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December 7, 2021
8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : FEB 22' - DEC 23'
Djerba
Djerba
Min Age : 12
Max People : 12

Perfect program for trek and hiking enthusiasts in the Tunisian Sahara Desert and Dhahar Mountains. Discover 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 cave houses.

Savor delicious meals of local Berber products and enjoy breathtaking landscapes with stunning sunrise and sunset.

Live the adventure with amazing overnights in cave Lodges in the desert under a starry sky.

Feel freedom in an infinite sea of sand dunes.

Details of the Desert Trek with Mountain Hiking Tour

Departure & Return Location

Djerba island or Tozeur Airport 

Departure Time

The day after your arrival at 07:30 am

Price Includes

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

Price Excludes

  • Pick up from other cities
  • Drinks in the hotels
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Tips

Equipment to be provided

  • Sleeping bag (optional)
  • Flashlight
  • T-ShirtHut
  • Toilet bag
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Solar cream

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 group safety
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hiking tour through the Berber villages in southern Tunisia
  • Trek in the heart of the Tunisian Sahara Desert
  • Special experience with local Berber cave dwellers
  • Delicious Berber home-made meals of local products
  • Memorable overnights in the Sahara Bivouac

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 Desert Trek with Mountain Hiking Tour

DAY 1:ARRIVAL TO DJERBA ISLAND

Arrival at the airport of Djerba.

Assistance by our team and 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:THE CHARM OF THE CREST VILLAGES CHENINI AND DOUIRET

After breakfast, departure to the Dhahar Mountains crossing the Roman causeway, the road connecting the island to the mainland.

Visit to Ksar Ezzahra, former Berber granary used to store food in its Ghorfas.

Then, drive to Douiret, an ancient and abandoned fortified Berber village that 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 Berberber 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”. Afterward, we continue the hiking from the other side of the mountains to Douiret (about 2h30 Hiking time).

Arrive at 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 troglodyte LodgeGîte de Douiret”.

DAY 3:GUERMESSA THE MYSTERIOUS VILLAGE

After a tasty and full breakfast of local products.

We put our luggage in the car and drive to Chenini where the third hiking tour to Guermessa starts (About 3h30 Hiking time).

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

Visit the village and typical lunch to savor the delights of the Beber culinary art.

After lunch, departure to visit Ksar Hadada, a former granary used by Nomadic and Berber tribes to store food supplies.

It was a set location for the “Star Wars” movie in the episode “The Phantom Menace”. Drive to Zammour, a quiet village nestled in the heart of the Dhahar Mountains.

Arrive and begin the 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.

DAY 4:WONDERFUL OVERNIGHT IN THE SAHARA DESERT

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

After that, we begin to hike (about 3h00) discovering the mountainous land around Zammour village.

Feel breathing fresh and pure air with the perfume of many aromatic plants such as Rosemary and Thyme.

Then drive to Toujene, a 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 to a Berber dwell cave house to discover the ancestral traditions of Berber cave dwellers.

Afterward, you enjoy a delicious home-made lunch prepared by Berber women.

In the evening, departure to Douz, “The Gate of Sahara” and transfer in 4×4 vehicle to the entrance of the desert of fine sand.

You meet our Bedouin cameleers team, the local Sahara guides, some camels to carry our luggage, and others to ride at your convenience when it’s necessary.

Dinner around a campfire and overnight in Bivouac tents under a starry sky.

DAY 5:ADMIRING A SPECTACULAR SUNRISE IN THE SAHARA DESERT

After your first wondrous night in the desert, you’ll admire a spectacular sunrise and then enjoy a tasty breakfast in such a peaceful place surrounded by golden sand dunes of the Sahara. It is really an infinite pleasure!

Begin your journey with memories that will be etched in your mind forever, you walk again discovering breathtaking places and landscapes in the huge Sahara.

At midday, you have 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 enjoy a mouthwatering Bedouin dinner around the campfire and listen to the Nomad local music.

DAY 6:CROSSING ENDLESS SAND DUNES AND ADMIRING A STARRY SKY

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

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

You carry your luggage and bags 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 move through the huge Sahara to our camp location. You will have time to meditate and admire a wonderful sunset.

You can enjoy helping our cameleers prepare the sand bread and mint tea.

After a delicious dinner around a campfire prepared by our Bedouin team.

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 7:BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES FROM THE DESERT AND BACK TO CIVILIZATION

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, 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 8:END OF THE TRIP

After breakfast at the hotel, departure to the airport for the return flight. End of our service

Map of the Desert Trek with Mountain Hiking Tour

Photos of the Desert Trek with Mountain Hiking Tour

Frequently asked questions

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 trek?

In the desert Mineral Water and soft drinks are available.