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Hike Desert, Canyons and Berber Villages in Tunisia

7 nights
Moderate

Hike Tunisia's deep south, amongst organge-hued canyons, lush green oases, remote Berber settlements and the vast sand dunes of the Sahara

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with local, professional, English-speaking guides

Hotel & Camping

4 nights in traditional cosy guesthouses, 2 nights desert camping and 1 night in a luxury riad

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 dinners and 3 lunches

Transfers

Both airport transfers and travel between locations

Equipment

All camping equipment in the Sahara desert

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
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What's it like?

Desert Campfire, Tunisia -
Trekking the Sahara dunes, Tunisia
Gite de Douiret, Tunisia.
Camel driver in Tunisia's Sahara Desert
Chenini village, tunisia
Fire camp in the Sahara, Tunisia
Cooking in the desert, Tunisia.

Trek Tunisa’s ultimate wilderness - from arid lunar landscapes and sandstone mountains in Djebel Dahar to wild canyons and oaeses in Tozeur

Explore the vast dunes of the Grand Erg Oriental in the Sahara on foot, snoozing in remote desert spots and stargazing under the Milky Way

Immerse in the fascinating Berber-Amazigh culture as you roam centuries-old ksours (desert castles) and architectural gems in Tozeur's medina

Enjoy traditional Berber hospitality in authentic troglodyte houses carved out of rock and spoil yourself in a luxury riad with spa and pool

Key Information

Day 1

Journey to Dahar, in Tunisia's Deep South

Driving

5hrs

Upon arrival at Enfidha-Hammamet airport you'll be met by your local guide and hop on a long scenic transfer south, deep into Tunisia's remote Dahar region, one of the oldest mountain ranges in Africa inhabited by the Amazigh, the indigenous people referred to as the Berbers. Over the course of the week you'll be hiking through a striking arid landscape, dotted by rocky foothills and desert valleys, oasis towns, wild canyons and ancient villages carved out of rocks. The region's allure extends beyond its historic citadels into the boundless expanse of the Grand Erg Oriental, in the Sahara Desert. For the next two nights you'll bed down in a characterful family-run gite in the town of Douiret, a stunning mountaintop Berber village where you'll enjoy the unique experience of sleeping in traditional troglodyte cave-like rooms.

Day 2

Trek to the fortified Berber village of Chenini

Chenini village, Tunisia

Hiking

3-4hrs · 12km · 382m up · 312m down

Enjoy a traditional Berber breakfast in your cosy guesthouse, then set off on foot and descend the hilltop of Douiret, along a scenic trail immersed in a barren and exotic landscape, with rocky hills and red plateaus dotted by palm, fig, and olives trees. You'll be trekking along one of the 12th stages of the Great Dahar Crossing, Tunisia's first long-distance trail, reaching the impressive 12th century ksar (castle) of Chenini in time for lunch. This former fortified granary stretches into the tops of two mountains, separated by the white washed mosque of the Seven Sleepers in the middle. The hamlet today is still inhabited by about 600 people, while much of this ancient village is in ruins. Step back in time as you wander around the cave dwellings and narrow alleys, then head back to Douiret by transfer. Tonight you'll tuck into a traditional homecooked dinner in your cosy guesthouse, featuring traditional Tunisian dishes from the area.

Day 3

Hike a wild trail to the remote fortress town of Ksar Jouamaa

Hiking

6hrs · 16km · 500m up · 450m down

Driving

2hrs

You'll leave Douiret after breakfast and transfer two hours north towards Zammour, an authenthic Berber village hidden in the heart of the Matmata Mountains. Today's trail will climb a majestic rocky peak topped by an ancient ksar which dominates the view of the Dahar region. Hike amongst canyons, bare mountains and refreshing springs until reaching the enchanting fortress of Ksar Jouamaa in time for sunset. Enjoy some mint tea and soak in the mesmerising views from this remote location before hopping on a transfer back to your accommodation for tonight, an authentic guesthouses in an idyllic spot in the outskirts of Ksar Hallouf.

