SAHHA SAHARA
CAMEL TREKS & TUNISIA CULTURAL TOURS
EcoTourism
 

NEXT CONFIRMED TREK:

Dec 20, 2018 - Jan 3, 2019

 

14 night / 15 Day Trek
Available November through March only
Level: Difficult (adults only)

Old Silk Trade Route through Tunisia and into Sahara

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This magnificent 15-day trek came out of an expedition I took with a nomad who had spent most of his life in this area - (he once spent 2 years without seeing one person). Searching for a new trek, I was the first western person to trek on foot, the silk route 'trail', deep into the Sahara, navigated by stars and sun, all the way from Douz to the highest dune in the Tunisian Sahara (the expedition was over 300 kilometers). Feeling incredibly lucky, I want to share part of this journey with others. Fall in love with the vast spaces, huge dome of blue sky, dunes over 200 meters, unbelievable star-lit nights, and most importantly, sharing the nomad way of life with our amazing Bedouin cameleers, who have an intrinsic sense about the Sahara. Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime journey deep into the untouristed, raw and real Sahara Desert, where nomads have travelled during the time of the silk route trade.

 

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Guided by the Bedouin Cameleers who are talented cooks, wonderful musicians, gentle souls and with extensive experience and knowledge of the desert.
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The beginning of this journey will take you through Chott Hejria area; a vast and flat lunar-like landscape. Rising from this area are rock formations; large desert roses.
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The next day you will travel to an area where you can find your own "desert roses"
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Over the next days, you will trek deeper into the Sahara. The route you will take is part of the old Caravan silk trade route, seldom traveled, little known and it is very unlikely to meet other tourists here. 

Trekking through bigger dunes, you will reach Bir Azet, an important well for nomads. Bir (means well or watersource), and Azet is the name of the nomad woman who dug this well with her daughter -- BY HAND many years ago. This well is over 50 meters deep, and is set in a stunning landscape of barren foreverness....

The well is named after her, for her unbelievable determination and perseverance.

 

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From Bir Azet, you will travel south, deeper into the Sahara. The landscape in this area is breathtaking, with high and pristine dunes, many over 200 meters high, honeycomb shaped 'bowls' of high dunes surrounding basins. 
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You will spend the night at Gored Bouchouicha, one of the largest dunes on this expedition. You will camp at the base of this gored, and, if you like, climb to the top to watch the sun set.
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After Gored Bouchouicha, you will be leaving the pristine dunes of the Silk Route and traveling towards Hwidat Erriched (desert hot spring). It has become very touristed over the years, but is still an important stop for the camels to drink. 
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Arriving at Hwidat Errichad, there will be times when there will be no other tourists around, but at other times it will be busy. You will stop for lunch nearby, and those who wish, can walk with the camels to the spring so they can drink, and you can have a dip in the hot-spring.

Many guests find that even with others in the area, soaking in the warm mineral spring is wonderful after having traveled for days in the Grand Erg. 

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After leaving the hot spring of Hwidat Errichad, for the next few days you will trek further east into some beautiful dunes
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After a few days, youwill trek back north east. Your trek ends at the ancient wells of Bir Mide - some say that one of the wells here was dug by the Romans.  After lunch, you will be picked up with our 4X4 and driven around 3 hours back to Douz.

 

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“Sahha” 

(Arabic for ‘we hope you enjoyed it !)

 
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PRICES:

4  - 10 participants:  $1500 US Dollars per person / Euros calculated upon request

3 participants:          $1600 US Dollars per person / Euros calculated upon request

2 participants:          $1850 US Dollars per person / Euros calculated upon request

1 participant:           $2580 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) 

PRICE INCLUDES:
  • Delicious meals prepared for you with fresh local fruit and vegetables
  • Bottled water
  • Tent
  • Bedding (mattress, blankets, sheet)
  • 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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