Camping & Campsites in Libya
When it comes to camping, Libya is the place. Huge expanse of sand, beaches and endless desert. Sleeping in the Sahara amidst sand dunes, under a quilt of dazzling stars, is unique, absolutely free, and amazing with some mythical background about the constellations.
Permanent camp sites are available in several places, particularly in the desert. Bringing your own sleeping bag is well recommended, as we neither encourage sharing nor provide them. These camping sites consist of thatched huts with shared shower facilities, a kitchen, small restaurant, fold up tables, and electricity source for your campervan.
Concerned organisations have stressed the need to use these camps only when necessary to reduce the strain put on local water resources. Be prepared to experience some mosquito nuisance, locally reduced by fire-smoke, eating raw garlic or using nets. This is part of the Sahara's wild life, as preserved in the nearby name Waw an-Namus, which means 'the oasis of mosquitoes', due to the small lakes surrounding the extinct volcano.
If you are travelling along the coast of Libya, then camping by the beach is allowed, apparently, only if your vehicle can reach the beach, as you can do in Zuwarah for example. But in areas where the beach is not accessible directly, you must use one of the designated places (see below). Camping in the Sahara is also free and sites are most often chosen by the guides and the desert experts - but you can let them know the places of your choice.
However, desert winter months are very cold at night, and temperature can drop below freezing point (between November and February), and therefore if you are travelling during this period, a good tent and heavy sleeping bags are needed. The recommended time for travel across the desert is between October and April, and most tours to the Acacus region do not take place between the end of May and August.
Normally your guide will set up the tent in a good spot for you, but if you fancy to sleep outside the tent just take your sleeping bag outside and see the ancient world still clutching to the sky. You can always go back inside the tent if the sky seems so close.
Camping along the coast is subject to changes in regulations. According to new Libyan travel regulations, tourists travelling along the coast, from border to border, can camp in a number of designated sites, mostly parking gardens of hotels and youth hostels, for a fee of 10 Libyan dinars. These restrictions probably have disappeared with the ousted regime in 2011, and most likely will be replaced by other restrictions such as "safety" and "land mines".
If you ask us to design an itinerary for you and also request camping to be included, then we will plan your tour so that you will be camping in the approved locations. Some police stations can also allow camping around their compounds, if necessity requires.
Designated Camping Locations:
Desert Camping Sites
There are several camping sites in Fezzan, some of which may no longer be operational, or may become full during certain months, like December and January:
Tkerkiba Camping Site
One of the most popular camping sites in the Sahara, located about 12km southwest of Sabha, off the road to Awbari and Germa. Huts cost about 10 LYD per person with shared bathroom; breakfast about 5L
Adad or Acacus Camp
This is a fixed camp in Adad, Acacus. Only fixed accommodation is offered here. 150 LYD for a double hut. The price includes full facilities (shower, toilet, hot water).
Dar Awiss Campsite; built in the 1998, refurbished in 2006.
The campsite consists of 30 large tents (4,50 x 3,50 m), each of which has a wooden floor and supported through a wooden frame, and covered with golden and blue canvas, to reflect both: the Tuareg's favourite colours and the sky-sand combination of the mysterious surrounding landscape; which may have originally inspired the Tuareg to hold such colours with great respect. Also a large Berber tent, lavishly furnished with traditional cushions and mats, is often used to welcome guests. Each tent comes with a veranda at the front, and an en-suite bathroom with running water and a shower. The use of running water in such critical and harsh conditions did not go unnoticed.
Idri (Adiri) Abandoned Camping Site
The Idri camping site is now deserted, and offers no services. It can however be used as a camping stop in the route from Derj to Sabha. Please avoid leaving bottles and cans behind.
Cyrene Apollo Resort
Hotel & camping complex, Cyrene, Cyrenaica, Eastern Libya.
Camping away from camping sites is free. Camping in camping sites involves paying small fee. Prices vary from camping site to another: