Camel Trekking tour from Tembaine to Sahara Houidhat Lake

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December 7, 2021
11 Days / 10 Nights
Availability : FEB 22'- DEC 23'
Djerba or Tozeur
Djerba or Tozeur
Min Age : 16
Max People : 12

Unmatched adventurous camel trekking in the heart of the Tunisian Sahara desert of the Erg Oriental between Tembaine Mountain and the famous Houidhat Lake.

Get away from the routine of modern life and usual comfort to live the real experience of riding your camel for days through beautiful dunes of ocher sand and discovering breathtaking views.

Get your soul free and admire wonderful sunrises and sunsets in an unparalleled natural setting. Experience memorable nights under millions of stars and learn many things about Bedouin’s life.

Such experience will be etched in your memory forever.

Details of the Camel Trekking tour

Departure & Return Location

Djerba island or Tozeur International Airport

Departure Time

At 07:30 am on the second day after your arrival. 

Price Includes

  • Transfer in / out.
  • 02 Nights stay on the island Djerba in half board in Boutique hotel
  • 08 Nights in Bivaouc in the desert
  • Meals mentioned in the program
  • Saharan local guide during the tour
  • The full board accommodation during the camel ride
  • Bivouac in the heart of the dunes.
  • Sleeping material: (Tents, pillows, blankets, mattresses)
  • Soft Drinks during the camel ride
  • Camels to ride and others to transport luggage
  • Cook

Price Excludes

  • The airfare
  • Drinks ( Except in the camel ride drinks are included)
  • The optional excursions or visits
  • Tips
  • The extras

Important

  • The dinner on the arrival day and the breakfast on the day of the departure will depend on flight schedules
  • The program can be done in both directions
  • Depending on the weather and operational conditions, the guide can change the program for the safety of the group

Equipment to be provided

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight
  • Hut
  • Toilet bag
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Solar cream
HIGLIGHTS
  • Trek in the heart of Tunisia Sahara Desert
  • Swim at Houidhat Sahara Lake
  • Experienced cameleers
  • Visit to Tembaine Sahara Mountain

NOTE

The tour could start from any other international airport in Tunisia and the itinerary could be modified and adapted to fit your needs. 

Itinerary of the Camel Trekking tour

DAY 1:ARRIVAL TO DJERBA ISLAND

Assistance by our team at your arrival at the airport.

Transfer to Arischa hotel in Houmt Souk the capital of the Island

It’s a wonderful Boutique hotel and former Caravanserai with a typical architectural style.

Dinner and overnight. 

DAY 2:TRANFER TO TEMBAINE MOUNTAIN AND FIRST NIGHT IN THE DESERT

After breakfast, departure to Douz, “The Sahara Gate”.

Arrival to Douz and typical lunch.

After lunch, transfer in 4X4 vehicle to Tembaine Mountain in the heart of the desert of the Erg oriental.

A vast desert of fine sand where you meet our Bedouin cameleers team, the local Sahara guides, and the camels.

Free time to explore the landscape and Tembaine Mountain at the sunset.

Afterward, a delicious dinner will be prepared for you by our team around a campfire. Sweet overnight in Bivouac tents under a starry sky.

DAY 3:BEGINNING OF THE ADVENTURE ON CAMEL RIDE

You’ll wake up with a great willingness to begin your adventure admiring a wonderful sunrise.

A tasty breakfast of local products will be served to you to begin your day with a lot of energy.

After breakfast, we carry the luggage on some camels and you use others for the ride.

After short learning, the caravan begins to move crossing superb high dunes of golden sands following camel steps.

At midday, you take a rest while our cameleers prepare a fresh and light lunch.

After the lunch break, you continue trekking to the Desert camp for a special overnight under millions of stars.

You savor a mouthwatering dinner prepared by our Bedouin team around a campfire.

You will enjoy the night listening to the drumming and flute music played by our cameleers.

DAY 4:DISCOVERING STUNNING VIEWS AND LANDSCAPES

At the first lights of the day, you admire a spectacular sunrise on the golden Sahara dunes, and then you enjoy a full and energetic breakfast made of local products.

The caravan begins to ride slowly crossing the desert as a ship, from time to time you make short stops to take photos of the impressive Saharan landscape.

At midday, you savor a fresh lunch on the road made of fresh salads, fruits, and mint tea.

After lunch, the caravan continues riding to the desert camp for the overnight.
You enjoy an amazing sunset on the sand dunes, then you can learn how to prepare the sand bread made by our cameleers.

A typical dinner around a campfire under thousands of stars will be served to you in a charming atmosphere.

DAY 5:EXPERIENCE THE BEDOUIN’S LIFE

After a quiet and peaceful night in the desert, you will admire the sky changing its colors till the spectacular moment of the sunrise, while our Bedouins prepare the sand bred for the delicious breakfast.

After that, the cameleers carry your bags and luggage on Camels and then the caravan begins to move through the sand dunes of ocher sand offering a wave-shaped landscape.

At midday, a short break to have a rest and lunch made of fresh salads prepared on-site with bred, olive oil, fruits, soft drink, and mint tea.

After that, you continue the trekking to the camping location overnight.

You can help the team look for some dry trees branches to make fire for dinner.

