This is a tranquil old city, with white, covered streets that are both dark and refreshingly cool. Ghadamis was built painstakingly based on a complex knowledge of how to deal with extreme temperatures. The positioning of Ghadamis' buildings is far from casual. Every angle, every wall, every opening in the roofs over the alleyways, are parts of the same organism. Ghadamis still stands, but the people have moved into the modern settlement nearby. Yet they still take refuge in the old city when summer becomes unbearably hot. With the exodus of its local population, and their resulting loss of knowledge of engineering buildings to maintain natural air conditioning, an important science could be lost. In its earlier days, the life line of Ghadamis was trans-Sahara trade, including the slave trade.
Mahmmoud Akka, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Camel trips across the desert, trips for festivals, photography or to villages.
If any South Australian has travelled into the gibber plains around Woomera/Roxby or Coober Pedy, they would instantly recognise the country around Ghadames. It is worth touring the museum with a guide before embarking on a guided tour of the old city. Take a small flashlight because some of the recesses are quite dark.
If you want a good evening meal try Akmed’s restaurant. He is a very efficient Tunisian who runs a tight ship. The first evening our guide arranged camel steaks fir dinner. This may have been OK if you had titanium tipped teeth. The second evening we pre ordered the chicken and this was absolutely delicious. I would certainly recommend eating at Akmed’s restaurant.
Ben Yedder Hotel. The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of the small town. We arrived on a Thursday evening and noticed loud music and general revelry outside our room on the second floor. There was no problem changing rooms and we later found out that Thursday evenings is the time when women hold a henna party to celebrate an upcoming wedding. The room we stayed in was basic but the beds were nice and firm. Breakfasts are very basic. We checked out the Dar Ghadames while we were there – approx 25 minute walk from the Ben Yeddar. The place seemed pretty deserted with only a handful of guests.