Mountain oases and Star Wars

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I'm King of the world!!!
We traded the bus for a landrover. Awesome! You would say. Unfortunately my legs are far too long! There were to be a few moments when our guide would tell us to hold on tight, but I was sitting so tight I couldn't move an inch, and after an hour, I couldn't feel my legs anymore.

Still, our trip to the mountain oases near the Algerian border was spectacular from the moment we left Tozeur. Basically, when you exit Tozeur and head for the mountains, you're driving over an immense flat plain, while the mountains slowly loom up in the distance. Now image the sun coming up, slowly illuminating the plain and the mountains with a soft rose color and creating long, pitch black shadows on orange masses of rock.
Tunisia/Algeria
Magical!

First stop: Chebika

Chebika lies right at the edge of the mountains, guarding the entrance to the forlorn landscape. Next to the abandoned town of old Chebika lies the oasis, and this time my cartoonvision of an oasis was correct! There was water, warm water (!), streaming as little waterfalls, stumbling out of the mountainrange past the town. We had little time, but me and my friends ran right up the mountain untill we could gaze over the immense plains. Exhausted and happy.

Second stop: Tamerza

tamerza lies deeper in the mountains and it too has a waterfall. An old one, because it flows right into a rather broad canyon. It was not as adventurous as Chebika, but still nice. There was a local too who kept bothering visitors with a salamander he had found.
Star wars village
A pity we didn't visited the old, abandoned ruins of old Tamerza, situation fantastically in the valley up ahead. Maybe another year.

Third stop: Mides

Still farther into the mountains, Mides lies right at the borther with Algeria, but you can't cross over. Narrow and playful, the canyon is a great sight! You can only see it from above and its sides are very steep and quite dangerous. Right across the gap lies Algeria; you can almost touch it.

In the afternoon we headed into the desert again with the landrover. This time to a place called Ong Jmal, named after a rocky outcrop that looks like the neck of a camel (but you must use your imagination). The view over the desert is great down there. They say that scenes from Star Wars and The English Patient have been shot at this spot, but I didn't recognise them.
aww
Probably because the Tunisian plains are beautiful enough to let you make your own experiences.

We did some heavy crossing over the sand dunes, which can be quite high in this part of the country, and ended up at a very familiar tourist spot: the decor of Luke Skywalker's town, Mos Eisley. the quickly-build fake houses were on the brink of falling apart, but still... Walking around a Star Wars set gives a sense of recognition. Like visiting a city you have seen before, long ago. There were even old pipes exiting the houses and semi-futuristic machines standing around, doing nothing in particular.

When we got back in Tozeur, the hotel had left us with some surprises! To celebrate the passing of the Festival of Sacrifice they put little leaves all around our room and wrapped the towels in neat shapes! Sweet.
misstravel89 says:
havent ever been here at that side of Tunisia :(
Posted on: Dec 17, 2008
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Im King of the world!!!
I'm King of the world!!!
Tunisia/Algeria
Tunisia/Algeria
Star wars village
Star wars village
aww
aww
Oasis at Chebika
Oasis at Chebika
Old town of Chebika
Old town of Chebika
Oasis at Chebika
Oasis at Chebika
What a sight!
What a sight!
What a sight!
What a sight!
narrow eh?
narrow eh?
The Camels neck
The Camel's neck
some semi-futuristic machine thing
some semi-futuristic machine thing
Isnt that sweet?
Isn't that sweet?
Tamerza
photo by: Jeroenadmiraal