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Wild bivouac night in Ksar Ghilane

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Duration

2 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

For the wild bivouac excursion in the desert of Tunisia, camels are essential to move around.

Camels: The Desert’s Trusted Companions

Camels are tireless walkers and they can carry up to 300 kg of luggage. In the desert, you can only find what you bring, and for a bivouac in the desert, you need tents, mattresses, blankets, food, water, and all the kitchen equipment. Of course, camels also carry your bags, allowing you to travel light!

An Unforgettable One-Night Experience

At a minimum, you can do this experience for just one night. Although the duration is short, it will leave you with unforgettable memories and will surely make you want to come back for longer.

Embarking on Your Desert Journey

You will leave with the dromedaries and their camel drivers in the afternoon, around 3 pm in winter or around 4.30 pm when it is warmer. For 1.5 to 2 hours, you will walk, either on the dromedaries or next to them—your choice.

Preparing for the Bivouac

Before nightfall, your camel drivers will set up the bivouac, and you can help find the wood to make the fire.

Delightful Evening in the Desert

When night falls, it’s time to enjoy a delicious couscous by the wood fire. After dinner, it’s the preparation of the traditional green tea. Traditionally, it is during the tea tasting that stories are shared, songs are sung, and conversations flow.

Choose Your Sleeping Experience

When it’s time to go to bed, you have a choice—sleep under the tent or under the stars. When the weather is clear, most of the time, the sky is extraordinary. The luminous night, without pollution, offers a landscape of sparkling and numerous stars. The silence is total. For your comfort, we provide tents, mattresses, and two blankets per person. If possible, bring a sleeping bag; if you don’t have one, we have some to lend.

Morning in the Desert

When you wake up at sunrise, breakfast is ready. The aroma of bakery delights fills the air. You’ll enjoy flatbread baked in the sand, eaten hot with jam, cheese, olive oil, and biscuits—a real treat. Then, after breakfast, it’s time to set off again and return to the starting point.

An Authentic Desert Experience

The wild bivouac night in Ksar Ghilane is a 100% local and authentic experience. This tour is for those who want to avoid the crowds and tourist spots, and instead, discover local life and meet the locals. With Bedouin camel drivers born in the desert, you will spend the night in the middle of nowhere.

A Night of Cultural Immersion

First, go to the campsite on the back of a camel. Then, look for wood to light the fire and help prepare dinner. At night, around this fire, enjoy a Tunisian dinner, listen to the stories of the camel drivers, and dance to 100% Bedouin music. At the end of the day, you will sleep under a starry sky where the Milky Way will seem close at hand.

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

About the night in Bivouac in Ksar Ghilane

  • Duration : 2 days
  • Departure Time : 6h30 a.m
  • Pick up : Djerba – Zarzis – Tataouine and Gabès (our team picks you up wherever you are in these cities)
  • Confirmation : immediate
  • Guide : Arabic – French – English – German – Italian
  • Type de transport : Air-conditioned tourist vehicle
  • A trip approved by the Tunisian Tourist Office
  • Cancellation : See Terms and conditions

Good to know

  • No sanitary facilities on site during the night: so plan your toilet bag.
  • The bivouac excursion in the Tunisian desert requires authorization from the Tunisian authorities, we will need a copy of your passport
  • For the camel ride it is best to wear trousers
  • For walking in the desert it is best to provide walking shoes.
  • Please let us know if you have any food allergies.
  • During the winter, the nights are cold, bring warm clothes.
  • The tent, mattresses and blankets are provided by our agency.
  • After the homestay visit we leave a tip to the family, do not hesitate to take some pocket money.