Day 4

Hike from Ksar Hallouf to Zammour and camp in Douz, gateway of the Sahara

Sunset in the Sahara, Tunisia

Hiking

4-5hrs · 13km · 450m up · 400m down

Driving

2hrs

Wake in a charming little ksar, surrounded by ancient citadels, perched on rocky peaks lined with palm trees far from the crowds. Explore the magnficent restored ghorfas of Ksar Hallouf (long, barrel-vaulted rooms built to store grain) and trek to Zammour, where you'll explore the nooks and crannies of some some of the most beautiful troglodyte houses in the whole of Tuinsia. Next, transfer to Douz, the gate to the Great Oriental Erg. Pay a quick visit to the fascinating Desert museum, then settle into your comfortable fixed desert camp in time for sunset, and tuck into dinner around the fire. Enjoy your first night under the stars, lulled by the tranquility of the desert and the twinkling of the stars.

Day 5

Sahara desert trek and night under the starry sky

Sabria Douz Sahara landscape, Tunisia

Hiking

5hrs · 17-20km · 150m up · 150m down

Grab breakfast at your camp, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure into the Tunisian desert. Today you'll hike immersed in the monumental beauty of the Sahara dunes, accompanied by a camel caravan which will be carrying your kit. The Grand Oriental Erg is known for its striking sand formations, sculpted by the wind, which reach impressive heights and offer a breathtaking scenery that extends as far as the eye can see. At sunset, you'll pitch your tents and enjoy the spectacle of the dunes bathed in a golden glow. Later, when night falls, warm up around a cozy campfire, and far from any light pollution watch the desert sky revealing itself in all its splendor, studded with bright stars and perhaps even a few shooting stars. Tuck into a delicious meal under the stars, before you fall a sleep in a comfortable bivuac to the gentle rustling of the sand.

Day 6

Trek the desert dunes back to Douz and on to Tozeur

Hiking

4-5hrs · 15km · 200m up · 200m down

Driving

2hrs

Wake up in the remoteness of the Sahara, then trek back to Douz via a different route traversing more giant dunes. Enjoy a deserved shower in the fixed camp, before continuing by transfer via the vast Chot el Jerid Salt lake, the largest salt lake in the Sahara with a surface area of more than 2,700 square miles. With luck, you may be able to admire the rainbow-colored salt deposits. Your scenic journey ends in the old city of Tozeur, a beautiful oasis with thousands of palm trees, known for growing the best dates in all of Tunisia exported around the world. You'll have time to explore the old medina and its mavellous architecture of geometric designs. Tonight you'll stay at a luxury riad, a heaven of peace with hidden interior courtyards filled with vegetation, a swimming pool and a spa where you can try an optional traditional hammam.

Day 7

Trek up the Sidi Bouhlel canyon and transfer to the seaside gem of Hergla

Chebika landscape and canyon. Tunisia,

Hiking

4hrs · 9km · 480m up · 480m down

Driving

5hrs

Grab breakfast, then leave Tozeur behind and take a short transfer to Sidi Bouhlel, 20km northeast of town. Prepare to be blown away at each turn and bend as enjoy a final hike through an impressive canyon with stunning rock formations, also featured in movies such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones. This afternoon, rest your legs as you embark on a long journey back up north. You'll spend your final night of the trip in the charming seaside town of Hergla, a hidden Tunisian gem along the Mediterranean coastline in the Gulf of Hammamet. Compared to other popular resorts nearby, Hergla preserves an authentic small-town charm and it's the perfect place to relax after a busy week exploring the arid wilderness of Dahar. If you have energy, join an optional farewell dinner with your group, then get some deserved rest in the comfort of your local guesthouse.

Day 8

Goodbye Tunisia!

Beware camels crossing sign.

After seven days in the arid Dahar mountains and Sahara desert, today is time to bid farewell to your group and head back to the airport for your flight home. Enfidha airport is just a short drive away, and your host will arrange a transfer any time you choose to depart today. If your flight is later in the afternoon or evening, make the most of your time and consider chilling and soaking up the sun in one of Hergla's beaches. Alternatively, get lost in the town's alleys shopping for local crafts, immersed in the magical fusion between the cobblestones, the white walls, the deep blue windows, the pink bougainvilleas, and the sea in the background.

