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Camel Safari Tours A, B & C

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  • Safari A
  • Group Tours
  • Safari B
  • Safari C
  • Prices & Services

Customisable itinerary: all our tours are 100% customisable: dates, duration and services.
Itinerary Details: for independent travellers and groups:

camel trekking in the desert

Itinerary Code:  CST29
Duration:  15 Days

camel safari

The word safari is African in origin. It is found in Berber (Tamazight) safer ('travel'), and in Swahili -safar ('journey').  It appears that the word itself had traveled from Africa to Asia, where it entered Arabic as assafer ('travel'). From Asia the word farther traveled across the borders to reach England rather lately in 1890 as safari, with the meaning of "an expedition or tour, especially in Africa, for hunting or observing animals." In contrast, today's Apple's Safari is used to surf the Internet.

Day 1

 

Travel the Sahara desert the way early pioneers did: on camels, surrounded by mystery, silence and total peace, and experience the Tuareg's way of life and travel. If you have not done this before, don't worry, as your caravan leader will show you how to kindly handle your desert-ship. These safari trips are suitable for individuals, groups or for the whole family to enjoy. There are various routes for trekking tours which you choose and customise, mostly follow the following sites:

The first route starts from Awaynat - then heads for Acacus via Adad - Awiss - then Ramlet Wan Casa and on to Wadi Tashwinat. (See CST29A: this page: 15 days).

The second starts from Awaynat - the haunted rock fortress of Idinen (or the Fortress of Ghosts, north of Ghat) - Albir Assakhen (the Hot Well or Spring) - Tin Lalen - Wadi Tashwinat - Acacus. See tab Safari C (CST29B: 12 days).

The third route is really magical: exploring the lakes of the Awbari Sand Sea, from one lake to another, across the sand dunes. Truely unique experience. See tab Safari C (CST29C: 10 days).


 



Upon arrival in Tripoli you will be met by your guide, who will complete the entry formalities for you, and escort you to your hotel. An afternoon walk along Tripoli's shore, then explore the busy city centre.


Day 2



Morning visit to the Assaraya Alhamra Museum for a virtual tour of Libya's history; followed by a walk around the Old Medina. Then head for Tripoli Airport for the flight to Sabha. Transfer to the hotel.


Days 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13:



Today you will begin your Acacus adventure driving from Sabha to Awayant. You will meet your safari leader and start your camel trekking by learning how to ride and handle your desert ship, and prepare for your camel trekking adventure across the spectacular landscape of Acacus and its unique valleys. From now on you will be camping in the desert.

  1. Awaynat - Adad,
  2. Adad - Awiss
  3. Awiss - Yehideen - Ighaher Mellen (the White Valley)
  4. Ighaher Mellen - Tin Lalen
  5. Tin Lalen - Inidee (drawings) - In-Taharin (more drawings) - Tashwinat (more drawings)
  6. Wadi Tashwinat
  7. Wadi Tashwinat - Ih Rekka
  8. Ih Rekka - anshal
  9. Tanshalt - Afozedzhar (Afozedhar or Forzhaga Arch)
  10. Awaynat

 

Day 14



Today you will begin your journey back to civilisation and head for Sabha, for the flight to Tripoli, transfer to the hotel.


Day 15

 

Transfer to Tripoli International Airport for the flight home, or drive to the Tunisian border.

 

 

 

How this holiday makes a difference?

We are a Libyan tourism company operating from Libya, we employ local services, and all our camping staff, drivers and desert experts are locals. This means that all operational costs of our tours pour directly into the Libyan economy, and booking your holiday directly with us would make a big difference to all of us in Libya. We provide real experience holidays by arranging for our visitors to meet and mix with the local people, camp and stop anywhere they like, customise their itineraries, attend cultural events and festivals where applicable, and visit local families and try traditional foods. To help preserve and support our local culture and heritage we have provided comprehensive guides and free coverage in our website of local festivals, crafts, industries, rock art galleries, and have created Libya's first online museum of Libyan museums for the world to see and visit, free of charge. Needless to say Libya's archaeological sites are nearly empty most of the time and thus provide a unique and private touring experience.

