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The troublesome entry to Libya is soon forgotten. The Lybian hospitality is exceptional, we are escorted through the entire state. An Arabian proverb says:A trip that starts with a sandstorm will be a lucky one. Good for us!
 

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The desert is nice when a fountain springs up somewhere (from The Little Prince).
Libya – the land of deserts and oases.
Libya is 1,175,560 km2 large and has approximately 5,593,000 inhabitants.  We are lucky and are able to enter Libya on 2/28. We truly enjoy the next 19 days
   
filled with breathtaking landscapes and an overwhelming hospitality.  We certainly want to travel through Libya again. Our route takes us from Sabratha over Ifra and from Dari to Godhames.
Outside the city we spend the night by the seas and the next morning we are greeted by our first sandstorm whistling around our ears.  What an unfortunate welcome.  In Gadhames we tour the old city and stock up on our supply of fresh vegetables. First we meet the “sons of the Desert. The Tuareg also shop at this market.  The land out there – that’s what they call the desert. Our first long travel route to Idri lies before us and we arrive in Sebah, the capital of Fezzan in four days. 
 

 

Yesterday we were greeted with gifts of bread. Today – no sooner had we stepped out of the car we were approached by a Libyan who had previously worked in Germany.
 
Friday, March 9, 2001.  For two days we drive in the desert ocean of Erg Ubari and visit the Lake Mandara and the Lake Gabroon. This strip of desert is unbelievably beautiful, but also secluded.
 
On our way through we encounter Murzuk, which was once a slave trade and is now a lively women’s market. Don’t misunderstand! The women are the ones handling the business.  The majority of the handlers offering wares are veiled women.
Sunday, March 11.  For the nest five days we are in the desert. While in Wau El Kabir we turn towards the eighth wonder of the world – the Wau el Namus – an enormous crater that the volcano has created.  With a diameter of at least two meters the circumference is approximately 10km.  Early in the morning we hike to the sun rising as we down the rim of the crater and enter the inside. From here we are greeted by a wonderful view of the crater. On the way back we experience skin deep why the crater carries the nickname mosquitocrater. Thousands of the bloodthirsty beasts follow us all the way to the car. Another three days follow in which we experience pure desert.  Then we arrive in Tazerbo. In these desert days we not only learn how to conserve water, but also how to use sand shields and shovels.  Despite this, or perhaps because of it this is so beautiful.
In Tazerbo we are heartily welcomed.  With the help of Mussa Suleiman Mohamed we are able to obtain a reserve of diesel. (a total of 1,5+ diesel for three vehicles at DM 0,16 per Liter.) This makes it possible for us to make the big jump into the Sudan without having to pass through the oasis Koufra. On this particular day in Tazerbo we become acquainted with Muzzas entire family. We are able to peek behind the veil in the true sense of the word. We went to three houses and were made to feel at home in all.
On the 18th of March we begin making our way around Koufra and Jebel Aweinat.  For kilometers we follow a caravan track that is littered with skeletons of animals that could not finish the journey.  Despite this the animals will make the 1200 km return from Dongola to Koufra again. Luckily we have the Landrover to assist us with our journey.
We get on our way and disappear into the dunes of Jebel Aknus, an exciting route that takes two days.  Large detours have to be made around the ranges of sand dunes and a good map and GPS are a necessity. Everything goes well. Very quietly we make our exit from this land and its people. We have found an unbelievable amount of happiness here.
 

When you dive into the desert then listen to your heart.  Sometimes it is so moved by the sunrise in the desert that you are moved to tears. (From the Alchemist)

NOTE: Traveling over the border from Libya to Sudan is not allowed for Europeans.  The official alternative is Libya to Egypt and then over Wadi Halfa into the Sudan.

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