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Acacus (Akakus) Travel Routes


map of acacus (Akakous)

Trekking in Acacus is fast becoming one of the main tour types in the region. To access Acacus one can either fly to Ghat and enter the southern region of Acacus on foot, or drive from Sabha to Awaynat (via Tkerkiba and Germa) and then head south via Awiss and Adad to Wan Casa and eventually Tashwinat. Or one can continue towards Kaf Aljonoun then drive towards Ghat, before entering Acacus from the south. The northern part of the Acacus mountain is known as Awiss, and the southern part is Tadrart Acacus. There are several trekking routes to cross the mountains from the Awiss region to Ghat:

 

 

 

Acacus Route 1

Awaynat - Acacus:
Sabha - Germa - Ubari - Awaynat - Adad - Awiss - Tin Lallen - Talwawt - Wadi Tashwinat - the home of more than 100 valleys.

Ghat - Acacus:
Ghat is too close to the Algerian border and therefore we always recommend entering Acacus via Awaynat. However, the main routes from Ghat and Tanezuft are:

  • Ghat > Wadi Tenetfat > Wadi Atkarni > Wan Amil > Wadi Tashwinat.
  • Ghat > -al-Fawar (Wadi Tanezuft) > Wadi Adar n Dzhalko > Tissatin > Tin Lalen.
  • Ghat > Wadi Tanezuft > Wadi In Aghallasham > Tihe n Awiss Pass > Awiss.

 

 

 

 

Acacus Route 2:

This is a classic route starts from Germa (or Tkerkiba) and heads south towards Wadi Metkhandoush, then across Wan Casa to Acacus, before ending in Ghat at the far west of the country.

  • Germa > Wadi Berjuj > Idhan Murzug sand dunes.
  • Messak Settafet > Metkhandoush > Abahoha Pass > Wan Casa (Kaza) sand dunes.
  • Cross to Acacus Mountain > Imrekkah > Iminnegh (water well) > Afazajar Arch > Wadi Tashwinet.
  • Tin Khalega Arch > Tin Newen > Tin Asheekh Caves > Tin Lalen > Aghahar Mellen (the White Valley or River).
  • Awiss > Adad (finger shaped monolith) > Awaynat > Aghrem n Udadan.
  • Maghidet and Maghatghat (forest-like rocks) > Titeghsen > Eboulal (nomad settlement) > In Dinan (the haunted mountain).
  • Ghat.

 

 

 

 

Acacus Route 3

  • Tkerkiba > Wadi Barjuj > Wadi Metkhandosh > Wan Ghajwil
  • Wan Ghajwil > Wadi Barjuj
  • Wadi Barjuj   > Germa > Sebha

 

 

 

 

Acacus Route 4

  • Day 1: Germa > Awaynat > Wadi Alabyad > Tlalah.
  • Day 2: Talalah > Wadi Tashwinet   > Awaynat > Germa.

 

 

 

Acacus Route 5

This route runs in the opposite direction to route 2, starting from Ghat and ending at Tkerkiba camp:

  • Ghat > Jabel Takharkhuri (in the far south).
  • Takharkhuri  > Wadi Tanshalt > Wadi Tashwinet.
  • Wadi Tashwinet > Wan Casa  > Messak Mellet.
  • Messak Mellet > Idhan Murzuq > Alghomode (Lgammudi, by Wadi Berjuj) > Wadi Metkhandoush.
  • Wadi Metkhandoush > Wadi Arrassan > Tkerkiba.

 

 

 

 

Acacus Route 6

  • Ghat > Tadrart Acacus > Takharkhuri.
  • Takharkhuri > Adad (cave paintings).
  • Adad > Awaynat > Ramlat Dawada > Gaberoun > Umm Almaa, Mandara.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acacus Route 7

  • Awaynat - Adad - Awiss - Tin Lalen - Tissateen - Tilwawt
  • Tilwawt - Wadi Tashwinat -  Wadi Anshal - Wan Casa
  • Wan Casa - Messaks - Habeter - Ghunjuan - Wadi Metkhandoush - Idehan Murzuq

  • Idehan Murzuq - Metkhandoush - Germa (or Tkerkiba) - Sabha

 

 

 

 

Acacus Route 8

This route starts from Ghadames and cuts across to Ghat and then Acacus, the Lakes and Germa:

  • Ghadames > Bir Annadarah
  • Bir Annadarah > Ala'tshan > Bir Alalo
  • Bir Alalo > Ramlet Addiwanah > Ghat
  • Ghat > Takharkhurii > Anshel > Wadi Tanshalt   > Wadi Tashwinet
  • Tashwinet > Adadd > Awaynat
  • Awaynat > Ubari Lakes > Germa

 

 

 

 

Crossing Libya Across the Sahara from Tunisia to Egypt via Acacus & Tazerbu

  • Ras Jdayr > Zuwarah > Nalut > Ghadames
  • Daraj > (off road to) Alhamada Alhamra > Adiri
  • Sabha > Germa > the Lakes > Awaynat (Serdeles)
  • Acacus > Wadi Metkhandoush > Wadi Annay > Tajerhy
  • Elwighe > Waw Al-Kabeer > Waw Annamus
  • Rebyana > Tazerbu
  • Jalu > Jaghboub
  • Tobruk > Egypt.

    With the following variations from Wan Annamous:
  • . . . Waw Annamus > Bezzima > Alkufrah > Awjeela > Jaghboub > Tobruk > Egypt.
  • . . . Waw Annamus > Hun > Ajdabiya > Banghazi > Tolmeita > Cyrene > Apollonia > Tobruk > Egypt.
  • . . . Waw Annamus > Hun > Waddan > Surt > Banghazi > Tolmeita > Cyrene > Apollonia > Tobruk > Egypt.

 

 

 

 

Waw Annamous

  • Sabha > Zwila (Zuwaylah) > Timessa.
  • Ben Gnaima Mountain (pre-historic paintings and engravings) > Waw Elkabeir > Waw Annanous.
  • Waw Annamous (the inactive volcano, the four lakes, dinner and overnight on the sand dunes).
  • Waw Annamous > Timessa > Murzuq (camping near Murzuq)
  • Murzuq (castle and the old city) > Tkerkiba or Sabha.

 

map of roads around Sabha and to Waw Annamous, south Libya

 

 

 

 

 

Some Distances (approximately)

Ghadames - Awaynat Wanin (410 km)
Awaynat Wanin - Idri (140 Km)
Ghadames – Ghat (750 km)
Ghat - Acacus (Takharkhuri) (70 Km)

Sabha - Wadi Berjuj (330 km)
Wadi Berjuj  - Germa (180 km)
Germa - Gabroun (80 km)
Wadi Adad - Gabroun (430km)
Gabroun - Murzuk (170 km)
Gabroun - Wadi Zellaf (120 km)

Metkhandoush - Germa - Gebroun (220 km)
Murzuk - Waw AlKabeer- Waw Annamous (500 km)
Sabha - Zilla - Tmissah - Waw Alkabeer (500 km)
Waw Alkabeer - Waw Annamous (165 km)