The great Sahara Desert, hauntingly stunning, with its palm-fringed oases is inhabited by the nomadic Berber people of the Tuareg and their camels. This is just a small part of Libya — with its combination of sea, mountain, plains and desert. Come here for extraordinary prehistoric rock art, the unique desert city of Ghadames and its wealth of Roman and Greek antiquities.
Fiona’s travel tips
DON’T MISS: Dahabiyas, small boats taking 4-6 people — the ‘boutique’ option for Nile cruising.
FOR THE ACTIVE: A dawn climb to St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai or trekking with mules in the High Atlas.
TOP TIP: Morocco used to have a reputation for being a place where visitors got hassled. This has changed hugely. Now you might even have a ‘Monty Python’ moment: “Come on, ask me to buy a carpet”!
BEST TIME TO GO:
Morocco: September to May
Libya: Spring and autumn
Egypt: September to March
Egypt: 5 hours (direct)
Morocco: 4¾ hours (direct)
“So spoilt being met on arrival, charming staff in the riads and guides – especially our driver”.
Mrs Sarah Rising, Morocco
“Generally we were really impressed by transfers and how smoothly all arrangements worked.”
Mr and Mrs Graham Bell, Egypt