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
Wide flats alternate to mountains and dunes of orange sands.
The landscape made of orange sands and bizzarre-shaped rocks.
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.
A cave with well preserved ancient paintings.
A nice natural formation.
The landscape visible from the big natural stone arch.
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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