Overnight in the Tunisian Sahara Desert and Ksar Ghilane oasis tour

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Hammamet or Sousse or Monastir or Mahdia
Hammamet or Sousse or Monastir or Mahdia
Min Age : 6
Max People : 12

Amazing trip to escape from the luxury of seaside hotels and enjoy a memorable overnight in the Tunisian Sahara Desert.

Take a swim in the natural water spring of the Saharan oasis Ksar Ghilane.

Admire breathtaking sunset and sunrise in the huge desert of ocher sand.

Visit a Berber family at Matmata troglodyte village and enjoy tasty meals of local cuisine.

Discover the ancient Berber architecture in the historical village Tamezret and spend a special night in tents under a wonderful starry sky.

Details of the overnight in the Tunisian desert and Ksar Ghilane oasis tour

Departure & Return Location

Your selected hotel in Hammamet or Sousse

Departure Time

  • From Hammamet  at 07:00
  • From Sousse at 07:30

Price Includes

  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals
  • Visits indicated in the program
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide specialized in Berber culture and nomads during the tour
  • Overnight in Saharan Camp

Price Excludes

  • Pick up from other cities
  • The drinks
  • Camel ride and Quad Bike
  • The Tips
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Adaptable tour for small groups and families with children
  • Typical lunch in a Berber village in Matmata
  • Exploring Berber traditions
  • Wonderful overnight in a Desert camp

Itinerary of of the overnight in the Tunisian desert and Ksar Ghilane oasis tour

DAY 1:MEMORABLE OVERNIGHT IN THE DESERT UNDER A STARRY SKY

Pick up from your hotel or location in Sousse or Hammamet towards south Tunisia, Berber villages, and the desert of the Great Erg Oriental.

On the way, we take a break at El Djem city to visit the Roman amphitheater ranked 3rd worldwide with a capacity of 35000 spectators.

After that, drive to Matmata, an amazing Berber village of unique beauty known for its cave-dwelling houses and the impressive lunar landscape.

We will visit an inhabited Berber troglodyte house to discover the ancient troglodyte architecture and the daily life of Berber women.

You will be delighted to discover the hospitality of Berber families.

You will enjoy the delicious bread prepared in a traditional oven and served with organic honey and extra virgin Olive oil.

After that, you will savor a traditional meal in a troglodyte restaurant.

In the afternoon, we cross the Dhahar massif with its amazing landscapes towards Ksar Ghilane, a wonderful Saharan oasis situated at the edge of the Grand Erg Oriental, a huge sandy desert in southeast Tunisia.

Once we arrive you could stroll around in the oasis or enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural spring of sulfurous water.

Then, transfer in 4×4 vehicle to Zmela Saharan Camp at the gates of the Great Erg Oriental with its beautiful giant dunes of ocher sand.

Once we arrive, you will enjoy stepping on the high dunes to admire one of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet.

Delicious dinner of local gastronomy and overnight in a tent at the Desert Camp (equipped with WC and Showers.

Don’t miss the spectacular sky with millions of stars.

DAY 2:THE BERBERS AND CAVE DWELLERS

Wake up early in the morning to witness the spectacular rose-pink light of dawn on the dunes of ocher sand.

It is an amazing landscape that you don’t experience every day.

After a delicious breakfast, you can do some optional leisure activities in the Desert such as camel ride or quad bike (optional).

Afterward, we go back to the Dhahar massif and visit Tamezret, a superb Berber Crest village among the very rare villages still inhabited in south Tunisia.

It is built on a hill at the top of which we find an old mosque and a Moorish cafe where the old people of the village play cards and domino.

We will visit the small traditional museum of Berber dresses in Tamezret made from woven wool and embroidered by the women from the village using Berber decorative motifs.

And then, you will enjoy a tasty lunch of local Berber Cuisine.

After lunch, we drive back to Matmata and visit Sidi Driss troglodyte hotel. It was used as a set location of the famous Star Wars movie.

Finally, we go back to Sousse or Hammamet, drop off in your selected hotel.

End of our service.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Saharan camp?

The Saharan camp is located in the middle of the desert surrounded by giant dunes, the tents are individual and comfortable, they are equipped with beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows and blankets. Toilets and showers are shared with hot water in winter.

Is it cold at night in the desert ?

In the Tunisian Sahara Desertn theres 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 ?

At the Saharan camp, you will find fresh soft drinks, beer and Tunisian wine available at the bar or served at the table during dinner

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Elvira Carvalho (Portugal)

Family Traveller

We like this wonderful trip to the desert of Tunisia with our kids. The overnight under tent was special, our kides liked very much the camle ride in the desert and the swim in the natural pool in the oasis.

July 17, 2019