Tunisia Journals

Its hot in the Sahara!

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A travel journal to Tunisia by garymarsh6

The Great Mosque of Sidi Oqba Photo, Kairouan, Tunisia More Photos
Quote: Region around the Sahara desert in Tunisia and mid Tunisia.

Hot springs Tunisia

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The water cooling tower. Photo, Tunisia, Africa
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Hot Springs Tunisia.Whilst driving along the route beside the Sahara desert we came across a hot spring and cooling tower. Water was being extracted from the spring but needed to be cooled as the water came out of the ground in excess of 50 degrees centigrade. How to cool boiling water in the middle of the desert?The cooling tower was made of concrete approximately 100 feet tall and the water pumped to the top of it where it was released to cascade down what looked like a washing board but on a greater scale. There were vents in the layers all the way down which allowed air to pass through. This helped cool the water which then came out at the bottom. It was possibl...Read More

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Douz

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Outside the town Main gates Photo, Douz, Tunisia
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Douz.Douz is a small town on the edge of the Sahara desert in central Tunisia. It is known as and often referred to as the Gateway to the Sahara. In days of old it was an important stop off for the camel trains on their routes throughout the Sahara. The town was actually an important stop as it was an oasis where the merchants could rest and their camels replenish their stocks of water prior to their trek through the dessert. We only spent one night in the town and were so tired we actually never ventured out from the hotel at all. We arrived after dark after a long day of travelling and sightseeing en route so I can not really comment on the town at all. In the morning we wer...Read More

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Chott El Jerid

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Attraction | "Salty oasis in the dessert."

Chott El Jerid Photo, Tozeur, Tunisia
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Chott el Jerid.Chott el Jerid is a massive Salt Lake in the centre and South East area of Tunisia. We passed this massive salt lake on route from Douz to Tozeur. The salt lake of Chott El Jerid has been formed over centuries from water that trickles down from the surrounding mountains forming a shallow lake that stretches for miles. When I say Lake It certainly is not very deep and in fact may be only several inches deep in places when it is full. The lake stretches for 12 miles in one direction to over 160 miles long and is the largest salt lake in the Sahara. It is possible to use a boat during the winter months to cross the lake when it is full however for most of the year the lake is ...Read More

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Chott El Jerid

Tozeur, Tunisia

Camel trek

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One of the camel herders with 3 camels. Photo, Douz, Tunisia
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Camel trek in the Sahara.We got up at some ungodly hour to have breakfast prior to being taken down to the camel station where we put on Berber style Galabeyas and donned head scarfs for our trek into the dessert.The camels were lead out of the camel shed tied in groups of three or four camels each herded by a man who lead them to where we were waiting. They appeared to be quite graceful as they were led towards us slowly ambling in a straight line in single file. All the camels lay down and looked quite awkward as they went down as if their legs buckled and they fell to a lying position. Some of the camels looked quite docile whilst others bared their teeth with their foamin...Read More

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The Great Mosque of Sidi Oqba

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Attraction | "A vast Mosque in the middle of Tunisia."

The Great Mosque of Sidi Oqba Photo, Kairouan, Tunisia
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Kairouan. The great Mosque of Sidi Oqba.We visited the city of Kairouan in the North East of Tunisia to visit the city’s famous mosques. The great Mosque of Sidi Oqba is reckoned to be the fourth most important mosque in Islam after the mosque in Mecca. Pilgrims can make seven pilgrimages to the great Mosque of Sidi Oqba as it is known which is equivalent to making a pilgrimage to Mecca.Building the mosque.The mosque was built in the 670AD and is absolutely vast although the original mosque was destroyed in 670 but rebuilt even grander than the original in 703. The area covered by the mosque totals 9000 square meters. Not only is the mosque vast but out...Read More

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The Great Mosque of Sidi Oqba

Kairouan, Tunisia