World of Star Wars
Chott El Jerid Travel Blog› entry 10 of 20 › view all entries
Driving out of Torzeur the landscape changes quickly. First it is fertile land with a hundred of thousands of palms just around the oasis city. But after a few minute everything change - from fertile to completely barren. First it just gets brown and barren but later it switches to bright white without any of green in sight.
The landscape is all white and inhospitable. It is Chott el-Jerid one of the world’s largest salt lakes. The landscape is otherworldly which might be the reason why this landscape featured in the original Star Wars movie. In the very first movie Luke stood up at the rim mountain looking out over the salt lake seeing two moons - note to self I need to watch all the Star Wars movies again because I don’t remember this scene I only read about it in the guidebook.
You really would not expect any civilization in such a desolate landscape but a bit surprisingly there are one big road going across the flat salty area. Looking through the area you only see one long straight road with a small ditch at each side which had been created when they needed material for building the new road through the salt lake.
Along the road are different road stops with cafes and souvenir shops. The shops all try to attract some the few tourist buses passing by. They do it by building strange figures made out of salt. At one stop there are a big camel made of salt and a little hill which you can climb up and look out over the surrounding landscape. The hill is actually the only significant mark in the landscape for miles around. A little disturbing sight at this stop is a man sitting next to the exhibition with a small dessert fox - to my knowledge these animals are relatively rare and really should not be kept at a leach for display to the amusement of tourist who would like a picture with a cute little fox.