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3 Days
Availability : FEB 22'-DEC 23'
Djerba or Zarzis
Djerba or Zarzis
Min Age : 16
Max People : 12

Wonderful Hiking tour through the Moutains of Dhahar destination discovering amazing ancient Berber villages.

Learn the legendary mosque of “The Seven Sleepers in Chenini, have a wander tour in Douiret Berber village with its famous underground mosque.

Explore the genius architecture of Guermessa houses, enjoy delicious meals of local Berber products and have a quiet overnight in a troglodyte Lodge following the ancestral traditions of Berbers.

Details of the hiking tour

Departure & Return Location

Your selected hotel in Djerba island or Zarzis

Departure Time

07:00 am

Price Includes

  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide during the tour Guide
  • Meals mentioned in the program
  • Visits mentioned in the program
  • Local taxes
  • Mineral water during the hiking time

Price Excludes

  • Pick up from other cities
  • Drinks at the hotel
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visits to the main Berber villages in southern Tunisia
  • Special experience with local Berber cave dwellers
  • Delicious typical meals of Berber home-made cuisine of local products

NOTE

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

Itinerary of the hiking Tour

DAY 1: THE CHARMING CREST VILLAGES DOUIRET AND CHENINI

Departure from Djerba and pick up from your selected hotel or location towards Tataouine and Dhahar mountains crossing the roman causeway, the road connecting the island to the mainland.

Arrive at Tataouine and shortstop in the market to see local people’s activities.

Then drive to Douiret, an ancient and abandoned fortified Berber village.

It is perched high on the spur of a hill above a splendid whitewashed mosque.

Beginning of the Hiking tour through the wonderful mountainous landscapes till Chenini Berber Village (about 3h30 hiking time).

Arrive at Chenini, an ancient fortified granary and village built by the Berbers between two hilltop ridges to protect the village from raiding tribes.

Typical lunch in Chenini.

In the evening, wander tour in Chenini to the legendary mosque of “The Seven Sleepers” then we continue the hiking from the other side of the mountains to Douiret (about 2h30 Hiking time).

We reach Douiret and wander tour to visit the old houses, the famous underground mosque and the traditional oil mill.

Delicious dinner of local products and overnight in the amazing troglodytes Lodge “Gîte de Douiret”.

DAY 2:GUERMESSA THE MYSTERIOUS VILLAGE

After a tasty and full breakfast composed of local products, we put our luggage in the car and drive to Chenini where the hiking tour starts to Guermessa (About 4h00 Hiking time).

Arrival to Guermessa, a mountain ruined Berber village along the hilltop with visible remains of a fortress above of the peaks built to protect the inhabitants from villains.

We arrive at Guermessa, visit the village and a typical lunch to savor the delights of the Beber culinary art.

After lunch Drive to Zammour, a quiet village nestled in the heart of Dhahar Mountains.

Beginning of a hiking tour (about 2h00) to the ancient Zammour Ksar, a former Beber granary built in the 18th century to store food, here you’ll discover stunning views and landscapes. Back to the village, delicious dinner and overnight in a special well-equipped troglodyte Lodge in Zammour village.

DAY 3:THE BERBER CAVE DWELLERS OF MATMATA

After a peaceful and sweet overnight in the troglodyte Lodge, a rich and tasty breakfast made of local products will be served to you to start your day with a lot of energy.

After that, we begin to hike (about 4h00) discovering the mountainous land around Zammour village.

You will enjoy the fresh and breathing pure air with the scent of many aromatic plants such as Rosemary and Thyme.

Back to Zammour for a typical lunch prepared by Berber women.

After lunch, we get in the car again and drive to Toujene, Berber village hidden between the Dhahar Mountains offering a stunning landscape.

Drive to Matmata, an amazing Berber village of unique beauty known for its underground houses and lunar landscape.

Visit a Berber dwell cave house to discover the ancestral traditions of Berber cave dwellers.

Drive back to Djerba, drop off in your selected hotel or location. End of our services.

Map

Photos of the hiking Tour

Frequently asked questions

How hard is the hike in the moutains?

In this tour we have 2  levels of Hiking:

LEVEL 1- EASY: Ground presenting no technical difficulty. 100 to 300 m elevation gain

LEVEL 2 – MODERATE: Regular, sequential activity in several consecutive stages. No technical difficulty. For people who practice regular physical activity. 300 to 600 m elevation gain

Is there a local guide during the Hike?

The whole tour is accompanied by a professional licensed guide and the Hike is accompanied by a local mountain guide.

How is accommodation in this tour?

In this tour we offer a typical and original accommodation in small troglodytic mountain hotels whose rooms are dug into the rocks which ensure a moderate temperature, comfort and originality.