SAHHA SAHARA
CAMEL TREKS & TUNISIA CULTURAL TOURS
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Next confirmed tours:

Dec 22 - 26, 2018

SOUTH TUNISIA TOUR
4 night / 5 day tour
Available all year

 

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DAY 1

We pick you up at the Djerba airport, where your tour will begin. From there, we will drive to the Ghriba Synagogue of Djerba (this is a pilgrimage site and one of the oldest in the world). From there we will head to"Djerbahood"; the Jewish village of Erriadh, which has evolved into an incredible open air art gallery, with artists all around the world contributing. We will leave Djerba via the causeway that was built on a Roman road that connects the island of Djerba to the continent.

As we leave the island, the landscape changes to the area of Tatouine; a mountainous desert area and home of many Berbers. Our first stop is at Ksar Ezahra; (Ksars – or Ksour – are generally Berber fortified graineries and homes, mostly seen in North Africa). Ksar Ezahra is the only Ksar in the area that is still inhabited; the people of the village have fought hard to keep it authentic and not changed by tourism. As well, we will stop at Ksar Gatoufa.

After a stop for a delicious lunch in a traditional Berber Restaurant, you will end the day at the Berber mountain village of Chenini. Chenini was built on a hilltop - in this instance, between two hilltop ridges - to help protect it from raiding parties. The oldest structures on the hillside date back to the 12th century; some of the buildings are still used to store grain for the villagers, and for the villagers who still live here.

 

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DAY 2

In the morning; we will drive to the Mosque of the Seven Sleepers (based on a story from the Koran). The mosque was built around this pre-Roman cave where it is said the seven sleepers lie.

We will then leave the rocky area and drive towards the Sahara Desert; to Ksar Ghilane; a lush oasis surrounded by rolling dunes. You will have time to discover the oasis and then ride quads (or go with 4X4) to the Roman Fort in the desert. We will have a traditional lunch here and maybe even a dip in the natural hot spring.

In the late afternoon, we will drive the short distance to Camp Zmila, a unique desert camp nestled in the dunes. Camp Zmila's large tents, spotless toilet facilities (including showers), restaurant and bar. Dinner and night in the camp.


 

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DAY 3

After leaving our camp, we will stop at the picturesque Berber village of Toujane; another example of Berber architecture from the 13th century, where the ribbon-like roads slice into the mountainside dotted with villagers and their flocks and women carrying water by donkey from the water source.

We will drive on to Matmata; home of many of the troglodyte homes in Tunisia (Troglodyte homes are another form of Berber architecture, designed to withstand the heat. The courtyard is dug straight underground and rooms carved out of the side of the courtyard.) You will stay for a visit and tea in one of these homes with Saliha and her family. Friends for many years; to know Saliha is to love her. 

 As we head towards the Sahara again, we will stop for a walk around the village of Tamezret; another stunning example of Berber architecture dating to the 1300s.

On to Douz, often called the Gateway to the Sahara to meet up with your camels and cameleers, and then begin your  Night in the Sahara. After a 2-hour camel ride, you will spend the night at a camp that has been set up for you, complete with Bedouin tent. The camp is nestled in some beautiful dunes where you can enjoy the sunset, and then sit by the fire while your dinner is being prepared. In the evening, while listening to the Bedouins sing and play traditional music, look up for some spectacular star-gazing! Being surrounded by silence and millions of stars lets us appreciate the immensity of the Sahara Desert.

 

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DAY 4

After breakfast (including bread baked in hot coals and sand), we will take our final leave of the Sahara and drive towards Tozeur. Enroute we will stop at Chott El Jerid, the biggest salt pan in the Sahara Desert (between 5 and 7 thousand square kilometers).

In the afternoon there will be time to wander the cobble-stoned ways of the Tozeur medina. This medina is unique in the style of brickwork on the buildings, dating back to Roman times. The medina of Tozeur began as the neighborhood Ouled el-Hadef, the oldest in the city, which has remained virtually unchanged since the 16 century.

Today, you can choose how to view the sunset; either a ride through the lush oasis of Tozeur by horse and cart or by driving to see Tunisia's best preserved Star Wars set in the desert area of Nefta.

Dinner and the night in your hotel in Tozeur.

 

 

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DAY 5

After leaving Tozeur, we will spend the day in a mountain oasis area in the historical Atlas mountain chain; first stopping at Mides to hike the beautiful gorge there. This hike will take you through narrow passageways surrounded by marble walls that have been shaped by centuries of flooding.

Lunch will be at a small traditional family operated restaurant in Tamerza; after which we will stop at the old village of Tamerza and then the Tamerza waterfall.

The last part of your day will be a walk through the oasis of Chebika. Palm trees hugging the rocky cliffs and streams running along the bottom of the gorge provides a stunning end of the day, and of your tour.

We will then drive you to the Tozeur airport (if you are flying the same day), or to your hotel, (if you are staying longer in Tozeur).

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