 

 


 

camel trekking in the desert

Itinerary Code:  CST29
Duration:  from 10 Days

 

Small Group Tours

Unlike most tour companies we have no minimum requirement to take part in our tours. You can come along by yourself, with a friend, or with a group of friends. Coming with a friend nearly halves the price of your tour.

You can also take part in a group tour if you prefer group tours and if there are groups matching your specifications (date, destinations, etc.) which you can join.

If you are just looking for an operator to put together an itinerary for your private group, then we will be delighted to design a program to suit your needs.

 

 


Customisable itinerary: yes: all our tours are 100% customisable.
Itinerary Details:

camel trekking in the desert

Itinerary Code:  CST29B
Duration:  12 Days

 

camel elgance, running with pride

 

This safari trip, similar to to CST29A (Camel Trekking Program A), is designed for those who want to spend more time in Acacus and less in the road from Tripoli, and therefore reducing the cost by 3 days. The journey starts from Tripoli - a direct flight to Sabha - then drive to Awaynat (then and/or to Ghat) for the night. Trekking starts on the following morning for full 7 days, before returning to Sabha, then to Tripoli.

Day 1

 

Arrival at Tripoli Airport (or via the Tunisian border) and transfere to the hotel. An evening walk and meal in Tripoli.

 

Day 2

 

Flight to Sabha, then drive to Awbari, Awaynat (and/or to Ghat) for the night - depending on time of arrival. The exact stops and minor details are all customisable.

 

Days 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9:

 

  1. You will begin your trekking tour from Ghat - Tanezzouft (near the Fortress of Ghosts) - night at Tenezzouft
  2. Tin Ghlashoun - Tin Lalen - night at Tin Lalen
  3. Tin Lalen - Inidee - Tin Tahar - night at Tin Tahar
  4. Tin Tahar - Wadi Tashwinat - night at Tashwinat
  5. Trekking across Tashwinat - Tin Khliqa (Tin Halega) - night at Tin Khliqa
  6. Tin Khliqa - Ih Rekka - night at Ih Rekka
  7. Ih Rekka - Afozedzhar (Afozedhar or Forzhaga Arch): the giant stone natural arch.

 

Day 10

Drive back to Sabha for the flight back to Tripoli, transfere to the hotel.

Day11

 

Morning drive to visit Leptis Magna. Return to Tripoli for the night.

 

Day12

 

Departure & farewell.

 

 

 


Customisable itinerary: yes: all our tours are 100% customisable
Itinerary Details:

awbari lake in the sahara
Itinerary Code:  CST29C
Duration:  10 Days

This camel trekking tour is designed entirely around the Awbari Lakes, crossing, on camel, from one lake to the other, and crossing from one sand dune to the other over a period of seven days. Please note that although some like to camp just by the lakes, you are advised to camp away from the actual lakes, to avoid the annoying mosquitoes that thrive by the water. This is a wonderful experience to sleep 5 nights beneath the desert's sky watching an amazing display of dazzling stars and clusters of mythical constellations.

 

Day 1

 

Arrival at Tripoli Airport (or via the Tunisian border) and transfer to the hotel. An evening walk and meal in Tripoli.

 

Day 2

 

Flight to Sabha, then drive to nearby Tkerkiba for the night in the camp.

 

Days 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

  1. H'ofret H'alimah Lake, about 10km from Tkerkiba, then continue trekking towards Mah'rouga Lake for the night.
  2. Mah'rouga - Gaberoun Lake, about 15km, night nearby Gaberoun lake.
  3. Gaberoun lake - Mafo, about 15 km, then camping at Arramla, after Mafo.
  4. Mafo - Umm Almaa, between 15 and 20 km, night nearby.
  5. Umm Almaa - Mandara, night at Arramla
  6. Arramla - Tkerkiba - then Sabha, for the evening flight to Tripoli.

