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“Visiting the Tunisian Sahara Desert”
Review of Tunisian Sahara

Ranked #54 of 244 things to do in Tunisia
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Owner description: The largest desert in the world, extending between 800 and 1,200 miles and at least 3,000 miles from east to west, covers one-fourth the area of Africa including the lands of Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.
Madrid, Spain
2 reviews
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“Visiting the Tunisian Sahara Desert”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

It is a great experience!!! Highly recommended. You can visit the desert both riding a camel or in a 4x4 car. It is very funny! You can also visit the sceneries where Star Wars was filmed.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank luismugon
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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“Excellent value for money”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Went on the sahara trip with my two daughters booked through holiday rep. Although it was an early start leaving the hotel at 6am it was well worth it. First stop amphitheatre where gladiators was filmed. Next stop visit to the people who live in the caves.
lunch in one of the dug out caves, then onto the sahara to ride the camels.
Stayed in a lovely hotel had dinner and guide told us he would be waking us up at 3.45am.
Next morning breakfast in the hotel snd back on the road, first stop salt lake then onto beautiful place with palm trees loaded with dates, limes,mangos,bananas. This included horse and cart ride.
Onto the atlas mountains in four by fours brilliant views and stunning oasis welll worth it.
downside bus was packed and I ended up ditting on the back middle seat of the bus.
wouldnt recomend with younger children due to travelling time but otherwise a a definite must!

Visited August 2013
1 Thank 622Jill
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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“A trip not to be missed”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

An enjoyable trip with an opportunity to see the real Tunisia and not just the tourist resorts.
Don't get me wrong, it was a long trip covering 700km over 36 hours but saw many sites.
For me, the trip into the Sahara on camel back was the highlight. A word of advice though, we stopped half way for a break from our camels and before we knew it we had bottles of coke thrust into our hands with the tops coming off before you had the chance to realise what was happening. These drinks were then sold at the elevated price of 5TD (about £2.30) so not the end of the world but a bit underhand.
The jeep safari into the desert to see the Star Wars set was also excellent.
We stopped at the salt lakes and a horse drawn carriage ride into the desert oasis to see how dates are cultivated.
We stopped on the way to see El Djem, a Roman amphitheatre where Gladiator was filmed and the great mosque on the way back.
It was a long journey with a lot of travelling and early mornings but we saw so much we wouldn't have been able to see otherwise. I would not have liked to hire a car and done that journey independently. Even passing through the towns and seeing how the true Tunisians lived was interesting if not an eye opener.
A lot of memories and good photographs.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Mercedesblack
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Pity the driver...”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Purchased this trip from our Thomas Cooke holiday rep in August 2013. Overall pleased that we made the effort to see more of the real Tunisia, rather than stay put in the hotel complex. Visited some great sights and our two boys (aged seven and eight) enjoyed the camel ride and visit to the Star Wars set. That said, you have to pity the coach driver, who has to complete a 700 mile road trip in just two days! Whilst a good driver, to be able to reach all the sights on time, he and all the other coaches (in convey) pushed speed limits and overtaking to the limit...

Visited August 2013
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Whitchurch, null, United Kingdom
1 review
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“It doesn't go perfectly every time”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

We booked our trip at the hotel with our Thomas Cook rep. However, we wanted to go mainly to see the set of Star Wars and were given bad information. There is two choices of days to go on the trip which we were told they are the same with only minor differences... false. The one we were advised towards (Mon+Tues) only went to a small part of the Star Wars set unlike the other day (Fri+Sat) where we would have seen the whole deal.
I enjoyed the trip do not get me wrong. Some things we did were once in a lifetime like the camel ride on the Sahara desert and visiting the berber home. The hotel we stayed in for the night was good although very expensive to buy drinks. Drinks throughout the trip for that matter were not included, not even water, and was always expensive to pick up on the way.
There was a lot of coach riding... a lot. I would not recommend it for children. I made friends with a couple and their child on the coach and they really struggled to keep him happy. The guide was very stern and had no patience for parents trying their best to be on time and find decent changing units.
They got us up at 4am to watch the sun rise over the salt lake, however we did not get there in time despite leaving on time. The salt lake was therefore incredibly disappointing... boring and nothing much to see without the intended purpose to stop there.
Overall... I didn't enjoy it much... there was too many disappointments along the way to salvage my feelings for it. For the money we paid (£160) for the two of us, I really expected more, at the very least complimentary water along the way. But you can't deny the amazing one time experiences... it just depends how much you're willing to pay to experience them alongside some real let downs.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Nina H
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