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Paranormal Holiday

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

a roman building from leptis magna

Itinerary Code:   PH13
Duration: 13 Days Tour

idinen haunted mountain in Fezzan Libya

Although Libya has a number of unusual places that mystified the minds of locals, scholars and travellers, and is the home of jinn-related lore and stories going back thousands of years, somehow it failed to make it to Lonely Planet's list of paranormal travel sites, such as Area 51 in Nevada, Bermuda Triangle, or the nearby Pyramids of Egypt.

The alien-like rock art of Acacus illustrates a kind of mysterious mythology of strange creatures, including figures with no heads; others with round heads and wearing alien-like masks; some with one eye; an antelope with an elephant's body; tall and skinny figures, involved in some kind of strange ceremonies; and some bizarre rituals and compositions that led many writers to associate the area with ancient alien landings, just as they alleged with Area 51.

As a result we have decided to design this tour specifically for those who are interested in paranormal holidays. This tour includes a visit to the famous Mountain of Ghosts near the Acacus mountains in the far south of Libya - an area very much alien in both: appearance and atmosphere; as well as a visit to another site in Nafousa Mountain, where cars move up the road (uphill) with the engine turned off.

As many of the unexplained phenomenon turn out to have (unknown) scientific explanations, this one appears to involve some form of magnetism or an unknown earth force that works on objects like metal and even water, but has no effect on humans - that is if you stand still you will not be dragged uphill involuntarily! Imagine the thought?

 

Day 1

 

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. Depending on time of arrival, you will explore some of Tripoli's main sites of interest, like Assaraya Alhamra Museum (the National Museum), the Old City and its network of narrow, roofed-streets, arches and covered souks, and the Arch of Marcus Aurelius.

 

Day 2

 

Site 1

Cars move uphill with engine turned off!

Today you will leave the capital and head for Nafousa Mountain, beginning with Yefren, a drive along its cliffs to see some of its ancient and mountain-top villages, then back to the main road again and continue towards your first paranormal stop, which we call " Earth-Force-1", where you can see how a car can go uphill with the engine turned off. Explore this strange landscape, take some photos or videos, then back to the main road.

The following video is the property of Temehu.com. It is taken in an area which appears to have some form of earth force or magnetic force capable of pulling metal objects, like cars and lorries, up the hill. The video is 100% real and shows the car moving by itself up the road with the engine turned off and without a driver. As soon as you remove the handbrake, the car will start speeding up, forcing you to jump in after a short distance and pull the handbrake to stop the car. The car seems to gradually veer to the left of the road, indicating that the force is coming more from the left side of the road.

 

 

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It is clearly visible behind the car that the road is actually coming up and not just an illusion. You would expect the car to reverse if you let the handbrake loose; but it moves up the road instead! Well, that is not normal.

Earth-Force-1, a site of mysterious earth force where cars go up the hill with engine turned off.

Continue to Kabaw or Nalut for the night.

 

Days 3 & 4


Today you will spend some time exploring Nalut, before continuing to Ghadames, and transfer to the hotel. On the following day you will explore the oasis town of Ghadames, visit Ras Al-Ghoul.



Days 5, 6, 7, 8

 

Early morning drive to Tkerkiba via Sabha. In the following morning you will begin the drive towards the second mysterious site: the Mountain of the Jinn or the Fortress of the Ghosts.

 

Site 2

Kaf Ajnoun (Cave of The Jinn)

The Jinn Mountain:

The haunted natural rock Fortress of Ghosts or the Cave of the Jinn is located in the southern region of Libya, about 25 km north of Ghat. It is bordered by Wadi Tanezuft along the east and the Algerian border from the west. The Idinen summit is about 1280 metres high, and is an offshoot of the mountains nearby. The trail from the Algerian border side of the mountain, from Wadi Meggedet to Ghat, allows an excellent view of this strange mountain. In fact Wadi Meggedet itself is also the home of some bizarre rock formations of massive sculptures of unusual formations.

 

acacus alien looking rocks

Wadi Meggedet

 

Idinen mountain

 

In North African lore a jinni is an invisible spirit believed to inhabit the subterranean earth and can appear in the form of a human or any other animal. There are so many stories in Libyan folklore about humans whom you might meet during the course of life, talk to, and walk with but in reality they are not humans! According to the explorer Hugh Clapperton, who visited the area in 1822, some of the inhabitants of the mountain, apparently with red hair, were heard to beat their drums at night and fire their musquets. Looking like a hunted citadel crowned with a magical fortress-like summit the mountain was thus assumed to be the abode of mythical beings. According to Berber Tuareg mythology the Devil's Hill was once a "Hall of Council" were genies met to discuss their affairs. Locals and travellers have reported hearing strange sounds coming from the mountain and there are various strange stories about encounters with other beings. 
For more on this please see https://www.temehu.com/Cities_sites/kaf-ajnoun.htm .

Owing to stories like these and similar other strange tales, it is often difficult, if not impossible, to get the locals to go up the mountain with tourists, and therefore you should be prepared to do the ascent without any local guide. The guide and the driver would set up camp at the base of the mountain and wait for your safe return. This tour includes a sightseeing tour of the sight and the surrounding area and does not include a climb to the summit.

