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Corner of Libya, middle of Sahara

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Ghat, Libya

Ghat, Libya

Ghat is almost as far away as you can get in Libya, and it is very close to the centre of Sahara. Getting out here is perhaps the safest and easiest way to get that far out into the world's largest desert.
The old city is found on a hillside, but as many other places in Libyan Sahara.
The history of Ghat stretches back to the 1st century BCE, first established by the Garamantians (of Germa), as a defense to the south. Ghat was a central post on and important trans-Saharan route, connecting in the north to Ghadames and Tripoli. Ghat was ruled by its own sultan, who was, however, not an independent ruler, but subservient to the sultans of the Ajjer.
Ghat was captured by the French authorities of Algeria following numerous attacks into Algeria around the turn of this century by the local Tuaregs. Even today, many locals speak French.

Ghat, Libya

Not far out of Ghat, the real Sahara begins. Stunning nature with the strangest mountains meet the sand dunes. The beautiful Acacus mountains to the east range not among the highest mountains of Sahara, but are by many considered to be the most beautiful.

Eat and Sleep
Ghat's main accommodation are camping grounds, but facilities can be almost up to the level the reportedly only hotel in town; the Tassili.
Only the hotel has a restaurant according to our latest information.

Connecting to other centre of Libya, is done by the road heading north. Shared taxis go as far as Ubari, from there connections to further destinations should easily be arranged.
For excursion around Ghat, then always covering some part of Acacus, there are plenty of companies in town. Prices are high should you be alone and not able to find others, but Libya is no worse than other countries in this part of the world.

Going Next
80 km south: Gateway to Acacus Mountains
200 km northeast: Ubari
600 km northeast: Sebha

By Tore Kjeilen