 

awbari lake in the sahara

 

Day 9

 

Morning drive to Leptis Magna. Return to Tripoli for the night.

Ubari lakeUbari lakeUbari lakeUbari lake

 

Day10

 

Departure & farewell.

a family of camels

 


Prices & Services

camel trekking in the desert

Itinerary Code:  CST29
Duration:  from 10 Days

 

Set Your Own Price

Generally speaking we are committed to providing good tours at reasonable price without compromising on quality. In fact our system allows you the freedom to pay for the quality level you require.

There are various factors that can affect the price. For example, some visitors want 4-star hotels, others want 3-star hotels, while there are those who prefer to use hostels or camp in the open beneath the desert's stars. Some tourists want food included in the price, while others prefer to travel light. The time chosen to visit Libya will also influence the costs, as heavy demand on scarce services tends to push the price up of some services like hotels.

Travel companies that offer fixed price tours tend to mandate the same services on the whole group, regardless of personal preferences. We are dedicated to offering quality services based on personal needs. Once you get in touch with us regarding a particular tour or itinerary, we will contact you to discuss the exact services you require and then set a price for your tour based on those preferences.

This means that it is you who decides the price by choosing to pay only for the services you require.

 

Basic Services:

  • Libyan visa on arrival
  • Airport/border formalities & transfers
  • Passport registration
  • Guide & his full costs
  • Advertised or agreed itinerary
  • Private air-conditioned transport
  • Desert transport & expert (where applicable)
  • Internal flights (where shown in program)

Extra Services:

  • Accommodation in 3-star and/or 4-star hotels
  • Accommodation in hostels
  • Camping fees and fixed camping sites charges
  • Food (full board or half board. Breakfast is included in all hotel prices)
  • Museum & archaeological sites entrance fees
  • Museum & archaeological guides
  • Any other request not listed in the above basic required services list

Price does not include any of the following services:

  • Vehicle charges & taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Photography fees
  • Personal expenditure & souvenirs
  • Anything else not specified in the above services list

 

 
Payment Details

 

Cash: full payment is required in Euro on arrival, with the option to pay in advance if preferred. If you cannot pay in Euro, then the next preferred currency is US Dollar or British Pound. The amount shown in Libyan Dinars (if any) is the amount to pay on arrival, converted to Euro currency according to the rates of exchange current at the time of paying.

ATM's: if for any reason you cannot bring cash with you, then you can use your credit card to withdraw cash from ATM's, which are found only in the major cities, airports, like Tripoli and Benghazi, and a few other towns.

Bank Transfer: if you prefer to pay in advance, then we can arrange for you to pay via bank transfer, where you can pay from your bank account directly into our bank account in Libya.

Travellers cheques are becoming part of the past in Libya and can be very hard to find a bank that accepts them. However, when you do find a bank that accepts them, then you need to provide a document showing your name(s) and the list of the cheques' serial numbers, normally obtained from the bank that issued the cheques. If you are bringing any travellers cheques with you, please make sure you obtain this document from your bank.

 

 

Deposit Payment:

 

The amount to pay differs from one case to another. You will be notified via email during negotiations of how much deposit you need to pay, if any. Usually there is no deposit to pay.

No deposit or advance payment is required from independent and private travellers as long as there are no hotel bookings required. Hotels in Libya will not confirm bookings without payment. Hostels in Libya do not accept bookings.

For groups arriving together as part of one group organised by another tour operator or a travel agent, then there will be no deposit to pay. Full payment must be made on arrival by the tour leader. If hotel bookings are required, then a deposit to cover the hotel reservation may be necessary, depending on the category of hotels chosen.

No deposit is required from individuals booking a place in one of our group tours if booking is made three months or more before arrival; but if booking is made within three months of travel, then we require a deposit payment to guarantee the tour for the other members of the group.