Family Adventure in Tozeur, Tunisia

Ziplining in Tozeur

The ride towards Tozeur, through Southern Tunisia, is a medley of winding roads, hairpin turns, and expansive views. It carries you through ancient towns climbing up the sides of rocky cliffs, acres of date palm trees, and rolling white sand dunes. And then suddenly, you find yourself on the moon! Well, not literally. But, as the car races down the poker straight highway through the Salt Flats towards Tozeur, one could convince oneself that you are truly on the moon! The highway is surrounded by endless sandy flatness and the apparent promise of water just ahead, which continually evolves into one more mirage. Then comes Tozeur and what a treat this town proves to be! An oasis in the desert. Our family had three days of family adventure in Tozeur with lots of exploration and desert fun ahead.

Palmerie in Tozeur
Palmerie in Tozeur

We all agreed that a family highlight was the journey we made to the Star Wars town close to Nefta. Just a short drive past Tozeur, and the herds of roaming camels and goats, transports you through the galaxies and onto the remains of a movie set. Now, you may not be much of a Star Wars fan but here, surrounded by walls of white Sahara sand, you feel as though you are on another planet. Children can have a blast as they run through the Star Wars’ homes, creating a whole new world. And Dad can feel as like he can fly as he jumps down the cliffs of perfectly soft sand.

Mos Espa from Star Wars Episode I
Mos Espa from Star Wars Episode I

Another gem of Tozeur for families looking for adventure was a quad trip through the surrounding Salt Flats. We all climbed onto a quad, including our three-year girl, and followed our guide through town. Get ready for pure excitement and squealing children as your quad flies over, around, up, and down the sandy dunes.

Ziplining in Tozeur
Ziplining in Tozeur

Really, we just scratched the surface of the adventures to be had in a place like Tozeur. We discovered ziplines through the tops of the palm trees at the massive Palmerie at the center of town. For those with a little less adrenaline, it is also a lush and beautiful location to enjoy a peaceful horse and buggy ride. Or take a saunter through the local desert zoo to visit the Coca-Cola-drinking camel and a unique desert garden! As a family of five, who enjoys a good adventure, we highly recommend a family adventure in Tozeur to you!

About the author

Kevin Dyck is the founder of Mosaic North Africa and has over 11 years experience living in North African countries. He is an Arabic speaker with a passion for travelers to encounter the diverse cultures and natural beauty found throughout the North Africa region. He currently lives in and works for MNA from Tunis, Tunisia.

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