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Many people will stop off in Tozeur on a desert safari through Tunisia's great south. However, it is well worth taking the time to explore the town centre with its ornate brickwork and huge oasis. The unusual activities and places of interest in the surrounding area make Tozeur an unforgettable

destination. The summer months can be sizzlingly hot, but winter sunshine is practically guaranteed!

Getting There

Internal flights from Tunis and Djerba (1 hour) arrive in Tozeur regularly and there are direct scheduled flights from many European cities. There is also an overnight train service (but no couchettes) to Metaloui from Tunis (8 hours) and louage (shared) taxis are common.

Eating Out

Tozeur's hotel have excellent a la carte restaurants, buffets and poolside snack bars. Lunch at the Tamerza Palace Hotel in Tamerza, overlooking the remains of the old village washed away by flash floods, should not be missed.

Don't Miss

  • A ride on the Red Lizard tourist train from Metlaoui through the spectacular Seldja Gorges.
  • The Dar Chraiet Museum in Tozeur, depicting Tunisian life in past centuries.
  • Sticky Deglet Nour dates fresh from the palms of Tozeurs verdant oasis.
  • A camel caravan over the sand dunes at sunset.
  • The silence and incredible mirages of the Chott El Jerid salt lake.


Four wheel drive vehicles and drivers are easily hired. The Sahara Desert is unforgiving and we strongly recommend you do not stray from the main roads without a guide. Alternatively local travel agencies and hotels can organise excursions.

  • The town of Douz on the fringes of the Sahara is famous for its weekly camel market on Thursdays.
  • A swim in La Borbeille, the oasis at Nefta (separate bathing times for men and women).
  • Venture down the steep path to discover the source of the hidden spring at Chebika, and marvel at the steep gorges in the border town of Mides.

Cultural Events & Festivities

Mountain Oases Festival (Tamerza) March A celebration of the Saharan way of life.
International Oasis Festival
November A series of special events to commemorate the date harvest.
International Sahara Festival
November / December Camel racing, traditional marriage ceremonies with regional music, singing and poetry.


  • Sand surfing
  • Go-karting
  • Quad-biking
  • Offroad four-wheel drive adventures
  • Hot air ballooning


There is a golf course currently under construction.



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