After a delicious meal, you sit around the campfire with the local guides and cameleers to enjoy Bedouin songs with the nice sound of flute and drum.

DAY 6:ENJOY A REFRESHING SWIM IN HOUIDHAT SAHARA LAKE

You start the morning with spectacular views of first daylights on the giant golden dunes of the huge Sahara enjoying a wonderful sunrise.

Then a tasty and typical breakfast will be served to you with to you.

You carry your luggage on the camels and we start our journey crossing giant dunes and discovering the secrets of the desert.

After the lunch break, the caravan continues to ride through the huge Sahara to our camp location where we reach the famous Houidhat Lake.

After a long riding day you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake with a temperature of 34°C.

Then, you can enjoy helping our cameleers prepare the sand bread and mint tea.

After a delicious dinner around a campfire, you enjoy the sound of traditional music played by our Bedouin cameleers on a wonderful and quiet night.

DAY 7:FOLLOWING THE CAMEL’S STEPS

Admiring a charming sunrise and having a tasty breakfast in such a peaceful place surrounded by golden sand dunes of the Sahara is really an infinite pleasure.

Begin your journey with memories that will be etched in your heart forever.

You ride again discovering breathtaking places and landscapes in the huge Sahara.

You will discover the Camel’s intelligence in the desert and genius Bedouins who know all the secrets of such a beautiful place.

At midday, you have a rest while our cameleers prepare a fresh and light lunch.

After the lunch break, you ride again following the camel’s steps to a peaceful place for the overnight.

You can move between the different dunes to explore the place and wait for a special sunset.

After a typical dinner, you sit together around the campfire and drink mint tea.

Then, you experience a marvelous overnight in the desert under a wonderful starry sky.

DAY 8:DISCOVERING SHONE STARS AND AMZING CONSTELLATIONS

After a wonderful night and a deep sleep, you wake up with the first lights of the day.

You can see our team making fire for the sand bred, and then a full breakfast is served to you to get more energy for your riding day.

You dismantle your tent and you put your luggage on the camels then you begin your ride breathing the fresh air of the desert.

The caravan is moving towards the south for more sandy places with giant dunes.

Short break for a light lunch prepared on the site with mint tea.

After that, the camel trekking continues to the camp location surrounded by sand dunes to be protected from the eventual wind.

Time to prepare the tents and explore the place, then we meet for a delicious dinner around a campfire.

During the night, you can contemplate the stars and marvel at the different constellations, you can see clearly the big and small Bear, Orion, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and many others.

DAY 9:LISTEN TO THE SOUND OF SIILENCE IN THE QUITE DESERT

After a wonderful sunrise, you enjoy a warm and delicious breakfast.

The camel trekking continues again towards quiet and silent locations following the desert air breeze that seems to tell us immortal stories and legends about One Thousand and One Nights.

While riding your camel you can close your eyes and imagine all those stories.

You can free your soul and listen to the sound of silence during hours in such a wonderful world.

After the lunch break and the mint tea, the caravan moves again inside the desert to the camp location.

You can wait for the sunset on the top of the highest dunes.

Experience a relaxing moment of meditation while contemplating the sky changing its color until twilight.   

After a tasty dinner meeting around the campfire, enjoy Bedouins and Nomads stories or listen to drumming and flute music.

Overnight in Bivouac tent in the desert.

DAY 10:END OF THE CAMEL TREKKING AND BACK TO MODERN LIFE

The following day, you will wake up feeling something special that words can’t explain.

All those days and nights spent in the desert have put a spell on you.

An intense feeling makes you want to experience this journey again. 

After the last breakfast in the desert, you bid farewell to our Bedouin cameleers and local guide.

Then, meet your 4×4 driver and we get in Land Cruiser crossing the last dunes and have lunch on route.

In the evening, drive back to Djerba Island for the last overnight.

Arrival at Arischa hotel in Houmt Souk, the capital of the island.

It’s a wonderful Boutique hotel and former caravanserai with a typical architectural style.

Dinner and overnight

Day 11:END OF THE TRIP

After breakfast at the hotel, departure to the airport for the return flight.

End of our services.

Map of the Camel Trekking tour

Photos

Frequently asked questions about the trekking tour

What's a Bivouac?

The bivouac is a rudimentary camp that we set up in the middle of the desert and that will allow us to spend the night under the stars or in tents. The principle is to set up the tent or camp without shelter in the evening at sunset and leave in the morning.

Is it cold at night in the desert ?

In the Tunisian Sahara Desert there’s no big diffrence between the tempreture during the day and that of the night but in winter the temperature  could decrease to 2  degrees. Il would be better to wear a pullover with a Jacket. But un summer time it’s hot  at night.

Are drinks available in the desert during the trekking?

In the desert Mineral Water and soft drinks are available.

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Rowern Wong (England)

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Hi Nader, Manager of Tacapes Tours Tunisia Wanted to write and say thank you again for the wonderful experience of Tunisia. Seeing the Sahara for the first time was an incredible thing and I’m very appreciative of the opportunity. I highly recommend you register as a tour operator on Tripadvisor as it’s super popular here amongst travellers booking holidays abroad. Happy new year and I hope we see each other again.

December 25, 2016