After a long morning touring the nearby desert sandunes and abandoned STAR WARS sets we headed to the waterfall located at the Oases near Chebika for a respite and cold drink. From here we headed to the Mides Gorge near the Algerian border. We were staying in Tozuer, where we can recommend the caleche rides to the date palm plantations to learn about the horticulture involved in growing dates and our hotel, the Ras El Ain. After we left town we were headed to the desert for a night of camping "in the middle of nowhere" but on the way we crossed the "Indiana-sized" dry salt lake, Chott El Jerid. The road runs through the middle of the glistening salt flakes, and is unique. From there we traveled to Tataouine, near the Libyan border and finally the island of Djerba. We traveled AFTER the Jasmine Revolution of the Arab Spring and can report we found the local people welcoming and desperate for the tourists to return - especially in the remote desert towns like Tozuer. This was one of my all time favorite trips and it was enhanced by the excitement that filled the air after the fall of Ben Ali.
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