti in the Sahara desert

 

The Sahara desert in Libya

 

Paintings in the Sahara desert, Libya
Paintings in the Sahara desert, Libya A cave with well preserved ancient paintings.

 

 

Natural stone arc, Sahara desert, Libya Natural stone arc, Sahara desert, Libya
A nice natural formation.


 

Acacus rock desert, Sahara, Libya
Sahara desert, Libya The landscape visible from the big natural stone arch.

 

 

Acacus rock desert, Sahara, Libya
A tent in the Sahara desert
We finally reach a beautiful area where we set up our camp.

 

The shapes on the sand, made more visibile by the warm light of the setting sun.

 

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