THE OASIS OF KSAR GHILANE IN THE DESERT
AND THE BERBER REGION OF TATAOUINE
We will leave Zarzis in 4X4, early in the morning to enjoy the day.
Medenine , is a crossroads city and one of the last cities before Ben Gardane and Libya. Next to the new city, there is the old Ksar, it is part of all these Berber ksour that we will visit during the day.
These are ancient fortified granaries, made up of cells in which the Berbers deposited their food reserves.
Then drive to the desert, and the oasis of Ksar Ghilane. We will pass by a road which winds between the hills, slowly, the landscape will become more and more arid and rocky, the ocher sand of the desert, will be made wait until the entry of Ksar Ghilane .
We will have lunch in a restaurant, at the foot of the dunes.
You will have free time in the oasis, with the possibility of swimming in the spring, and in addition: either take a camel ride, or a quad ride to the Roman fort of Tisavar.
In the middle of the afternoon, we will resume the road for our return to Zarzis.
The southernmost of the Tunisian oases is one of the gates of the Tunisian Sahara desert, the oasis is fueled
by a hot spring, a source from a failed oil drilling
in 1953, instead of finding oil, the drillers found
a captive water table, 700 m deep. The water flows to the surface at around 32 °, it is very sulfurous, you can bathe in it, it would have thermal properties. You can also take a camel or quad ride.
Ksar Ghilane is a refuge for fifty nomad families living on the date palm
and goat and sheep farming.
4 km from Ksar Ghilane, Tisavar, a fort dating from Roman times
of the Emperor Commodus.
Tisavar is a rectangular construction, the walls, built
in cut stone over a height of 1.50 m, in smaller stones
above. It served as an outpost and base camp for their Saharan expeditions. It also allowed to control
the caravans which transported their wealth towards the coasts.
The old building was then occupied in the Middle Ages, before being restored by the French during the Second World War,
the fort was used by the Leclerc column during the bypass maneuver on the Mareth line.
Departure by 4x4 from your places of stay in Zarzis towards Medenine.
Visit the Ghorfas, ancient granaries with honeycomb shapes,
Then drive to Ksar Ghilane, an oasis surrounded by immense ocher sand dunes (Erg oriental).
Lunch in a restaurant at the foot of the dunes.
Optional, possibility of camel ride or quad bike ride to the Roman fort of TIsavar.
Bathing in the hot spring. (Optional)
Return to your place of stay in Zarzis
Our private tour include lunch, excluding drinks.
Price per person, based on 4 people 55 €
Price per person, based on 3 people 70 €
Price per person, based on 2 people 100 €
The price includes: Transport in a 4x4 car based on a minimum of 2 people per car,
lunch. the driver, the services of an ONTT licensed guide.
The following are excluded from the price: Drinks of all kinds.
All that is not mentioned in the section "the price includes".