The Acacus Mountains are famous of two reasons. The first is the stunning mountain formations that meet the blue sky and the orange sand dunes. The second are the great collection of rock art, both paintings and carvings.
An expedition around the Acacus takes 4-5 days, and can only be explored by 4WD or camel. The Acacus Mountains stretch for almost 100 km north to south, but there is a limited number of possible paths. The sand dunes can be deceptive, and the mountains are zigzagged by wadis, seasonal river beds. Although very few people live here now, perhaps only 10 families, the region is not entirely dry. There are few springs in the mountains and a couple of wells.
The Wadi Ayada represents the southern entrance into the Acacus region. Some point after that, you will pass a ridge that only can be crossed the in one direction. Going back is impossible due to the softness of the sand and the the steepness of the slope.
The Natural Arch, about 150 metres high, is the largest of its kind in the Acacus. It is located about 100 km south of Ghat. After this, the round trip continues towards the Takharkhouri Pass.
The Natural Arch.
Eat and Sleep
More and more, Ghat has become the starting point for explorations of the Acacus, and here are also necessary services. An expedition of the Acacus is hardly done in a day, and for longer journeys, your tour operators will arrange for sleeping and eating on the journey.
Arranging for journeys into the Acacus is done in Ghat. It is possible to travel with your own vehicle, but it is necessary to obtain a permit and bring a local guide.
There are several tour operators out of Ghat.
From southern gateway, 80 km north: Ghat
From northern gateway, 200 km northeast: Wadi Methkandoush
Other spelling / Akakus