Day 1

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Desert Camp · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Wild camping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Riad · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Tunisian shared meal

Tunisia’s cuisine is a reflection of the diverse history and cultural influence by a variety of civilizations which have crossed its lands, including the Berbers, Arabs, Ottoman Turks, and French. One of the defining characteristics of Tunisian cuisine is its use of spices such as cumin, coriander, and saffron and harissa, a fiery chili paste made from red peppers, garlic, and spices. While in Dahar, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of included home-cooked meals and some fresh pic-nic lunches. Staple dishes include Couscous (semolina wheat prepared with a stew of meat or vegetables), Tajine (different from Morocco, made with beaten eggs, cheese, meat and vegetables ), Shorba (soups), salads, pastas, stews, Kaak (pastries) and Samsa (a traditional pastry). In the desert, you'll learn how to make the typical Berber 'Sand bread' and warm up with some drational mint tea.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Douiret

Spend the first two nights of the trip in a unique lodging in the Berber village of Douiret. Raouf and his family welcome you warmly in traditional troglodytic style rooms carved out of rock or, for the most claustrophobic, in one of the ghorfa, fitted out in old granaries overlooking the yard. Accommodation will be in twin-share rooms and toilet facilities are shared (separate for men and women). You're welcome to hang out in the many common aread in the property including cosy colourful decorated lounges and panoramic terraces. Wi-Fi is available in the guesthouse's restaurant, where you'll also have your daily breakfasts and homecooked evening meals.

Fire camp in the Sahara, Tunisia
Douz, Sahara Desert

Before embarking on your overnight Sahara desert trek you'll spend a night at Dunes Insolites, a comfortable fixed desert camp offering twin-share tent accommodation, with hot water showers and a café with shisha. On the second night, you'll venture deeper into the desert followed by a camels caravan. Here you'll spend a peaceful night in a bivouac, either on top of a dune for unrivaled panoramic views, or near an oasis to benefit from the freshness and surrounding greenery. Your camel drivers will prepare the tents for the night as well as a delicious meal cooked over a wood fire, under the stars.

Tozeour

In Tozeur you'll spend two nights in a characterful hotel walking distance from the medina, featuring an outdoor swimming pool and shaded terrace with barbecue facilities. Accommodation is in twin-share rooms with air conditioning, private balconies and views of the surrounding gardens and palm trees. .

L'artisan hotel, Hergla
Hergla

On your final night in Hergla you'll stay in a characterful local guesthouse, usually L'Artisan, located 800 metres from the beach. The property offers simple but nicely decorated rooms, some of which come with a terrace and a seating area with flat-screen TV, as well as air conditioning.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent at the hotels and desert camps can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (please note that availability due to the size of the accommodation used).

This trip has been rated as Moderate

This trip has been rated as Moderate and requires a good level of fitness. You'll be hiking up to 5-6 hours daily along paths of easy to moderate difficulty with some occasional steep or loose sections as well as some rocky trails, and up and down sandy Sahara dunes. The heat, remoteness and dusty conditions can make some of the days feel more tiring than expected, but overall a reasonable level of fitness and sense of adventure is all your need to enjoy the trip.

What will I need to carry?

You'll need to have a larger soft duffle bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you by camels and jeeps, and then a small daysack (20-30l) to carry personal items during each day. During the overnight desert trek, your main luggage will stay behind at the fixed camp and you'll small overnight kit, plus all communal camping equipment and food will be transported for you by the camels.

Climate Factors To Consider

This trip visits locations where daytime temperatures can be extremely high during the times of year when this trip operates. High humidity and limited access to shade can also be factors, and warm temperatures can continue into the nighttime, which additionally influence the body’s ability to cool down. Personal care should be taken to keep as cool as possible in the conditions, such as wearing appropriate clothing and proper hydration. Very high temperatures can impair an individual’s physical abilities to perform an activity that they may otherwise be able to do competently at cooler temperatures. People may experience symptoms associated with dehydration and Heat Stroke. Your guide(s) are trained to mitigate the risks associated with high temperatures, by carefully managing the intensity of the activity, and to provide the appropriate support response should someone feel ill during the trip. Should you experience health issues during your trip you should inform your guide immediately so the proper care can be provided.

The ideal period to visit the southern Tunisia's region of Dahar, where the itinerary runs, is between the months of October and May, when temperatures are milder avarageing 18-27°C. This part of the country is distinctly desert, hot and dry all-year-round. In the desert region around Douz temperartures fluctuate between 30°C during day time and below 5°C at night, so it's important to come prepared with layers and some warm clothings for the nights spent camping in the desert.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport

12:30 on Day 1

Ends

Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport

Any time on Day 8

Transfers

On Day 1 you'll be collected from Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport with a schedule transfer usually set to depart around 13:00. If you do fly in on Day 1, please make sure you book a flight that lands by 12:30 at the latest. Your host will inform you of the exact pick-up timings prior to your trip and you will then transfer south to the remote region of Dahar, with an expected journey time of approximately 5 hours. On Day 8 your final hotel is just a 20 minutes drive from the airport, and a free departure transfer is included any time you choose to depart.

