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FROM ZARZIS TREK TO TATAOUINE - MATMATA AND KSAR GHILANE

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TATAOUINE TREK FROM ZARZIS

DINNER AND NIGHT IN TROGLODYTIC COTTAGE

AND IN SAHARAN CAMP

THREE DAY TREK

This excursion is the same as that on two days:

Trek to Chenini and Dahar .

 

The difference: Instead of spending just one afternoon at Ksar Ghilane, we will join a Saharan camp in the middle of the desert to spend the night, the next day we will visit the cave houses of Matmata.

 

The first day we will leave from your place of stay in Zarzis

in the direction of Tataouine the capital of the Berber region.

We will visit the Ksar Ouled Soltane, one of the many Berber granaries, then the ksar Beni Barka, before having lunch in

a restaurant in Guermassa.

Then before doing our little trek to stretch our legs, we will visit the hilltop village of Chenini, an essential village in the region. From Chenini, we will leave for a 2 hour trek in the Djebel Dahar, to reach the village of Douiret.

 

We will have dinner and spend the night in a troglodyte cottage.

The second day, we will join the desert at the oasis of Ksar Ghilane.

Between the visit of the oasis, a quad or backpacking ride

dromedary, (optional), we will have lunch in a restaurant

at the foot of the dunes.

After free time to enjoy the oasis, we will reach the Saharan camp by 4X4, 20 km from the track south of Ksar Ghilane.

 

The comfortable camp is organized around the restaurant - bar, with Saharan tents, the toilets and the kitchen are worthy of a 3-star hotel.

 

You will attend the ceremony of baking bread in the sand, then after a good dinner, you can walk in the dunes, in the silence of the desert and admire the starry sky if the weather is clear, then overnight in your private tent .

 

The next day, after breakfast and free time in the desert, we will leave for Matmata where scenes from the film Star Wars have been filmed.

We will have lunch in the village of Tamezret.

 

After these 3 full days, return to Zarzis and drop off at your Hotel.

 

Chenini.

Very beautiful and most visited site located west of Tataouine, perched on a ridge. You will discover the cave dwellings, built in the rock.

Departure for 2 hours of walking through the hills to reach

the village of Douiret

 

Douiret.

It is divided into two parts: The old village, consisting of cave dwellings dug in the hills, and the new village located

on the hillside.

In the evening, we will settle in a troglodyte hotel where we will have dinner and spend the night.

 

After breakfast we will visit the village before leaving in

the desert at Ksar Ghilane

 

Ksar Ghilane.

The southernmost of the Tunisian oases and one of the gates of the Tunisian Sahara desert, the oasis is supplied by a hot spring. The water flows to the surface at around 32 °, it is very sulfurous, you can bathe in it.

We will have lunch in a restaurant at the foot of the dunes.

You can also take a camel ride or quad bike extra.

 

4 km from Ksar Ghilane, Tisavar, a fort dating from Roman times

of the Emperor Commodus.

It served as an outpost and base camp for their Saharan expeditions. It also made it possible to control the caravans which conveyed their wealth towards the coasts.

 

After the meal, on the way for 20 km of track, through the dunes

of sand to join the Saharan encampment.

After setting up in your private tents (large tents under which you stand), you can attend before dinner the ceremony of baking bread in the sand.

Free time at night is yours.

The night under the starry desert sky is an unforgettable experience!

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On the third day, after a continental breakfast, we will leave for Matmata.

 

Matmata is the name of a Berber tribe which gave its name to the village. This village is renowned for its remarkable cave dwellings

which make it one of the high places of Tunisian tourism.

 

These are dwellings dug in the sides of the mountain around a large, usually circular well. Around this well constituting the courtyard of the house are dug longitudinally and in stages

the rooms that will be used for the lower floor of bedrooms (camour),

kitchen (matbakh), sheepfold for goats and stables,

the upper floor being reserved for the storage (makhzen) of cereals, dates, olives and dried figs.

We will also visit the Berber museum before lunch

a succulent homestay meal.

 

On the return to Zarzis, we will stop at the village of Toujane.

At the bend of a promontory, stands this sumptuous village nestled

in the djebel of Dahar.

 

Built by Berbers around the 12th century at 700 meters above sea level. The village is overlooked by the ruins of an old ksar.

The traditions are perpetuated today by the descendants

Berber families, concerned with transmitting the way of life

of their ancestors.

 

It is a rare village where people still speak Berber.

Toujane is also known for its magnificent kilims made

by women

Trek in the Berber region of Tataouine.

After the trek, dinner and night in a cave cottage,

then discovery of the desert

The oasis of ksar Ghilane

and dinner and overnight in a Saharan camp

Three-day tour

Day 1

  • Pick-up from your place of stay in Zarzis.

  • Departure by the Roman road towards Tataouine.

  • Visit of the Ksar Ouled Soltane.

  • Visit of Ksar Beni Barka.

  • Lunch break in a restaurant in the village of Guermassa.

  • Guided tour of the village of Chenini and 2 hours of walking in the mountain to reach the village of Douiret.

  • Installation and dinner in a troglodyte cottage.

Day 2

  • Visit the village of Douiret.

  • Departure for Ksar Ghilane by the track or the road according to the season.

  • Free time for visit and bath in the hot spring.

  • Quad bike ride or optional camel ride.

  • Lunch in a restaurant at the foot of the dunes

  • Departure by the track for the camp, dinner and accommodation in a private tent in the desert.

Day 3

  • Departure for Matmata, visit of a troglodyte house with the locals.

  • Visit the Berber museum.

  • Lunch with the locals.

  • Departure for the visit of Toujane (The largest Berber village still inhabited).

  • Return to Zarzis and drop-off to your place of stay or to the airport.

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TREK IN THE TATAOUINE REGION

IN THE DJEBEL DAHAR AND MATMATA

NIGHT IN THE DESERT IN KSAR GHILANE

Our tours include meals and accommodation, either at the hotel,

either home-stay or in Saharan camp

 

Price per person, based on 4 people: 190 €

Price per person, based on 3 people: 235 €

Price per person, based on 2 people: 315 €

 

The price includes:

Transport in a 4x4 car based on a minimum of 2 people per car, the services of an ONTT certified guide,

accommodation, full board

from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day.

The following are excluded from the price: Drinks of all kinds.

All that is not mentioned in the section "the price includes".

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