Tadrart Acacus

Tadrart Paintings

Travel to Tadrart Acacus – Incredible Rock Art and Carvings

Thanks to its variation of landscapes from differently coloured sand dunes to arches, gorges and rocks as well as its mountains punctuated by thousands of painted and carved images, created using different techniques and on various themes, the Tadrart Acacus is one of the main tourist destinations in Libya. The area was included on the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1985.

Tadrart Acacus is a desert area in western Libya and it is part of the Sahara, situated close to the city Ghat and the Algerian border. Tadrart, which stands for “mountain”, has a particularly rich array of prehistoric rock art.

Acacus paintings were created by the first Early Holocene communities of hunter-gatherers from around 12 000 BC, and reflect cultural and natural changes in the area. There are paintings and carvings of animals such as giraffes, elephants, ostriches and camels, but also of men and horses. Men are depicted in various daily life situations.

Major landmarks are the arches of Afzejare and Tin Khlega. However, most visitors come to see the spectacular rock art which includes paintings and carvings of animals such as giraffes, elephants, ostriches and camels, but also of men and horses. The men are shown doing such activities as making music and dancing. The paintings date from 12,000 BC to 100 AD. Also in the area you can see different plants despite the arid nature of the surroundings, these include the callotropis plant.

The main activity here is to take tours to see the incredible rock paintings and carvings, however, it is also possible to go hiking in the spectacular Acacus Mountains. You can also take four wheel drive trips into the surrounding desert.

  • See spectacular rock art and carvings.
  • Hike in the beautiful Acacus Mountains.
  • Explore the desert by four wheel drive.

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