WORLD AWAY FROM REALITY!
Riding a camel on the Sahara was the highlight of our trip to tunisia. When we got there we were all given robes to wear. They looked a bit silly but it was fun and it protected us from the sun. The we went out to the sand dunes and got on the camels. The ride lasted about an hour. We had a stop about half way to take some photos. The sand is a lot...more
The Sahara Desert starts just outside the Al Mouradi Hotel. And so the Camel rides begin. The local Bedouin have hundreds of camels for you to ride - or not. The smell is overpowering. For a few dollars you can enjoy a quick journey into the desert before retiring to your hotel.more
OK, so it's cliché, and you could probably call it a tourist trap. Still, how could you possibly say no to a camel ride?Douz is a good base to explore the desert, and a good place to book a ride.We were part of a group, and they splitted us amongst the guides (because of course you're not expected to be able to control your camel): each guide took...more
This coming December I will go for a horseridingcircuit in the Tunisian Sahara, all luggage packed on dromedaries.I am very delighted because most of such trips are guided by jeeps and this one is assured to be more romantic like in the old days when the bedouins where protecting their meharees with their fast horses.There companions who are riding...more
After wandering a couple of hours in the Dous Zouk, and with a weather of 48 degrees (was the hottest day of all our trip), we found a very nice cafe in the second floor of a building surrounding the Main Plaza. We enjoyed a very hot mint tea and some dates, and as we were told hot beverages are good for the hot weather...The café also has this...more
20TD for a double room and breakfast with own shower and toilet, clean, comfortable and airy. This...more
Zone touristique, Douz, 4260, Tunisia
Good for: Families
Huge sand dunes, vast open spaces and the magic of the Tunisian Sahara. The Hotel Mouradi Douz...more
Almost every independent traveller in Douz ends up in Restaurant Ali Baba, run by a very friendly man called Ali. The food is typical Tunisian fare value. You have the usual choice of Brik a l'Oeuf or Salade Tunisien for starters and then dishes like Merguez or Couscous a l'Agneau for main course. However, it's very cheap and the Ali is a really...more
Douz was quiet in the evenings and after we had finished our dinner there was little left to do in the town. We couldn't find any place serving alcohol in the old town, while all the cafes were the typical men-only type of Tunisian cafes which you see all over the country. It may have been quiet because it was a Monday or maybe because it was March and there were few tourists around or perhaps it's just always quiet in Douz. This suited me fine as the less alcohol I drank, the better I slept and hence I could wake earlier and see more during the days. After our meal we returned to the terrace in out hotel, where we would read or plan what to see the following day. A French couple were there too though they had managed to buy a bottle of wine somewhere. So you can get alcohol in Douz, provided you know where to go.
One of Tunisia's big draws is the Sahara desert and the chance to experience it on camel hump. Actually you won't be able to since one hump creatures are dromedaries, two hump animals are camels - and the Sahara version has one hump. Double-humps plod around Asia, not North Africa.Anyway, perhaps we won't be pedantic today, so let's call a...more
Riding on the camel's back is probably the most attractive way to explore the desert. Though, I didn't find it very comfortable way because the camel is moving "in all directions". You are going constantly up and down and it reminds me like being in the boat under the huge waves. Now I know why they call camels the desert boat.more
Go to Ave. des Martyrs to do your shopping, for there are several shops alongside it. Among the most popular things to load yourselves with there are: *desert roses (but mind the fact that they are quite heavy and you'll have to drag them back to your resort), *Saharan sandals (10-20 USD for the best quality ones), *local tribe garments (useful...more
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Douz is a carrefour for many Arabians who gather anually for the International Sahara Festival. Competitions such as camel rides and local dances are presented to a bigaudience from all Arabian countries. Prominents come from Europe and Saudi Arabiaeven.The festival has been made international and lasts for at least 4 days. When I was therein 2005,...more
This is, undoubtely, my best shot in all of the Douz adventure. There was a gruop of locals standing or sitting nearby the camel's resting post and among them I saw this remarkable old man. I've shot this first picture without asking him for permition, actually he wasn't even awware that I took it. Then I displayed him the picture and he was very...more
This traditional family scene was hanged in the room of our hotel in Douz. The husband is sitting in the upper right corner together with 4 wives. The older (the first wife) sits by the side of the husband. Two are in charge of very young children while one is preparing the “couscous” grains.Among the 3 older girls, one is helping for the couscous....more
During our camel trek we were joined by a man on a horse who travelled with us for a short time and then, after we stopped, asked us if we wanted to have our picture taken on his horse. He was obviously only after money and as we were here to ride on camels, not horses, we refused. So off he went to try his luck with other tourists. I've no idea how much he will ask you for but it's probably best to avoid this kind of thing.
The camel ridding. Of course the tour guide said it was an optional. Then they took everybody there. Everybody dressed with gelebijahs and head covers. Everybody climbed on a camels back praying no to fall. And everybody went for this ride where small children were "guiding" us. A tourist show BUT this was a nice experience for me. Now I can say...more
Travels to places like Tunisia involves a lot of fighting the heat, especially if you, like me (I am still surprised as to why I did that), go there right in the middle of the summer. Here’s a list of useful items to take:
- Hats and other covering: Large brimmed hats that provide head covering and some shade. For women, they are also a proof of modesty, welcomed when visiting old churches and mosques. Scarves and the like covering shoulders and arms can keep the sun off during treks. A cloth hat or scarf can be soaked to help keep the head cool.
- "Squeeze Breeze": this is a water bottle with a sprayer and a battery-operated fan attached. The beach toy to take with you!
- Sun block: While sun blocks may be purchased in Tunisia, people tend to prefer sticking with their own favourite brand (the skin, too, ‘gets used’ to it), and there’s not guarantee you’ll find it on the spot. So take your own, if you have preferences!
This picture, with one of us walking in the (ex)covered way shows the size of the structure. Once home, I made some research and finally found that this wall was what limited the Roman Empire towards the South and was designed to prevent looters to ruin the wealthy Roman Africa !You can find more recent pictures (2002) of the wall on my Tunisia...more
Once we drove closer and could reach it, we discovered that it was a defense wall which seemed to have been covered on all its length while in the center, the cover had collapsed. Soldiers could walk from one end to the other, unseen and tiny opening in the structure allowed watching (or more !)more
On our first night in Douz we went to the great Dune to try catch the sunset. We had been travelling all day and it was very tempting to go to our hotel and sleep but in the end we decided to make the effort and go to the Dune.It was well worth it. We were approached by locals offering camel rides, dune buggy rides and so on. But that evening all...more
We had little time to prepare for the experience, as, no sooner had I handed over the money we were up on the camels. I expected mounting to be difficult but it was very easy. There is a sudden jerk forward but as long as you hold on tight it's ok. And so we were off. It all happened so quickly I almost didn't take it in. The guide who...more
As dawn broke and I woke up I got a gradual impulse to do a camel ride in Douz. Up until that moment we had not really been sure about this but seeing the desert (or at least the Grad Dne) the previous night had obviously had an effect on me. Ruth was pretty keen to do it too so we got up earlyish (at about 8), packed our clothes and went down...more