Waw an Namus, Libya. This is an indeed unique natural wonder found in the center of the Sahara Desert. The whole area is a volcanic field, that extends 10–20 km (6,2–12,4 mi), making it visible from space. In the middle of it there is a caldera and a cone. Moreover there are three saline lakes, that create a lush oasis.
For centuries it has been an important stop for the caravans, that would refill their water supplies. Today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Visitors are mesmerized by the beauty of Waw an Namus: the caldera is about 100 m (330 ft) deep and features colorful lakes, reeds and of course date palms, that enhance the overall impression.
Why to go there?
One of the most stunning sites in Libya and the Sahara. A true natural wonder, which is definitely worth seeing at least once in a lifetime. However, every visitor should approach the attraction with care since a lot of damage has been done from careless tourists already.
When to go there?
All year round.
How to get there?
Many tours from the bigger cities will take you there.
Lead photo by George Steinmetz