Adventure into Libya and discover a gem of a destination, where tourists are welcomed, but before the tourism juggernaut has landed. Visit Tripoli, where the fusion of Mediterranean and Arab-Islamic histories and the stamp of dictatorships past and present are all around. Mussolini may have departed, but Tripoli still serves up a fine espresso. Trek into the desert on a 4WD adventure through moon-like volcanic landscapes and into the dramatic sands of the Sahara. From the relics of the Roman Empire at Leptis Magna to the lush oasis of the Ubari Dunes, Libya offers the Intrepid traveller a rich tapestry of dazzling experiences.
Day 1 Tripoli
Spectacular and exotic, Tripoli is home to some of the most diverse desert scenery on the planet. Stroll through the sprawling medina where spice and gold merchants display their alluring produce. Feast on figs and curried lamb, or kick back with a traditional mint tea.
Day 2 Sabha
Discover the wonders of Tripoli's national museum then take a tour of the city. Visit Sabratha and wander through temples, basilicas and amphitheatres. Take a flight to Sabha, at the edge of the immense Sahara.
Days 3-8 Acacus
Head to the Libyan interior on a five-day trekking adventure to the Acacus Mountains. See the dramatic rock formations and natural archways that define this lunar-like landscape. Dark basalt ridges loom high above wide, valley floors and sweeping vistas can be gained from climbing rocky bluffs and plateaus. Marvel at extraordinary rock art dating back to 10,000 BC and camp amid the sweeping sand dunes, perhaps choosing to fall asleep out under the stars.
Day 9 Ubari
Pass through the Wan Caza dunes on the road to Germa. As the desert oasis of Ubari Lakes appears like a mirage on the horizon, why not take a refreshing dip in the heavenly palm-fringed waters? This will be a desert experience to remember.
Days 10-12 Tripoli
Return to Sabha for a flight back to Tripoli. The next day discover the ancient Roman ruins of Leptis Magna, which was once Africa's greatest Roman city. Stroll the well-preserved colonnaded streets, forums and theatre, then visit the Byzantine Villa Silene before returning to magical Tripoli.