For many Tunisia Holidays are all about beach resorts. It is actually a stunning country with so much to see – and to photograph! I travelled there several years ago and had a fantastic time. We kicked off our Tunisia Holidays with a road trip from Tunis airport and headed south to Star Wars territory – Matmata – where we were able to see stunning desert landscapes and visit their amazing underground homes or Troglodyte homes. The next stop was the amazing Chott El Jerid or the Salt Lakes.
Visit Musee Berber or take up the local kids on an offer to visit their homes for a fee and experience a different way of life!
Next up on the Tunisia Road Trip we headed west to Doug and heading into the dunes of Grand Erg Oriental – on a camel and then on a microlight which is an experience that I highly recommend! While there we stayed in Kebili.
From there it was even further west to Tozeur. Whilst in the area don’t miss the amazing Chott El-Jerid – Tunisia’s stunning salt lake. This was the natural beauty of this Tunisia Holidays.
Chott El Jerid sits in the west of Tunisia. This area of 5000 sq km is part of a system of salt lakes that run across the entire region. It is a startling landscape which shimmers in the light and makes it difficult sometimes to see the difference between land and horizon. It is an amazing area and so worth visiting. You may recognise it from the very first Star Wars movie – Luke contemplated the two moons here!
I had always associated salt lakes with Bolivia and had never heard of Tunisian salt lakes. Chott El Jerid is located literally by the side of the road! No real signage, no entrance. You will need a car to visit so either hire or one or grab a cab. You can then stop by the side of the road and start exploring. Chott El Jerid is a photographer’s dream with the light causing amazing colours and shadows and textures against the minerals.
You can stay in either Kebili or Tozeur to visit Chott El Jerid. I would recommend Tozeur as it is a nicer town, you can visit the Palmeraie (200,000 palm trees!) and you can then do a half or full day trip to some of the Mountain Oases towns that are about 75km away. Tamerza is one of the most photogenic villages in Tunisia and has a lovely little waterfall. Mides is only 6km north of Tamerza and has a stunning setting above a dramatic gorge. The gorge has been used in several movies including The English Patient.
We stayed the night in Tozeur – make sure you go and visit the Dar Charait Museum. In addition to being an interesting museum, the building itself is stunning. We splurged on the accommodation front on our Tunisia Holidays here and stayed at Hotel Sofitel Palm Beach.
I hope that one day tourism in Tunisia picks up again and that some of these images will act as an inspiration for tourists to return to this beautiful country and have their own Tunisia Holidays.
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