In 2003, in the Christmas holidays, I travelled trough the Fezzan, a vast desert province covering Libya's south-western quarter. A major attraction of the Fezzan are the great sand seas, where off-road vehicles can race, dip and plunge across endless rolling dunes, some as much as 300m high. Hidden in the Ubari Sand Sea are postcard-perfect desert oases with pools of clear water, surrounded by green palm trees.

Um El Ma Lake Fezzan

Date palm trees surround Um el Ma lake in the Ubari Sand Sea (Edeyen Ubari), Fezzan, Libya

Fezzan Desert Libya

4WDs crossing the desert, Fezzan, Libya

Akakus Fezzan Libya

Desert landscape, Akakus Mountains (Jabal Akakus), Fezzan, Libyan Desert


tour info

This tour in 2003 was organized by Hauser Exkursionen, Germany and led by the German tour guide Uwe Weimer and the Libyan tour guide Jalal Azzabi.


Sitting on top of a huge dune at sunset, overlooking the seemingly endless sanddunes of the Murzuq Sand Sea in south-western Libya