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A letter from the Consul of Turkey, appreciating the services of the agency:

Dear Mr. Eljaibani,

I would like to express my appreciation for the excellent services your company provided for traveling both domestically in Libya and for making overseas travel arrangements.

I believe that your company’s principle for providing services in the most efficient way for its clients not only promotes your business interests but also contributes to the promotion of Libya as a tourist destination.

I would also like to indicate that as a very hardworking and well-informed General Manager in the area of tourism with high skills in communication with foreigners, no doubt you have a great share for the success of your company.

I wish you and you company all the very best.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Oguz ATES

Turkish Consul General


A report by David Boyer, an Australian who visited Libya
I was met at Jerba Airport in Tunisia by the staff of the agency. They had come from Libya to drive me across the border into Libya and on to Tripoli at the start of a wonderful nineteen day trip. Their kindness, efficiency and flexibility was demonstrated the first day when they re-organized my whole itinerary to fit in everything I wanted to do and got it approved by the appropriate Government authority in the space of a few hours. I was fortunate that for half the trip Mr. Sami, the chairman, was able to act as my tour leader and guide.

The following were the most interesting of the places I visited. The old parts of the cities, the old markets and beautiful old mosques of Tripoli and Benghazi. The magnificent museum in the old castle in Tripoli. The old walled oasis city of Ghadames with its rabbit warren of narrow covered streets. Germa, west of Sebha, with the excavations of the ancient Garamantian city (2,000 BC to 100 AD) and its museum. Ghat in the SW corner of Libya with, in its old city, another rabbit warren alleyways between old houses.

The magnificent remains of the Roman cities of Leptis Magna and Sabratha , the former, with its museum, warrants at least a full day. The different but splendid remains of the ancient Greek cities of Cyrene and Apollonia. At each of the sites there are licensed and knowledgeable English speaking guides of whom Dr. Faded Ali Mohamed at Cyrene is outstanding and head and shoulders above anyone else.

Tobruk, with its two immaculately kept and impressive cemeteries with the 6,123 graves of British Commonwealth and Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen killed fighting against the Germans and the Italians during World War 11. On a hill overlooking Tobruk and its harbour, is the impressive fort built by the Germans as a memorial to their dead, with the names of those killed in the campaigns inscribed on the inside walls. There is also the remains of the defences of Tobruk and wartime memorabilia.

The highlight of the tour was the six days of Saharan desert travel.

[…] Our first objective was Wadi Mathrandoush with an incredible number of ancient carvings in rocks on the edge of what had once been a river. Some idea of their age can be gained by the fact that I saw carvings of animals which have not been seen in Libya for thousands of years. They included elephants, crocodiles, giraffes, monkeys and water buffaloes. We travelled on, skirting the mighty Ubari Sand Sea which stretches for hundreds of kilometers, the center of which has never been crossed by vehicle. We stopped for the night before it got dark, Ahmed having chosen a sheltered spot with enough flat sand for our camp. While he cooked dinner over a small fire of driftwood and dry thorn bush, Ibrahim and I put the small modern tent provided for me and I then wandered off to watch the sunset. I was asleep an hour after dark and woke at dawn while Ahmed cooked breakfast, then we traveled on with stops to look and photograph until a long halt midday when Ahmed cooked lunch and if there was no rock or tree, we rested in the shade of the vehicle before moving on. This was our daily routine, but an hour never passed without something amazing, different or interesting to be seen.

During the second day, we entered the Acacus Mountains with weird and wonderful rock formations rising from the desert sand, every one different from the last. Many contained caves, some shallow and small and others big enough to drive vehicles into and a few as big as half a cathedral. In many of the caves were ancient paintings on the rock walls. Not only paintings of the animals previously mentioned but others, including ostrich and rhinoceros and scenes, including hunters and dogs chasing antelope and ‘tribal’ wars and ceremonies. We travelled through the Acacus mountains until the morning of the last day of the desert trip and I was very sorry to leave.
Accommodation ranged from basic but adequate in an old fort at Ubari, the night after the desert trip, and at Germa ( where the toilet facilities left a bit to be desired), to rooms with their own bathrooms and every modern facility in, 3 or 4 star hotels in all the cities mentioned. There are 5 Star hotels in Tripoli and Benghazi if you want to pay the price.

Food and drink. I had no problems with the food. European type dishes were available in the hotels. I was taken to many good restaurants by Sami. Surprisingly, I found going without alcohol no hardship.

Travel apart from a Libyan Arab Airlines flight from Tripoli to Benghazi and the desert trip, all my travel was by road, in one case in a new mini bus, and every other journey in comfortable air-conditioned modern cars. Except on some journeys with Sami, there was always an English speaking guide and a driver. Excellent highways now crisscross the country and link all the places mentioned. There is no speed limit on the open road and it takes a bit of getting used to when one is driven at 160km an hour! We did approximately 960 km from Ubari to Tripoli in ten hours, including stops for fuel and refreshment.

The people. From people from every strata of society I received kindness and consideration everywhere I went with little more than a few Arabic words of greeting. I was able to have conversations with all sorts of people as, after a couple of words in greeting, they were happy to reward my efforts by continuing the conversation in English, which a large proportion of people speak. One example of kindness is worth recounting. At an army/police check point I got Sami to ask if I could photograph a particularly imposing poster of President Gaddafi. One of the men on duty went in to the office to ask the officer. The officer came out and explained that taking photographs of, or near, check points was forbidden. He then told me to wait, went into his office and brought out a large picture of the president addressing a large crowd, which he presented to me as a consolation prize! Women appear to have a higher status in Libya than they do in many Muslim countries, with more freedom, going to university, running businesses, etc. most poor Libyan who used to live in squalor have been re-housed in new blocks of flats.

The only thing wrong with my trip was that I did not spend longer in Libya. In particular, I would have liked to have seen Nalut and spent longer in Leptis Magna and Sabratha, but overall, I saw far more than I expected to. In spite of some restrictions on photography, I took 780 photos.

David Boyall, Australia.


A letter from Marianne Volont of Lugano, Switzerland.

Testimonial about two Libya trips guided by Sami Eljaibani.

Since I am working in the financial industry I would like to express my votes about my two Libya trips in terms of the financial rating: AAA (triple A) or better LLL:

Libya for me stands for land... light... love...

Land: the enormous, wide and genuinely natural landscape which embraces you as if you were part of it.
A fascinating countryside with its forms of stone and sand and dunes. For example Acacus seems to be
a living theatre of human and animal forms and shapes. Your eyes will never get tired of all these miracles.

Light: every single moment of the day, the spectrum of light is different and shows the country in a
variety of colours of golden rays never seen before. Sunrise or sunset, it's both impressing and unique.

Love: the Libyans are friendly and helpful. They make you feel as though you are the centre of attention.
The guides are always ready to understand your wishes and feelings. One of the best examples is Sami
Gibani who is an excellent "translator" of the Libyan culture and life, probably also because he is half
European.

Libya is not the land where you spend time to buy souvenirs and gifts. The experience of the wonderful countryside and lovely people is what you bring back home and it lasts for ever because it is not material but mental and emotional.

I travelled twice to Libya, once in October and once in February. In February the nights were cold in the
desert but in October it was still a very pleasant temperature even in the evening and night.

Marianne Volont, Lugano, Switzerland, February 2003.


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