Tunisia, Sahara – To the Desert
Anyone who thinks that the Sahara is just a sandy plain is wrong. I also saw this for myself during my visit to Tunisia. The largest part of the Sahara is rocky, the sandy part is the smaller one. It is good to think about safety and use the services of a professional guide.
With an area of 9,000,000 km², the Sahara Desert is the largest desert in the world. It covers 10 countries, including Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Chad, Mali and Sudan. A fraction of the entire Sahara extends into Tunisia, about 40,000 km2.
Here you can observe three types of desert - stony hamada, pebble serar and sandy erg. It is the erg stretching from Morocco that is a typical image of the Sahara, which we all know from movies and photos. The most breathtaking sand dunes are located in the area of Ksar Ghilane. The sand moves from one side to the other, so due to the position of the sun it changes its colors. Sometimes it is white or yellow, other times it is reddish. Sandstorms are not uncommon in the Sahara, with huge clouds of dust and sand rising. Climbing such a dune is a very interesting experience. If you want to experience a mirage, the Sahara is an ideal place, you will probably succeed.
Adrenaline driving in a jeep in the sand dunes is more of an experience for men. At times, I had the feeling that we had to turn to the roof with the car. But drivers are true professionals, so there's nothing to worry about. They run the route several times a week, so they know exactly what they can afford. At sunset we sit on a camel and go in the direction of the desert. The unforgettable exotic atmosphere on the back of a desert animal is the right thing to try here. No need to worry, their owners lead them there and back. But we were not lucky enough to meet any real caravan. It is hard to believe that people have really lived here for a long time, especially the Tuareg and Berber tribes.
If equipped, you will be able to taste overnight in a Bedouin or Berber tent and taste local flat cakes baked in hot sand. You will experience an adventure that deviates from everyday life, and you will also be able to observe the stars in the sky without light smog.
GPS: 32°59'14.1"N 9°38'30.0"E
Text and photos: Veronika Kocmanová
Tunisia is not just beaches and all inclusive stays, there are countless amazing places. If you arrive in Tunisia on the mainland, it would be a shame to miss a trip to the Sahara and be able to spend the night in the desert.
In relation to Morocco, everyone will surely recall, besides local colored ceramics, clay architecture, tajines (long swaths) and long caftans, the orange-colored Moroccan part of the Sahara. It is an element so typical for this country that it is almost unbelievable that desert dunes only spread to a small percentage of otherwise vast land. The largest and most famous dune is undoubtedly Erg Chebbi.
Undoubtedly, Morocco is one of the most diverse countries, mainly because of its size. The nature of the landscape changes significantly with kilometers traveled, so in a few days in one country you can get from the Atlantic coast through the Atlas Mountains to the vast palms, gorges and also the desert.
We travel to the north from Senegal to northwestern part of African continent. Our destination is Morocco, the country which covers around half-a-million square kilometers and where live 33 million people.
The sun barely rises above the horizon, and Casablanca is awake. Red taxi cabs drive in the streets lined with modern buildings. You feel an incredible amount of energy around you, which, of course, overflows with you. It just lives in Casablanca.
If you want to move to a quieter but equally interesting area of Marrakesh for a moment, the coastal city of Essaouira (formerly known as Mogador) is the right choice. Located on the west coast of Morocco, this pleasant city is soaked in the Atlantic Ocean and the way to it is through endless argan fields.
Imlil is a relatively small mountain village located in the western part of the Atlas Mountains, roughly in the central part of Morocco. In fact, it is not so interesting in itself, but still welcomes thousands of visitors every year. You ask why? This is the place where alpine tourism enthusiasts go to the highest mountain in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal.
raveling to see movie backdrop is more popular every year, so it's no wonder that the Ouarzazate Moroccan Valley is a sought-after and, most of all, a cheap destination for movie enthusiasts from around the world. Everyone is eager to see and touch the scenery that has played a major role in many series and movies. In the valley you can see real shooting places, such as the historic Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Above all, there are large Atlas studios built on the dusty plains of the eastern foothills of the Atlas Mountains.
You have already had a chance to see Morocco, specifically Rabat, with us. Today, however, we dive deep into this interesting city and escape the winter that prevails with us.
Ourika Valley is about 30 km from Marrakesh, literally on the high Atlas. A river of the same name flows through it, creating a narrow valley between the high mountains and a narrow valley on both banks.
This time we leave Europe to visit Africa, Morocco (the Kingdom of Morocco) to be precise. 32 million people live in this country in the north of Africa. It is a beloved sea resort where also many landmarks are located.
We spend this day in Marakesh. In the morning, we enter Agdal, gardens founded by the Berber dynasty of Almohad in the 12th century. They constructed here a network of water reservoirs and canals. This is the most advanced water reservoir in Maghreb. Thanks to this reservoir, there is a large olive tree garden around it. We approach the large reservoir filled with water. In the background, we see the High Atlas with its snow caped mountains. High palmas around us only add to this incredible place.
If you are going to the desert while traveling across Morocco, do not miss the relatively large provincial town of Tinghir and its annexed Palmeria on your way to Merzouga. It is actually an oasis, the last nice place to live before entering the plains leading into the desert. There are over 40,000 inhabitants in the city, most of whom are Berber ethnic. It is one of the poorest regions in the country and you will probably encounter begging children who are accustomed to regular income from the pockets of tourists while staying in the area.
In the second part of Fez, we take a look at the Blue Gate which is green from the other side for it is the color of Islam and blue is the color of Fez. There is a lots of vegetables, nuts, dates, and chickens around.
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