 

 



Site 3

From The Para-Normal To The Extra-Ordinary & Alien Gods

Prehistoric Saharan alien-looking figures and ceremonies

 

The third part of the holiday will introduce you to the paranormal activity recorded on the surface of rocks and dark caves by our prehistoric ancestors thousands of years ago, in what is known as anthropomorphic art. The subject of many of these prehistoric paintings is somewhat mysterious and strongly suggests a kind of strange mythology, rich in headless figures, one-eyed heads, round-headed aliens-looking forms, fabulous animals (such as an antelope with an elephant's body), and some bizarre abstract formations that rival the natural basalt and sand-stone formation of the Acacus mountains; which some writers linked with alien visitors who allegedly visited the Sahara in the past.

Of course, this not-out-of-Africa view negatively assumes local Africans to have been incapable of such advanced art in such distant past, and instead attributes the culture to some aliens from outer space. But the fact remains that these drawings are human-made, drawn by our early African ancestors, probably in relation to some visions they had in their dreams, or in relation to some religious rituals and tasks. No one can tell us what went-on on their minds at such a distant point in time, but the subject is more likely to have been based on mythical expressions and ritualistic-dance masks, rather than Von D?niken's extraterrestrial space crafts and chariots of the gods.

 

Day 9

 

Today you will head for Sabha and take the flight back to Tripoli, and then an evening flight from Tripoli to Benghazi, transfer to the hotel.

 

Day 10

 

Site 4

The Ancient Cyrenaican Slontah Grotto:

the site of somewhat hideous disembodied heads
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slontah grotto temple, strange stone sculptures and figures

 

Slontha Grotto is an ancient Libyan temple dating to the pagan period before the Greek occupation of Cyrenaica, and located high in the Green Mountain's groves among many other caves, totally hidden for thousands of years. The temple is rich in carvings of strange faces, unusual human figures and animals, disembodied heads, and bizarre and deformed bodies engraved directly onto the rocks. From the images presented it is probably safe to assume that the sculptures were carved in association with the worship of the dead and more probably in relation to the Snake-goddess.
Pleas see https://www.temehu.com/Cities_sites/slontah.htm for details.

Continue to Cyrene for the night.

 

 

Day 11

 

A quick tour of the Greek site of Cyrene, then continue towards the final site in this tour.

Site 5


The Pothole of Cyrene

 

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For more information please see
https://www.temehu.com/Cities_sites/the_big_hole_of_cyrene.htm

 

 

Day 12

 

Morning drive to Benghazi for the flight to Tripoli, transfer to the hotel.

 

Day 13


Departure & farewell.


 

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.




 

a roman building from leptis magna

Itinerary Code:   PH13
Duration: 13 Days Tour

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.

 

 

 



Accommodation

a roman building from leptis magna

Itinerary Code:   PH13
Duration: 13 Days Tour

Hotels are optional. They will be included in the price if requested. Independent travellers can pick and choose their hotels as they go.

 

Hotels in Libya

If 3-star hotels were requested or included in the price then we normally use the best ones available, like Al Andalus hotel in Tripoli,? Severus hotel in Leptis Magna, and Dar Germa in Germa.

If 4-star hotels were requested or included in the price then we must inform you that these hotels can be found only in Tripoli, Benghazi and one in Ghadames. For example, we can use Alkendi hotel or the Grand Hotel (Alkabir) in Tripoli, or Almanara hotel in Apollonia; but we can use any hotel of your choice and calculate the price accordingly.

We are not affiliated with any of these hotels, and we only recommend those hotels with proven good customer feedback. We also do like the traditional style and Berber designs employed in the construction of  some hotels, like El-Khan and Zumit hotels in Tripoli and the grand Dar Ghadames hotel in Ghadames for their traditional styles that reflect the local culture as well as for their high standards and to allow our visitors to experience something different to the usual hotels.? However, you are always welcome to suggest any other hotel you like, and where there are no bookings requested or confirmed?in advance we do allow our? visitors to pick and choose their hotels as they go, after arrival, but availability during season cannot be guaranteed without booking in advance. However, if you are not specific about a particular hotel, then there are plenty of good hotels to choose from.

 

Camping Sites in Libya

Camping sites wherever to be found are also locally managed and provide basic services. Where camping sites cannot be found, your guide can either find a suitable and safe place for you to camp, or take you to the nearest hotel that provides camping places for a small fee. Some desert camping sites can be very expensive, up to 250 Libyan Dinar per a tent, and therefore these are often not included in our budget tours.   We do however provide our own tents (small and large) and other camping equipment like mats, mattresses and blankets (all new) for free camping; but we do not recommend sharing nor do we provide sleeping bags, unless on request.

 

Hostels in Libya

If hostels were requested in the program, then the quality of the service expected is provided as is. We cannot reserve rooms in hostels as there are no reservation services. Please refer to our guide to hostels in Libya for more information.

 





Prices & Services

 

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

a roman building from leptis magna

Itinerary Code:   PH13
Duration: 13 Days Tour

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.