A good Libyan guide, tried and tested!
We just finished a 5 day transit of Libya and despite all the concerns we had beforehand, we enjoyed it immensely!
After searching high and low, most companies quoted us around 1000 euros for arranging the visa fees and providing a guide. We managed to get through the 5 days spending just 718 euros for two people, EVERYTHING included!
We explained to Sami, the owner of Almuheet Tours(www.almuheettours.net
, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
) in Benghazi that we are on a really tight budget. He charged us 635 US dollars for the agency, visa and guide fees. His guide(ask for Mr. Abdullah) was thoroughly briefed and we bushcamped three nights, paying only for one nights accomodation. We also cooked a lot of the meals ourselves, saving a lot. We also saw most of the main sights along the coastal routes.
They also have a guide(Mahmoud, Some Company
) who can take you on desert trips, although we didn't go for this option.
The biggest advantage of using them was that, because we were on a tight budget and didn't sleep in hotels all the time, we came into contact with the local people a lot more!
Make sure you brief Sami, who speaks English very well, thoroughly on what you want, and also your detailed schedule as it is difficult to alter it during the trip.
The guides themselves speak very little English, but they are fantastic people who will genuinely go out of their way to help you.
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Last edited by NAMSA; 27 May 2007 at 23:52.