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the ksours' road

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A January 2002 trip to Tunisia by rhiannon1968

Chenini (Berber Village Ruins) Photo, Tunisia, Africa More Photos
Quote: The ksours are old Berber stone villages clinging the imperious mountainsides. Most of them are now abandoned, except by maybe a handful of elderly people who have nowhere else to go.

the ksours' road

Overview

ksours road Photo, Tunisia, Africa
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Chenini, Mides, Tamerza and Chebika are the ksours I have visited. The first one is near the town of gabes, the remaining three near Tozeur. What they have in common is that they are built in ocher bricks that camouflage themselves really well with the colour of the surrounding mountains, offering ideal shelter and protection from aggressors and invaders.

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In general it's best to have a 4W car to get to them because of the mountain roads,

Silverleaf's Fox River Resort

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Hotel | "Tamerza Palace"

Silverleaf's Fox River Resort Photo, Sheridan, Illinois
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Let''s say this: we saw it and we went: WOW! The hotel is just so luxurious, so charming, so well integrated with the surrounding mountains (it''s built in the same soft ocher colour)... and the rooms: a dream! They all have windows or balconies facing towards the front - overlooking the ruins of the old berber settlement... and they all have a charming little sitting-room. What else can I say? A cosy hall, a huge swimming-pool, tables and deckchairs outside... and Tunisian music played discreetly in the background. A real oasis of peace: we really wished we could have stayed another few extra nights.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2002

Silverleaf's Fox River Resort
2558 N. 3653rd Road
Sheridan, Illinois 60551
(815) 496-2369

Chenini (Berber Village Ruins)

Attraction | "the ksour of Chenini"

Chenini (Berber Village Ruins) Photo, Tunisia, Africa
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Chenini is a ksour not too far from Gabes, and out of the 4 I have visited it's the best preserved of them: most of its old Berber buildings and granaries are still intact. From the parking lot near the restaurant you can walk up the trail that leads you through it - it's a 15 minutes really easy but charming walk.


The village is built in ochre bricks right on the slope of the barren ochre mountain, and sometimes even inside. The only building that stands out is a little white (recently built) mosque right by the side of the village. The name, translated, is Mosque of the Seven Sleepers.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2002

Chenini (Berber Village Ruins)
Tataouine District
Chenini, Southern Tunisia

Tamerza (Berber Village Ruins)

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Attraction | "the ksour of Tamerza"

Tamerza (Berber Village Ruins) Photo, Tunisia, Africa
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Nothing like the other ksours... most of the old berber village is now completely in ruin, but not less charming... it's on top of a cliff right in front of the area's only accommodation, the Hotel Tamerza Palace. It's the least well-preserved of those I visited, but the one whose charm struck me most. Why? First of all we had the place all to ourselves: definitely it's not a tourist destination. we loved its architecture, it's quiet, it's absent of people trying to sell you something. The only person we encountered was a young boy, who saw us walking there as he was on his way to school... he decided to cut classes and join us for a talk: that was his curse - three of us were teachers who decided w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2002

Tamerza (Berber Village Ruins)

Tamerza, Tunisia

Mides "Canyon Village"

Attraction | "the ksour of Mides"

Mides
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Mides... the last berber outpost before Algeria, which is less than 1 kilometre away. They also call Mides the "Canyon Village" because it is built right over a small deep canyon - very sceninc. The village itself is very tiny... not more than couple of dozen houses I would guess, and a white mosque. The canyon is a better attraction, mainly because there's a path that leads you down to it: I'm afraid that there's no path going up from the other side. Why? well, because the canyon is the border... and on the other side... well, welcome to Algeria.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 17, 2002

Mides "Canyon Village"
Hill Country near Algeria
Tunisia

Chebika Mountain Village

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Attraction | "the ksour of Chebika"

Chebika Mountain Village Photo, Tunisia, Africa
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Of all the ksours, Chebika turned out to be my favourite one. It's slightly more touristic than the others but the location is simply suberb. It's squeezed between a salt lake (the Chott el-Gharsa) and some barren and stunning mountains (the Jebel En Negueb). The berber village is no longer inhabited but well preserved - if you climb up the side of the mountain you pass through it and reach the bottom of a cliff. The views are great - but it's nothing like what you'll discovered once you'll go through the little gap of the cliff... once on the other side of the mountain the landscape becomes even more dramatic: mountains and gorges everywhere. In the distance you'll see some palm trees: if you start w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2002

Chebika Mountain Village
foot of the mountains of the Djebel el Negueb
Chebika, Tunisia