Ksar Ghilane, Tunisia
Pansea Ksar Ghilane Reviews
Pansea Jan 03, 2010
If you don’t mind roughing it a bit you might consider going for camping down in the dunes of Ksar Ghilane. The camp is just at the northern edge of the oasis and you can see the palm trees to the south of the oasis and the dunes just on the other sides. Just at the edge of the camp you’ll find a hot spring where you can soak in the hot water if you can’t get enough heat in the desert. If you prefer a cold pool instead of the hot spring - you will not be disappointed because there is a big pool in the middle of the campground.
You don’t need to bring you own tent to spend a night at the camp - you can just rent a stationary tent in the camp ground. The tents are situated in groups of around 6-8 tents with quite a bit of distance between the individual tents so you won’t feel too close to the neighbor tent.
Just to make sure your camping experience is not too rough each tent is equipped with a couple of minor conveniences like a proper bed, an armchair and table, shower and toilet - and naturally air-condition. The night in early January is a bit chilly but fortunately you can just use the aircon as a heater instead.
But except for these minor things you can really feel like you are in the middle of the wilderness far far away from civilization. When you check the tents you’ll quickly notice it got none of what you need to survive in the modern world. There is no wifi in the room, there is no television and there is no phone. Yup you will really need to rough it out here in the desert.
If you have forgotten to shop before you get to the camp - don’t worry - you can just go to the restaurant instead. They’ll serve a nice buffet dinner at night which is very good for a night in the absolute loneliness of the desert. After dinner you might like to relax for a short while in the bar which where you can stay away from the cool air outside.
In the morning you might want to go for the small viewing tower at the campground from where you can observe the sunrise or sunset. The view from up there is nice and you can see the changing colors of the sand. Afterwards you might like to go back to the restaurant from the night before to enjoy a solid breakfast.
During the day you can explore the dune which is just next to the camp within easy walking distance. You can either just go for a short walk or you might go for a bit bigger camel expedition.
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