Transfers are included in the main price if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 8. If you are arriving early or wanting to stay on longer, and require some private services, please contact your host to request this and refer to the Optional Extras for details on the rates.

Travel options

There are frequent direct flights to Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport from airports in the UK and Europe. If your flight doesn't land by 12:00 on Day 1, consider arriving a day earlier and spending a night in the nearby town of Hergla so that you can join the group transfer on Day 1. Your host can arrange an additional night of accommodation, subject to availability. See the Optional Extras section for prices.

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What's included?

During the night wild camping in the desert you'll be provided with:

  • All of your wild camping gear, including tents and mats
  • Carpets and warm blankets (if required)
  • All group cooking equipment, cups and utensils

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)

CLOTHES

  • Warm clothing for cold desert nights, but lighter clothes for warm daytime trekking
  • Warm jacket plus fleece jacket or similar
  • Thermals (December to February; merino is best)
  • Sun protection (hat/scarf, sunglasses, sun block)
  • A couple of buffs or neckscarfs
  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight long-sleeved shirt (for sun protection)
  • Broken-in hiking boots or shoes
  • Sandals
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Something to sleep in

SLEEPING

  • Sleeping bag for desert camping (optional)
  • Sleeping bag liner (recommended)
  • Travel pillow or pillowcase (optional)

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first aid kit, including rehydration salts, blister protection, ibuprofen, antiseptic cream
  • Personal items (such as sanitary wear, lip balm and moisturiser due to dry climate)
  • Sanitary supplies (toilet paper, wet wipes, and ziplock baggies to carry out)
  • Travel sickness tablets (optional)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Headtorch or torch
  • 2 reusable water bottles x 1.5 litre each with filter or purification tablets
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Additional Night in Hergla Twin/Double/Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Hergla Twin/Double/Single Room

Per Night

Optional Private Room and Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room and Tent Upgrade

Private Arrival Enfidha Airport - Hergla (2+ pax)

Payable Before Departure

Private Arrival Enfidha Airport - Hergla (2+ pax)

Per Person

Private Arrival Transfer Enfidha Airport - Douiret

Payable Before Departure

Private Arrival Transfer Enfidha Airport - Douiret

Private Arrival Transfer Enfidha Airport - Hergla (1 pax)

Payable Before Departure

Private Arrival Transfer Enfidha Airport - Hergla (1 pax)

Private Departure Transfer Hergla - Enfidha Airport (1 pax)

Payable Before Departure

Private Departure Transfer Hergla - Enfidha Airport (1 pax)

Private Transfer Hergla - Enfidha Airport (2+ pax)

Payable Before Departure

Private Transfer Hergla - Enfidha Airport (2+ pax)

Per Person

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 230kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

Marta Marinelli, raised in Italy’s serene Prosecco Hills, dreamt of global adventures, inspired by her father's travel stories. Her passion evolved into a career, backed by a decade of studies including degrees in international tourism and destination management. She’s worked in the adventure travel sector since 2012, living in Italy, the UK, and now sunny Portugal.

Over twenty years, Marta has explored over 55 countries, visiting remote areas like Ghana, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Haiti and Nepal’s Upper Mustang region. As a Senior Adventure Expansion Manager at Much Better Adventures, she focuses on creating life-changing experiences, ranging from multi-activity adventures, challenging treks to ultimate adventures in iconic places. She loves the challenge of finding the best local adventure hosts around the world, collaborating on adventures that offer genuine immersion, pushing beyond the beaten path and working on exclusive itineraries that challenge your comfort zone.

What makes her tick? Enabling people to live adventure-rich lives while positively impacting and empowering local communities around the world, generating sustainable opportunities for both the host, guides, community, and the environment.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

The tap water in Tunisia is not always friendly on the stomach. You may find purified water in some of the accommodation which you can use to fill up each morning, so be sure to pack a reusable water bottle or two. To avoid plastic waste where filtered water is not available, we suggest bringing water purification tablets or a different purification system for extra safety. Please find more info here.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation in Tunsia to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice however we suggest the below as a guideline per person, which equates to approximately Euro 70 for the whole trip as an acceptable amount.

Main tour guide: Eur 30-35 total per person Camel drivers: Eur 10 total per person, to be shared amongst the local team Local drivers: Eur 15 person Other tips for porters and restaurants staff: Eur 10 per person

Of course, you are free to tip more if you wish and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

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