THE OASIS OF KSAR GHILANE IN THE DESERT
AND THE BERBER REGION OF TATAOUINE
We will leave Djerba in a 4X4, early in the morning to enjoy the day.
We will take the Roman way, which connects the continent to the island of Djerba, this way also serves to bring by pipeline, fresh water on the island.
On the road which will take us to Medenine, we will cross fields of olive trees.
Medenine , is a crossroads city and one of the last cities before Ben Gardane and Libya. Next to the new city, there is the old Ksar, it is part of all these Berber ksour that we will visit during the day.
These are ancient fortified granaries, made up of cells in which the Berbers deposited their food reserves.
Then drive to the desert, and the oasis of Ksar Ghilane. We will pass by a road which winds between the hills, slowly, the landscape will become more and more arid and rocky, the ocher sand of the desert, will be made wait until the entry of Ksar Ghilane .
We will have lunch in a restaurant, at the foot of the dunes.
You will have free time in the oasis, with the possibility of swimming in the spring, and in addition: either take a camel ride, or a quad ride to the Roman fort of Tisavar.
In the middle of the afternoon, we will resume the road for our return to Djerba.
The southernmost of the Tunisian oases is one of the gates of the Tunisian Sahara desert, and also the starting point for quad biking or camel riding.
The oasis is supplied by a hot spring, a source from a failed oil drilling in 1953, instead of finding oil, the drillers found a captive water table, 700 m deep. The water flows to the surface at around 32 °, it is very sulfurous, you can bathe in it, it would have thermal properties.
You can also take a dromedary or quad ride.
Ksar Ghilane is a refuge for around fifty families of nomads living from the exploitation of the date palm and the breeding of goats and sheep.
4 km from Ksar Ghilane, Tisavar, a fort dating from Roman times
of the Emperor Commodus.
Tisavar is a rectangular construction, the walls, built
in cut stone over a height of 1.50 m, in smaller stones
above. It served as an outpost and base camp for their Saharan expeditions. It also allowed to control
the caravans which transported their wealth towards the coasts.
The old building was then occupied in the Middle Ages, before being restored by the French during the Second World War,
the fort was used by the Leclerc column during the bypass maneuver on the Mareth line.
KSAR GHILANE DAY TOUR FROM DJERBA
Departure by 4x4 car from your places of stay in Djerba direction Medenine.
Visit the Ghorfas, ancient granaries with honeycomb shapes,
Then drive to Ksar Ghilane, oasis surrounded by immense dunes
ocher sand (Erg oriental).
Lunch in a restaurant at the foot of the dunes.
Optional , possibility of camel or quad ride
to the Roman fort at TIsavar.
Bathing in the hot spring. (Optional)
Return to your place of stay in Djerba
Our private tour include lunch, excluding drinks
Price per person, based on 4 people 60 €
Price per person, based on 3 people 75 €
Price per person, based on 2 people 110 €
The price includes: Transport by 4x4 car
based on a minimum of 2 people per car
lunch. the driver, the services of an ONTT licensed guide
The following are excluded from the price: Drinks of all kinds
All that is not mentioned in the section
" the price includes "