Ancient Berber Village of Chenini in Southern Tunisia

Berber Village of Chenini

When traveling in the south of Tunisia, a visit to Chenini is sure to be a highlight.

Chenini is an ancient village constructed into the tops of two mountains only separated by a white washed mosque in the middle that joins them.   This village is about a 30-minute drive from Tataouine.

This picturesque village dates back to the 12th century, and is still inhabited by about 600 people, while much of this ancient village is in ruins.

Berber Village of Chenini
Berber Village of Chenini

The inhabitants still live in caves within the walls of these mountains.  You could easily convince your self that you just traveled hundreds of years back in time as you watch traditionally clothed Berber men and women walk to the mosque to pray, or lead their donkey through the narrow paths carrying supplies.

Hillside town of Chenini
Hillside town of Chenini

Travelers may choose to have a guided tour through the village getting the full story of the village and village life by a local. Travelers can also choose to hike through the village on their own traversing up and down this mountain peering in caves and gazing off cliffs. In Chenini every path, cave, and brick tells a story. To top off your experience travelers can choose to have a traditional steamy couscous meal in a cave, or on a terrace overlooking the mountainside. Tourists can also pick up some local souvenirs as they come down the mountain.

Mosque in Chenini
Mosque in Chenini
About the author

Joshua Mok is a cultural enthusiast and adventurer who can speak 6 different languages. Joshua currently lives in Tunisia and has firsthand experience with the language, people, and culture of North Africa. At Mosaic North Africa, Joshua is combining his business marketing expertise with his passion for travel to help others discover and enjoy the cultural and historical beauties of Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

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