Idehan Murzuq (Murzuq Sand Sea) Travel Guide

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Petroglyphs at Wadi Matkhandoush

Petroglyphs at Wadi Matkhandoush

Howard Banwell

The astonishing Saharan sand sea of Idehan Murzuq rises dramatically from the plateau of Wadi Berjuj. This is a place of astounding, glorious, breathtaking natural beauty; picture the most spectacular landscape of sand dunes you can imagine – this is it, and yet so much more! The Murzuq consists of wave upon wave of extravagantly shaped dunes, some as high as 200-300 meters, which span 35,000 square kilometers, or roughly the size of Switzerland. With the sun low in the sky the twilight bathes each angled dune face with its own soft, subtle hue, playing tricks of distance and perspective on your eyes. If you see nothing else of interest during a visit to Libya, these few moments would make the whole trip worthwhile.

Idehan Murzuq is about 250km south-west of Sebha, and perhaps 1,000km south of TripoliIt can be reached only with a reliable 4WD vehicle.

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March 27, 2006 change by giorgio

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