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Tazerbu is located in Libya
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 25°39′51.49″N 21°02′42.94″E / 25.6643028°N 21.0452611°E / 25.6643028; 21.0452611Coordinates: 25°39′51.49″N 21°02′42.94″E / 25.6643028°N 21.0452611°E / 25.6643028; 21.0452611
Country Flag of Libya.svg Libya
Region Cyrenaica
District Kufra
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 6,600
Time zone EET (UTC+2)

Tazerbu (Arabic: تازربو‎‎), is an oasis located in the Libyan Desert in the Kufra District of Libya, about 250 km to the northwest of Kufra.[2] The name means "main seat" in the Toubou language, because this was the seat of the Toubou Sultanate before the Arab invasion.[2] The oasis is 25–30 km long and 10 km wide. In the middle of the oasis and parallel to it runs a shallow valley with salt ponds and salines. In Tazerbu there are about ten villages: the most important is called El-Jezeera.[2] In the oasis grow groups of palms, tamarisks, acacias, esparto and Juncus.[2] Several kilometers to the north of this village lie the ruins of an old castle, named Gasr Giránghedi, which was the seat of the Sultan.[2] The first European to visit the oasis was the German Gerhard Rohlfs in August 1879.[2]


  • Bertarelli, L.V. (1929). Guida d'Italia, Vol. XVII (in Italian). Milano: Consociazione Turistica Italiana. 


  1. ^ Amraja M. el Khajkhaj, "Noumou al Mudon as Sagheera fi Libia", Dar as Saqia, Benghazi-2008, p. 120.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Bertarelli (1929), p. 515.