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The gateway to the desert

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The Gateway to the Desert is an unforgettable excursion that takes you to the heart of the enchanting landscapes of Matmata and Douz. Prepare yourself for a day filled with cultural immersion, extraordinary sights, and thrilling adventures.

Discovering Matmata: A Troglodyte Marvel

Begin your unforgettable excursion, The Gateway to the Desert, and journey into the heart of enchanting Matmata and Douz. Prepare for a day of cultural immersion, extraordinary sights, and exhilarating adventures.

Matmata: Unveiling Earth-Carved Secrets

Our initial destination is Matmata, a hidden gem nestled amidst Tunisia’s rugged terrain. Here, you’ll have an exceptional chance to explore the ancient troglodyte village. Ingeniously carved into the earth, the houses create a captivating subterranean world. As you traverse the troglodyte houses, you’ll step back in time, marveling at the Berber people’s ingenious homes that have graced this unique landscape for centuries.

Embracing Berber Village Charm

Having absorbed Matmata’s history and beauty, our journey leads to the charming Berber villages scattered across the landscape. Immerse yourself in their warm hospitality as they unveil their traditions and way of life. Savor traditional delicacies, be captivated by their stories, and witness the vibrant hues of their handicrafts, vividly showcasing the depth of their culture.

Douz: The Desert’s Gateway Beckons

We continue toward Douz, affectionately known as “The Door of the Desert.” As we approach this gateway, the Sahara’s vast expanse unfurls before your eyes, an endless sea of golden sand. Adventure beckons! Choose between an exhilarating quad biking excursion, dashing across dunes with speed and thrill, or a serene camel ride, swaying in rhythm with these majestic creatures.

Saharan Splendor: A Profound Connection

Whichever experience you choose, the Sahara’s enchantment will etch itself into your soul. Its breathtaking beauty and tranquil vastness will ignite your sense of wonder, fostering a deep appreciation for the magnificence of nature’s simplicity.

A Meticulously Crafted Experience

The meticulously designed Gateway to the Desert excursion offers a glimpse into both the desert’s allure and local life within a single day. It captures the essence of Tunisian heritage, providing an authentic and immersive encounter that bridges cultures and encapsulates the Sahara’s mystical charm.

Join The Journey: Create Lasting Memories

Join us on this unforgettable journey where ancient history and thrilling adventures coalesce, forming memories that endure. Experience Matmata and Douz’s magic as we unlock the door to the desert’s wonders, inviting you to explore, connect, and become entranced by The Gateway to the Desert’s allure.

NB : This tour is based on at least 4 people.

About the Matmata Douz Excursion

  • Duation : 1 Day
  • Departure Time : 7:00  a.m
  • Pick up : Djerba and Zarzis (Other cities incur additional fees)
  • Confirmation : immediate
  • Guide : Arabic – French – English – German – Italian
  • Type of transport : Air-conditioned tourist vehicle
  • Excursion approved by the Tunisian Tourist Office 
  • Cancellation : See Terms and conditions

Good to Know

  • Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen and your sunglasses.
  • It is better to wear sneakers to walk in the sand
  • Tunisian cuisine is quite spicy, if you don’t eat spicy, please let us know.
  • If you have any food allergies, please let us know.
  • The camel ride in the dunes lasts 1 hour and costs around 10 euros per person
  • The quad ride takes about 40 minutes and costs about 30 euros per person.
  • Do not hesitate to take some pocket money if you want to buy some souvenirs (sand roses, a cheche or others) or give tips
  • The price of drinks on site and about 3 dinars per drink (about 1 euro)

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  • Take advantage of pick-up at your address in Djerba or Zarzis
  • Cross the stony tracks and discover the Tunisian Reg in 4 * 4
  • Go on an excursion to the desert and discover Douz the gateway to the desert
  • Enjoy a camel or quad ride in the middle of the desert
  • Walk the sand dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see
  • Go off the beaten track and experience nomadic life
  • Explore local life and eat Tunisian
  • Discover the famous troglodyte village of Matmata and visit a troglodyte dwelling
  • Discover Sidi Idriss where some Star Wars scenes were filmed
  • Visit the Berber villages of Tamazret and Toujane


  • The provision of a privatized 4*4 during the day
  • The services of a guide and a driver approved by the ONTT
  • Lunch (excluding drinks)
  • Our services and support
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Access to museums and sites
  • Optional walks
  • Tips for the guide and the driver


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