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Ksar Ghilane - A travel report by Tashi
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Ksar Ghilane,  Tunisia - flag Tunisia -  Kebili
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The Great Erg Oriental

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The Ksar Ghilane is a large Oasis 140kms into the Tunisian Sahara filled with palms and large golden dunes. It was the setting of many scenes from the English Patient. The Ksar itself is 2km away.


encrouching Dunes
encrouching Dunes
To go to this place you must have a 4x4 to get over the dunes. Rent it from either Tozeur or Douz or forgo the hassles and book a tour with one of the many agencies in the area. After leaving Douz you will pass through the scraggly looking desert with small brush in it. Eventually you will see sand drifts and less brush. Finally you will come to one of the most beautiful Oasis’s in the desert with large dunes and palm trees sticking out here and there. You drive over one large dune to find more beautiful scenery on the other side. In the middle of the Oasis is a warm spring that fills a small swimming hole. You can sleep in a Nomad style tent, but it’s not like the “real” thing. You get a cot and lots of fuzzy blankets. For the most part Ksar Ghilane is just a cool place to hang for a couple of days. There is a restaurant of sorts and showers with hot water only in the men’s go figure.

Favourite spots:
Ksar Ghilane sunset
Ksar Ghilane sunset
The Ksar itself is an abandoned ruin about 2kms from the Oasis. The cool part about it is you can see how the sand has encroached in the past 100yrs or so. Some of the dunes reach to the very top of the Ksar. On the way to the Ksar from the Oasis you will drive over mini dunes which I compare to moguls (little hills of snow for skiing) it makes for a fun bumpy ride.

What's really great:
chillin at the hot springs
chillin at the hot springs
Let me tell you, sitting out by the spring at night in February, drinking hot tea chatting it up with whoever happens to be by and freezing your butt off is pretty cool in the middle of the desert. However, sleeping in the desert is a different story. 11 blankets, so heavy I couldn’t move, and I was still freezing! The sand was like ice when you had to get up to pee!! All I can say….Never again in the winter!!!

Sights:
Ksar Ghilane Cafe
Ksar Ghilane Cafe
On the bottom of the dune in the middle of no-where is a cafe. Why? I have no clue. Doesn't look like it's been used for awhile.. perhaps it is only open during high season.

Accommodations:
there are Nomad tents within the Oasis the cheapest belonging to camping Ghilane for about $10 a night.

If you have oddles of $$ to spend, check out the Pansea Ksar Ghilane Hotel

http://www.pansea.com/eng/ksar_infor.html

When I win my millions I will be sure to go there.

Restaurants:
Various setups around the Spring

Published on Sunday March 19th, 2006


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Sun, Mar 19 2006 - 03:51 PM rating by rangutan

Technically 3* and short report but the place and pictures are unique and adventurous. Ksar Ghilane, when can we expect another report? I always like to read about way-out places like this specially.

Sun, Mar 19 2006 - 02:08 PM rating by isaacmolina

good report, good fotos and good adventure

Sun, Mar 19 2006 - 08:40 AM rating by davidx

There must be a limit to what you can say about an oasis and some headings are clearly not relevant. However perhaps a picture or two of the vegetation? Basically a good interesting report.

Sun, Mar 19 2006 - 08:32 AM rating by marianne

Tashy,
Informative but it looks as if you ran out of inspiration when you came to the heading; 'sights'.

In answer to Gloria's question: erg means sand dune

Marianne

Sun, Mar 19 2006 - 06:58 AM rating by gloriajames

hello Ta-shy
interesting report tho' more details and pics could spice it up. nevertheless a good effort. btw what does erg mean??
gloria

Sun, Mar 19 2006 - 05:08 AM rating by jesusferro

very useful report

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