How to hunt Libyan wolf? Just take six 4WD and a few mad drivers

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Dust dust and more dust

We start the day fairly early with breakfast just around sunrise at a bit before 8 in the morning. Apparently we got a long day with a lot of driving. We are leaving the bus behind - it actually left the day before and we are getting in a convoy of Toyota Land cruisers we got 5 for the passengers and one for the kitchen. All the driving is gonna be off road - so nobody seems to believe we are actually going to drive no less than 450k today - on sand.

 

But soon it appears we will indeed be doing the 450ks in one day. We may be on sand but that don't slow the driving down. We are actually driving faster than we did on the tarmac road yesterday - the speed is between 80 and 100 per hour. The sand is fairly hard but at these kind of speeds the Toyotas makes a lot of dust and we try to avoid the dust from the cars in front of us.

A clocser look at the fighting cats.

 

We drive along at high speed and suddenly the lead driver decide to make a sharp left turn - this is a bit of a problem because all the other cars behind him is to his left because of the direction of the wind. But he turns with 100k and is almost hit by the car in second position but this car just manage to avoid him. Now all the Toyotas are turning - we don't understand why. But then the reason appears - there are a Libyan wolf in front of the lead Toyota. And the wolf is trying to escape running an impressive 80k per hour and making sharp turns now and again - but it is being chased by 6 Toyotas and has a minimal chance of escape. The drivers keep chasing the wolf and it has nowhere to go and is almost hit by one of the cars - but it gets away. Finally the lead driver lets it go and it runs away fast.

Apparently the drivers wanted us to see the wolf - but it looked more like we were chasing the wolf with the intend to run it over - so much for the companies environmental friendly profile.

 

We are getting our lunch in a small wadi with lots of green vegetation around - a nice change from the mainly completely dry landscape we have been driving through.

 

After lunch we drive to the main reason we have been travelling to this part of Libya. The famous rock carvings and rock paintings. Today we will see some of the best rock carvings in the area from about 10 thousand years ago or more. They are along a long area of about 12 kilometres but we only walks along for 750 meters - but there is still lots to see at that short distance.

Boy this is still going uphill and no footprint to follow - I got to do all the work ouch.
The rock carvings vary from the naïve work in progress to some really detail stuff which you think could have been made just last week - but all of it is apparently from ancient times.

 

From the rock carvings we continue through the dessert and the landscape change once again - we are leaving the hard sand country and are getting to a place where there is soft sand. The soft sand also means lots of giant sand dunes all over. We get to the camp site and most us make it up the sand dune without any trouble - but there is one car which gets stuck in the sand - the only car driven by someone who don't actually own his own car. This means the car is a piece of crap ready to breakdown at any second - and it does so on a regular basis.

 

But eventually all of us make it to the campsite - a few had to walk the last mile to get there but they made it.

Just before the sun will finally set - changing of the colours.
The campsite is just in the shade of the biggest sand dune around. This means there is a challenge you just need to get to the top of the dune. This means walking in soft sand which is pretty hard but then again I have had no exercise during my stay in Libya so I push along up there. From the top there is a splendid view over the rest of the area - of course there are limits to the distance you can see - somebody have been playing in the sand and build large structures all over. As the sun starts to set the colours of the sand change into amazing dark red colours and the shades on the sand creates unfamiliar scenery.

 

After sunset we get ready for diner after all it is Christmas days eve tonight and we look forward to a feast. What can be on the menu for such a feast? The same as always - camel and couscous what else could it be. We all dig in and eat over camel once again.

Koralifix says:
Really like the photos!!
Posted on: Mar 11, 2009
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Dust dust and more dust
Dust dust and more dust
A clocser look at the fighting cat…
A clocser look at the fighting ca…
Boy this is still going uphill and…
Boy this is still going uphill an…
Just before the sun will finally s…
Just before the sun will finally …
Dust from the trail of the 4WD
Dust from the trail of the 4WD
Going through the landscape at 100…
Going through the landscape at 10…
racing along - too bad the Paris D…
racing along - too bad the Paris …
Toyotas in the dessert
Toyotas in the dessert
Lets go look for wolfs - there got…
Lets go look for wolfs - there go…
Green stuff to look at at lunch ti…
Green stuff to look at at lunch t…
Those things were everywhere in th…
Those things were everywhere in t…
Flowers in the dry
Flowers in the dry
The trees fighting for their survi…
The trees fighting for their surv…
The dessert passing by
The dessert passing by
The lone tree in the dessert
The lone tree in the dessert
Toyotas making their way forward
Toyotas making their way forward
First rock carvings
First rock carvings
The rock wall with all the carvings
The rock wall with all the carvings
Girafs on rocks
Girafs on rocks
An old ox with forward facing horns
An old ox with forward facing horns
And a rhino
And a rhino
More girafs
More girafs
The plants try to hang on at to li…
The plants try to hang on at to l…
An elephant trap - just dont see h…
An elephant trap - just dont see …
The fighting cats - one of the bes…
The fighting cats - one of the be…
Elephant trap and a few other thin…
Elephant trap and a few other thi…
Hey I like giraffes
Hey I like giraffes
Some random stuff writen on the wa…
Some random stuff writen on the w…
I guess this is a cat - though it …
I guess this is a cat - though it…
A crocodille and a man dress like …
A crocodille and a man dress like…
This is either a very important ca…
This is either a very important c…
They carved both sides of the rock…
They carved both sides of the roc…
There is some green stuff in the d…
There is some green stuff in the …
Sand dunes in the distance
Sand dunes in the distance
The dunes are getting bigger now
The dunes are getting bigger now
Getting closer to the camp - dunes…
Getting closer to the camp - dune…
The dunes are starting to change c…
The dunes are starting to change …
This is pretty steep - sure it is …
This is pretty steep - sure it is…
The dunes
The dunes
People getting down from the dune …
People getting down from the dune…
Footsteps across the dune
Footsteps across the dune
Yeah the view is better from up he…
Yeah the view is better from up h…
Sunset is coming just have to wait…
Sunset is coming just have to wai…
And here it is - sunset.
And here it is - sunset.
Wadi Matkhandoush
photo by: tj1777