Henchir Hamrouni Chebika Travel Guide

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Henchir Hamrouni Chebika Things to Do

  • Tamerza - abandoned village

    But not everything here is so empty and not only tourists are those who visiting this place. The main waterfall is about five meters high, and carries water all through the year, and the waterfall attracts local children who suddenly show up and it seems to you as if they came out of the rocks. In the early morning or dusk, when is not so hot, you...

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  • Tamerza - abandoned village

    Oasis of Tamerza possesses a wild beauty that captivates at first glance and it leaves no one indifferent. It is one of those places you wish to see again. Harsh mountain ranges have generated water which gave life to the palm trees and it made landscape to be exceptionally beautiful. Brown passes into green, green passes into yellow, yellow-ecru...

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  • Tamerza - abandoned village

    Tamerza is situated in a hill country near the border with Algeria, and it is the largest mountain oasis in Tunisia. This oasis was known even in the Roman times, called Ad Turres. The village was abandoned in 1969 when the river flooded after it rained 22 days without stopping. I can understand that the village of Chebika was abandoned, since it...

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  • Tamerza - abandoned village

    Above the abandoned village rises high rock wall that protects a village from the mountain winds. And just when we thought that we have to descent back to the village, we saw a very narrow notch between the rocks which goes to the other side. The corridor is long about twenty meters and in some places one must pass it by walking sideways. People...

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  • Worth it for the View

    At the top of the steps you have to climb the rock a little further - but make the effort its well worth it for the views in any direction(pics 1 and 2). Even at this height there were purple flowers in the rock which added a lovely splash of colour to the scene. (Pic 3) Notice towards the top of the rock the statue of a mountain goat. (Pic 4 and...

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  • Hike Detour

    I hate to have to cover the same ground twice - and some of those rocks were a little dodge, glad I had my trekki sandals on , so even though it was quite hot by now the only option was to climb the steps near the pool to go up and over the hill and back down to the village. The round trip takes about 40 mins if including stopping at the falls for...

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  • Back to the village

    Well the views were mesmerising but we had to reluctantly head back to the village. To do this you have to climb up to a narrow rock pass - very narrow and glad I hadn't had lunch yet! (pic 1) Squeeze through this gap and head back down to the village below you (pic 2) - good views too from here and really glad to have made the effort for it. If...

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  • Village life?

    This is the old village of Chebika - the souhtermost of 3 mountain villages near the Algerian border. As you can see ffrom the pic is mostly stone ruins, being abandoned after a serious flood in 1969. Locals have mainly moved to a new village lower down but some eke a living out of the tourists with the souvenit stalls and cafe and also still try...

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  • Walk to Waterfall

    From the village there are steps down to a path alongside the stream which leads to the spring, pool (not too exciting) and the waterfall...this is the easiest way to view it - although there is some dodging of the trade sellars, other tourists and slippy rocks so take care.

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Henchir Hamrouni Chebika Warnings and Dangers

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    by croisbeauty Written Dec 18, 2014

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    At temperatures of over 40 C degrees danger of sunburn is very high. During my visit to Tamerza the temperature has climbed up to 55 C degrees, which is a direct risk of sunburn and collapsing. The only salvation from such high temperatures is to drink a lot of fluids, to put a head cover and to avoid greater physical effort. The air is boiling and one must breathe properly, inhaling through the nose and it is also preferable to make more frequent breaks and stay in the shade.
    In abandoned Tamerza there is a cafe where one could supplied with the water before starting to scroll around.

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Henchir Hamrouni Chebika Off The Beaten Path

  • Chebika

    When one sit at home and sift through images of the Sahara then in generally you can see the endless sea of sands and dunes. It never occurred idea to visit the Sahara because I thought it must be boring and dangerous place. However, after the first visit I realized how big mislead it was because now I know, Sahara is simply fascinating. Sahara is...

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  • Chebika

    Palm trees could not thrive if there is no water and not far from the village there is a rich source of water that comes directly from the rocks. Nature is really amazing, all around the country is dry and cracked and then there is a small canyon with extremely green and tall grass making surrounding rocks to look more reddish. If you have ever had...

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  • Chebika

    Chenika is less than one hour's drive from Tozeur with a macadam road that will, here and there, warn you to tightly cleave unto the seat and thus save the kidneys. Suddenly, as if by magic, appear reddish rocks interspersed with greenery. The old Chebika village was inhabited by Berbers who have left their homes after the great flood, and never...

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Henchir Hamrouni Chebika Favorites

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    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 25, 2014

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    Favorite thing: The old settlement of Tamerza, deserted nowadays, is situated right next to the water spring which give life to the palm trees and local people. This people here live in the extreme life conditions with the daily temperature which rises over 50 C degrees, and yet no rooftops on the houses. There must be a reason why but I didn't find it out:

    Fondest memory: There is a cafe bar in Tamerza, meeting point for tourist groups, and the last opportunity to buy a cold and fresh bottled water, which you will need so desperately when strolling around.
    The water can be bought even in Chebika but there is water sold and stands and I am not sure if it is an original charge.

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