The Tour on the Map

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Highlights

  • Take advantage of pick-up at your address in Djerba or Zarzis
  • Enjoy a local experience and go off the beaten track
  • Leave the island of Djerba via the ferry (ferry) and return via the Roman road to discover the 2 entrances to the island.
  • Enjoy a camel ride of about 2 hours in the dunes of the Sahara.
  • Help find the wood, light the fire and prepare dinner over a wood fire.
  • Watch the sunset in a unique setting in the middle of the desert
  • Spend a night under the stars in a Bedouin tent
  • Enjoy a Bedouin evening with the camel drivers
  • Eat organic and enjoy a dinner prepared over a wood fire
  • Attend a demonstration of the preparation of sand bread (bread cooked under embers)
  • Visit the local market in Douz
  • Visit a Berber family in a cave house and learn more about Berber tribes
  • Explore the Hotel Sidi Idriss and the world of Star Wars
  • Discover the Berber village of Toujane nestled between two mountains.

Itinerary

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Day 1
Day 1

Our team will pick you up in the morning at your accommodation to accompany you during these two days of discovery.
You will leave the island via the ferry (a ferry that carries about twenty cars for a crossing of about 20 minutes) and you will head towards Matmata, the troglodyte village par excellence.
On your arrival, you will visit a Berber family in their troglodyte house. With your guide, you will be entitled to all the rooms to discover the characteristics of its dwellings and you will even be welcomed by a good rosemary tea, served with olive oil and honey.
If you are a woman, your host will also be happy to put on the traditional outfit of the region for you to take some pictures.
Before going out, don’t forget to thank your hosts by leaving them something.
Continuation to Douz, the gateway to the desert. Arrival and visit of the colorful souk (if it is a Thursday it will be the best day as you could discover the cattle souk).
Lunch in a typical restaurant.
After the meal, continue to the small sandy village of Sabria where you will meet the camel drivers and begin a camel trek of about 2 hours.
At the end of the journey and when you arrive at the camp site, install yourself under the Berber tents in the middle of the large fine sand dunes (no tourist camp).
Free time to admire the colors of the sunset in the middle of nowhere… and the possibility of contributing to the search for wood to light the fire and even to the preparation of dinner on site.
During this evening, attend the preparation of the sand bread (bread prepared on site by the camel drivers and cooked under the embers) and enjoy a Berber dinner and an evening hosted by your friends the camel drivers.

Dinner and small entertainment around the fire.
Night in tents

Day 2
Day 2

After breakfast, we take leave of the camel drivers and get into the 4×4. Departure to Douz and possibility of a quad ride in the sand dunes (extra). Continue to the city of Matmata and visit the sets of the Star Wars film.
Lunch in a typical underground restaurant.
After the meal we will go to visit the famous Berber village of Toujane where you will enjoy a hike of about 1 hour with a local guide. Visit the village, discover its houses and learn more about the 1969 floods. Discover the oil mill and the water point, then return to Djerba by the Roman road.
At this time, it would already be noon, so it’s time to eat, Djerbienne style! Your guide will accompany you to the fish market in Houmt Souk. The place where you will be introduced to a rare method of selling fish either “auction” or auction! Visit and your guide will take care of choosing the fish of the day. Then, in the restaurant next door, the gentleman will take care of grilling them for you and serving them at the table accompanied by a good Tunisian salad and fries.
Once your stomach is full, it’s time to digest a little! Then follow your guide for a walk in the alleys of Houmt Souk. Discover with him the old caravanserais also called “Fondouks” and learn more about the caravanners! Discover the spice market and the covered souk where you will find everything you need for your shopping and your gifts!
At the end of the day, head to Djerba Explore and take the time to visit these 3 modules! Start with the Lella Hadhria museum, the Heritage module and of course the crocodile park!
Once the visit is over, our team will accompany you to your hotel and it will be the end of your services, hoping to see you again for other activities and other discoveries.

Included/Excluded

  • Provision of a private vehicle for 2 days of the excursion.
  • The services of a guide approved by the Tunisian Tourist Office for 2 days
  • The services of a driver approved by the Tunisian Tourist Office for 2 days
  • Lunches for 2 days in local restaurants (excluding drinks)
  • One camel per person for the trek in the desert
  • Accommodation in a Bedouin tent for 1 night
  • Mattresses, blankets and necessary equipmentur assistance during the excursion
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for the guide and the driver

Duration

2 Days

Language

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