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Old 26 Jan 2007
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Thumbs up Tunísia/ Líbia/ Algéria (?)

Hi to all

Long time I didn’t post where… I’ve missed the environment!

I’m planning on going to Libya in august 2007 (yes… I know that it’s not the best time  )

A have some questions to the area experts for my “start up planning”

1- Where is the best place to catch the ferry coming from Portugal?

2- I’ve read some information about Libya and the most interesting zone is probably the southwest zone. (right?) Any recommendations about places to visit? (Fezzan; Akakus mountains; Wadi Mathendous, etc…)

3- Is it possible to enter Algeria from Eastern border? And is it worth it? It is something that I would like to try if it’s worth it when speaking about desert pistes and scenic places…

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Q2. Yes. All those places are great.

Q3. Not possible but well worth visiting Alg

Updated routes info and map here:

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I' ve just emailed you some waypoints that show the location of excellent 10,000 year rock carvings, my trip through the dunes and most importantly a water well (north of Alwinet). Also, I've stayed several times at a place on the eastern edge of Alwinet. They are fantastic people and very hospitable.

Sorry, I can't answer the rest of your questions, but I know Libya quite well.


P.S. The email address on your website didn't work.
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Old 27 Jan 2007
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Try this

Alwinet camp N25 46.952 E10 34.188
Atchan (1950s Esso oil well) N27 19.407 E10 33.537
Intersection (bitumen to sand) N26 05.343 E11 31.815
Old Airstrip N27 21.995 E10 30.432
Police post N27 15.930 E10 29.783
Police checkpoint N25 49.482 E11 00.170
Repsol airstrip N26 33.240 E12 13.722
Repsol reception & shop N26 34.438 E12 13.492
Rock carvings N25 44.783 E11 48.080
Shady rock (devonion fossil) N26 36.157 E10 12.233
Trees – EAA N26 56.977 E10 26.117
Water well N26 42.157 E10 18.475
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Ok ok :-)

So for some that “only” “knows” the desert from the other side (Marrocos, Mauritania, Mali) what do you recommend?

I was planning Libya but Tamanghasset (and the “Abre du Tenere”) are icons for my desert trips.

The Abre do Teneré I will have to delay for another time…

But Tamanghasset is achievable…. (is it?)

Djanet- ghat is closed.

In Amenas is also closed?

Deb Deb to Ghadames is eventually open but to much at the north…

So… should I forget Argelia for this time and concentrate only in Libya?

Is a mixed trip in Libya/ Argelia possible or I will have to wait a couple of years?

Yes, yes… I’m probably delirious but it’s an exercise that I like to do…

(thanks for your present and future comments, and thanks for your waypoints)
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Due to the current situation, I think concentrating on one country at a time is a logical conclusion. We were planning LY and ALG for this February, but instead decided to go to Libya and explore the South West, but also Murzuq, the centre and North East. Off in two days!!!
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I plan on going Sicily, Tunisia, Algiers, Morocco, Spain starting June 2007. I don't know if I can get a visa since I'm from the US.

Would the people who posted neat things to see please forward them to me? I don't have GPS. I still haven't gotten maps.

I hope I can get a job teaching English in Portugal or Cairo. Although Egypt makes it hard to bring in bikes.

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