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Ferries from Ajim to Jorf are fairly frequent leaving every 30 minutes. The journey takes about 20 minutes and it's very good value at 800 millimes (0.8 of a Dinar) for a car. Foot passengers travel for free and also avoid the hassle of having to wait.
We arrived at the port shortly at about 10.20 am hoping to get the 10.30 ferry. No such luck however and we didn't board a ferry until 11.30. The ferries are fairly small and take about 25-30 vehicles at a time.
Queues are said to be particularly bad in summer and at weekends. Our wait of over an hour wasn't something we had planned. However, there are shops and a cafe near the port which helped pass the time.
The journey itself is fairly uneventful. You get a good impression of just how flat Jerba is after you leave Ajim. On the other side, the coast is a little more interesting, though there is little to detain visitors in Jorf.
And if you are in car be prepared for some agressive driving from the other drivers when you leave the ferry. Cars may board in an orderly fashion but disembarking is a different story. As we were trying to pull out the cars to the left and the right of us both tried to push in front of us in a mad dash to get away.
Written Apr 12, 2006
We didn't stop at all in Ajim, as we had a long journey to Matmata ahead of us. What we saw of Ajim didn't look too interesting but if you're a Star Wars fan, you might be interested in seeing the bar where Luke Skywalker & Obi Wan meet Han Solo in the original Star Wars movie. According to my Rough Guide, you should look for the domed building about 50 metres down Avenue Abou el Kaecem Chabbi.
Updated Apr 19, 2006