The archaeological sites in Sahara desert and Acacus

8 October 2007

A full day tour on our Toyota 4x4 exploring the Acacus canyons where ancient rivers, now totally dried, were running and where lots of paintings (graffiti) and archaeological findings were discovered. These findings show a Sahara desert completely different than today and populated by farmers and hunters.

Graffiti in the Sahara desert, Acacus, Fezzan, Libya Graffiti in the Sahara desert, Acacus, Fezzan, Libya
Again aboard our 4x4s, we reach another archaeological site with many graffiti sculptured on the rocks, representing the life in the Sahara many thousands of years ago.

 

 

Paintings in the Sahara desert, Acacus, Fezzan, Libya Paintings in the Sahara desert, Acacus, Fezzan, Libya
Today we visit many archaeological sites, one after another, having either graffiti and paintings.

 

Paintings in the Sahara desert, Acacus, Fezzan, Libya
A painting inside a cave on a vertical wall of rock.


 

Graffitis in the Sahara desert, Acacus, Fezzan, Libya

 

Paintings in the Sahara desert, Acacus, Fezzan, Libya Paintings in the Sahara desert, Acacus, Fezzan, Libya
Another site with more paintings, now made with two colors.

 

We stop here for the lunch stop, in the shadow of the big rock in the right of this panoramic picture.

 

Vegetation in the Sahara desert, Libya Vegetation in the Sahara desert, Libya Vegetation in the Sahara desert, Libya
After the lunch, I have a short hike to search for plant life. Here in the picture a pumpkin, with a flower and fruits at different growing stages.

 

Vegetation in the Sahara desert, Libya Vegetation in the Sahara desert, Libya
A flower belonging to the Compositae family (a young and an adult plant).

 

Vegetation in the Sahara desert, Libya Vegetation in the Sahara desert, Libya
Vegetation in the Sahara desert, Libya Other grasses.

 

Vegetation in the Sahara desert, Libya Vegetation in the Sahara desert, Libya
On the left: an acacia. Above: a poisonous tree.


 

Acacus, Sahara, desert, Libya Acacus, Sahara, desert, Libya
Acacus, Sahara, desert, Libya Acacus, Sahara, desert, Libya
Acacus, Sahara, desert, Libya
Again on our 4x4s to continue our safari. The landscape changes constantly from valley to valley.

 

Me walking in the sun. Picture by Federico.

 

Acacus, Sahara, desert, Libya
Bizzarre shaped rocks in the heart of Acacus.

 

 

Chamaleon, Sahara desert, Libya Chamaleon, Sahara desert, Libya
A small reptile, probably a chamaleon.

 

Panoramic views from an hilltop.

 

 

A natural arch.


 

A rock having multiple minerals of different colors inside.

 

Huge insects near the campsite. My hand gives the feeling of the size. Photo courtesy of Barbara from Lybia travel group.

 

Camping in the Sahara desert, Libya
The day ends in this beautiful valley where we pitch up our tents.

 

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