2-Day Sahara Desert Camel Trek in Tunisia
A visit to the Sahara desert is an experience everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. It is a journey well worth the effort.
Tozeur on a private tour and you see a perfect desert oasis whose claim to fame is that it was a Star Wars movie set.
Located in the south-west of Tunisia, Tozeur is an oasis situated between the large salt pan Chott el Djerid and the smaller salt pan Chott el Gharsa. It is one of those places whereby once you are there you do not want to leave.
This full of character and enchanting city is quite a bit different from the likes of Tunisia’s coastal cities such as Hammamet and Sousse. Apart from the obvious, it does not have beaches. This town is surrounded by palm groves that look amazing set in the desert sand.
The old town or Medina as they are called in Tunisia is the most atmospheric part of Tozeur, The bricks which are a unique pattern in the architecture is made from kiln-fired clay that was made locally. The narrow winding alleyways are full of little shops and very welcoming locals sitting outside their homes.
There are many great sightseeing tours or desert jeep safari tours that can be done to areas surrounding the city of Tozeur.
A desert jeep safari tour to the Chott el Djerid is just one of those tours. During the summer this salt lake dries up and leaves odd and unusual patterns in the salt crust. The never ending horizon offer great photo opportunities.
Other areas to see that are not too far from Tozeur are the oasis of Mides, Tamerza and Chebika or El Hamma du Djerid which has four villages within this oasis.
For Star Wars fans, they can visit the now abandoned spot where parts of Star Wars the Phantom Menace was filmed, Onk Jemel. The dome-shaped houses and other pieces of the film set that were used in the movie are still here left to whither and age.
The weather in Tozeur is very warm to hot all year round, so it is possible to go at any stage of the year. July and August are extremely hot and it can be very uncomfortable outdoors midday to 3 pm. March, April and November the temperatures are in the mid 20’s Celsius and ideal for doing activities and going on sightseeing tours however there will be a small amount of rainfall, especially in March.
Tozeur is one of the cheapest city’s in Tunisia to visit and your money goes an extremely long way here. A three-course meal for 2 people in a mid-range restaurant is only US$5 or a snack during the day will be approximately US$2. There are not a whole of choices in restaurants, but still, the prices and food are excellent. You can get a bottle of imported beer for 53 cents or a cappuccino for 45 cents.
Before booking anything for Tozeur, do some research on the area to ensure it offers everything you want from your trip. If you are planning on being there during peak season, then you really should pre-book any sightseeing tours, guided tours or desert jeep safari tours. Tozeur is pretty much crime less, however, you still need to be careful when carrying your money or walking alone at nighttime in dark alleys.
The climate in Tozeur is described as ‘Desert’ climate. There is very little rain and absolutely no snow. The temperatures during the months July and August can average around 40 degrees Celsius. May, June and September temperatures are around 30-34 degrees Celsius. March, April, October and November have temperatures in the 20’s and January, February and December have temperatures in the late teens.