SAHHA SAHARA
CAMEL TREKS & TUNISIA CULTURAL TOURS
EcoTourism
 

NEXT CONFIRMED DATES:

Feb 22 - 26, 2019

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"What most people don't know is that for a multiday trek, camels are sent a day or more in advance so you get more bang for your buck instead of riding through semi-arid shrubs, therefore a better experience for customers..."

CARAVAN DESERT ROSE
4 night / 5 day trek
Available Mid-September through Mid-May
Fitness level - Medium
 

When the path ignites a soul
there's no remaining in place.

The foot touches ground,
but not for long.”
 
 
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A big part of what makes a camel trek unique is sharing time with the Bedouin Cameleers and the experience of the Bedouin life, traveling as nomads do, following the rhythm of the dunes and camels. And especially, in the evenings sitting around the campfire while your delicious meal is being prepared for you. And finally, the magic of the evenings under the blanket of stars, listening to traditional music or dancing by the firelight. (Or bring your own musical instrument for a cultural exchange!)

 

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On the first day of your trek, you will drive a short distance to meet with the camels and Cameleers and begin your trek.  Choose to walk or ride ‘your camel' through the ever changing landscape. As you travel by foot or camel, life slows down as you allow yourself to live in the moment. 

You will climb to the top of a bluff to a stunning view of the distant dunes surrounding the bluff. As well, on top of this bluff there is a miniature Marabout, built by an unknown Sufi for meditation and prayer.

Marabout means "saint" and refers to Sufi Muslim teachers associated with the spiritual tradition called a Tariqah ("way"/ "path"). A Marabout may also refer to a tomb (as in this case) of a Marabout, and these special places have become sacred places of spiritual reflection.

Your day will end in the area of Ben Grira, known to have some of the nicest dunes in the area. You will spend your first night here.

 

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On day two you will spend the morning trekking through waves of sand dunes. As noon approaches, you will be approaching the Chott Hejria area; a vast and flat lunar-like landscape. Rising from the sand are large desert roses (rock formations).  

Day three, you will trek through an area that is known to have desert roses under the sand. We will stop in this area so you can find some to take home with you if you like.

 

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Day four, your destination will be an abandoned Bedouin village in the desert, called ‘Ommi Henda’, (named for a female Marabout). This village includes a picturesque mosque nearly buried in the sand, a Marabou (Sufi) cemetery and two Marabouts. One of these two Marabouts was for women (Omi Henda) Sufis and one for men (Sidi Selim).

We will camp beside this crumbling village surrounded by beautiful white sand dunes and small clusters of palm trees.

On day 5 we trek back to the Douz area. We return to Douz, along with your memories and new friendships.

 

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Sahha!!! (Arabic for "we hope you enjoyed it")

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

All our supplies are taken by camel on your trek (no vehicles) with the exception of the drive to meet up with your cameleers and camels. The cameleers and camels leave 1 – 3 days ahead of your trek to the meeting place.  This enables us to take you deeper into the Sahara (avoiding more scrubby areas). For each hour we drive you, the cameleers and camels need one day of travel.

You will be trekking between 4 – 6 hours a day. You can choose to walk or ride ‘your’ camel (or both, as most people do).

There are no toilets or shower facilities as you will be trekking to a different place every night, and camp in a place where there are no other people. Going to the toilet means going behind a dune or bush and digging a hole in the sand. (Once you have confirmed your trek, we will send you a list with suggestions of things to bring on your trek – including wet wipes for cleaning and tissues).

We provide lots of bottled drinking water for you, but water is a valuable resource in the desert and is used for drinking only)

PRICES:
4 - 10 people:  $495 US Dollars per person / Euros calculated upon request
3 people:         $600 US Dollars per person / Euros calculated upon request
2 people:         $710 US Dollars per person / Euros calculated upon request
1 person:         $830 US Dollars / Euros calculated upon request
 
> Note: except for returning customers, an additional 15% is added to the price of treks with departure dates between Dec 20 - Jan 2 (our high season) 

If you would like to sleep in a Bedouin Tent, the added cost: $165 US Dollars per tent (sleeps up to 4)

 

PRICE INCLUDES:
  • Delicious meals prepared for you with fresh local fruit and vegetables
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Tent
  • Bedding (mattress, blankets)
  • A camel available for each of you to ride
  • Experienced Bedouin Cameleers (many are also great musicians)
  • English speaking cultural guide
  • Trek insurance and tourism registration (mandatory)
  • 4x4 transport when stated
  • A Burnose (Bedouin cape) for each of you to use for evenings around the fire
  • Cheich (Bedouin headscarf), our gift to you
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Flights or transportation to Douz
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips (Cameleers, drivers...)
  • Trek insurance does not replace travel insurance
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