Highlights From a Trip to Sahara in Tunisia

Tunisia isn’t the most visited country in Africa, but it used to be popular. I remember people from all over Europe were coming to Tunisia for their all-inclusive vacation. After a situation got unstable all travel agencies dropped Tunisia as a destination, and while it got safe again tourists aren’t visiting Tunisia often. Which makes it less crowded and perfect opportunity to travel for you!

Tunisia also offers the best desert tours. I’ve done quite a few desert trips in Morocco, Oman, Poland and the US and I must say Tunisia is the winner. Trip to Sahara in Tunisia

Trip to Sahara in Tunisia

Getting to Sahara

In Tunisia, getting to the desert doesn’t seem that long as in Morocco, because you simply don’t just drive there for hours. You get to see some interesting cities and walk around during your breaks.

Among the other places, you even get to see the famous El Jam amphitheater which is way bigger than the Roman Colosseum. You also stop at various Berber houses and enjoy the local hospitality. You might even be able to make some Berber bread and cook it on a hot stone.


Places to See

The biggest attraction was surely George Lucas Village. If you watched one of the first new Star Wars movies, you might recognize houses built specifically for this occasion.

But let’s not forget about other great things, such as oasis. I got to see some coconut tree climbers, wild donkeys and locals just enjoying their time out in the nature.

Probably the highlight of the trip - visit at George Lucas' Star Wars village!
Probably the highlight of the trip – visit at George Lucas’ Star Wars village!

Tunisian Sahara

Beautiful oasis in Tunisia!
Beautiful oasis in Tunisia!

Sleeping in the desert & Sunrise Views

You get to sleep in a super nice hotel with a huge swimming pool. There aren't really many camping options and you should surely forget about glamping tents like in Morocco. In the evening, there was a dinner buffet with everything you could imagine to eat.

We've been woken up at 3:30 am for breakfast which was another buffet with plenty of hot and cold delicacies. After this feast, the bus drove us to the salt desert, just like those in Bolivia, where we could saw the sunrise. It was a bit overcrowded with tourists, however, it was extremely beautiful and standing on a salt lake added even more to the whole effect.

Later in the day I was taken into a 4x4 and shown how is it to drive around the dunes. The driver I had took part in Paris-Dakar race. When all of his passengers were holding in for dear life, he was steering with just one hand. Unbelievable!

Tunisian Sahara
Kissing a salamander at Tunisian Sahara

I'd surely go back to Tunisia and revisit the desert. While it was my first experience in the desert, it's still stuck in my memory as one of the best ones.

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  3. My family went to Morocco without me and I’ve been jealous of them ever since! Your notes read like you went on a planned trip. What company did you travel with or did you just plan it yourself?

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  8. I haven’t visited Tunisia yet, so I don’t have any opinion, but my impressions of Moroccan Sahara were totally different. Where did you go? I took a trip to Merzouga dunes this January and I was enchanted….

  9. Wonderful idea to compare the two desert trips. It’s so interesting what the anticipated experience is, like sleeping in a desert tent at an oasis, with the reality, sleeping in a tent city with electricity, plumbing, etc. So important to ask lots of questions and risk sounding like an imbecile sometimes!

  10. I was surprised that you wouldn’t recommend the Moroccan Sahara but I do agree that getting there really sucked. There were a few cool places, like you said, but it was soooo long. You must have gone to a different section of the desert though, our area was a lot more rustic and had no electricity or bathrooms and we were quite far from the closest city. I LOVED it.

    I do want to visit Tunisia though, and when I do eventually go I will have to take a Sahara tour so I can do my own comparison 🙂

  11. My only experience with deserts was when I was 8 and hated every second of it – ha! Now I’m eager to go again. That’s so cool that the Gladiator was filmed there!

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    I have never been to Tunisia desert.Looks like there are caves and architectural remains at George Lucas village That Salamander looks scary though!
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