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The route to Wadi Matkhandoush lies south of Germa, about four hours by 4WD. At first you drive at up to 100kph or more over a flat plateau of gravelly sand which brings you to Wadi Berjuj, an extremely wide sandy valley alive with vegetation and herds of grazing camels. Once you pass the control point in the middle of nowhere which checks your Acacus Desert permit, you climb up on to a gravel ridge for more high-speed driving, before dropping down halfway along Wadi Matkhandoush, over several kilometers of large, uneven black stones that slow you to a crawl.
The wadi itself may be barren and bone dry, or abundantly
green and full of water if it has rained in the previous couple of weeks.
On one side of the wadi runs a bluff of desert-varnished sandstone,
and the whole 12km stretch is home to petroglyphs (rock carvings), some of
which have been dated to 10,000BC, with many between six and eight thousand
years old. Wild animals such as elephant, giraffe, hippo and crocodile are depicted, as well
as domestic cattle and some formless human bodies dating to a later period. You
will see no camel carvings here which may seem strange until you discover that
the camel was only introduced to the Sahara around 200BC.
March 27, 2006 change by giorgio