Ong Jemel, ‘the neck of the camel‘, is located near Tozeur in Southern Tunisia. This place is named after a large rock that is shaped as a camel and is located near the salt lake Chott el Gharsa. You will need to arrange a 4×4 vehicle to reach this massive Sahara desert canyon, but it is well worth the visit.
Upon arrival, you will be able to climb to the top of the camel rock and take in the beautiful view of the canyon from atop. Below the rock, you will find a cafe selling coffee, tea, snacks and an assortment of souvenirs.
Ong Jemel has become a popular tourist spot mainly because it is famous for being ‘Mos Espa’ in the Star Wars films. There are scenes from both Star Wars The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Attack of the Clones filmed in Ong Jemel. This was the film location where Darth Maul arrives on Tatooine and releases the Sith Probes. After finding Anakin and Qui-Gon, Darth Maul is seen flying over the cliffs.
From Ong Jemel, you can travel by car to other Star Wars film locations in Nefta and Chott El Jerid.
If you are interested in visiting Ong Jemel, our travel experts are happy to assist you to plan a Star Wars tour or an unforgettable Tunisia tour.