WAA Tour to Libya's Total Solar Eclipse

March 26 — April 6, 2006

Images: Georg Zotti
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April 3: Germa, Desert, Umm el-Maa

Al Awaynat camp
Oil well fire

El Hatiya Pyramid Graves

Most likely King's graves, but not much is known about them.

Lunch Break


Germa was the capital of the Garamantes people, who were living in southern Libya until about 500 A.D. and then vanished when the climate turned too hot and dry. There is still much to be discovered!

Entering Idhan Ubari Dunes

Umm el-Maa (Mother of the water)

The largest of the Mandara lakes, which are around 15 salt water lakes within the Ihhan Ubari dunes. It is possible to go for a swim, but beware: Umm el-Maa also has thermal water, below about 1 m depth there is a sudden, uncomfortable increase in temperature!

Extra Driving Lessons

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