The south of Tunisia is one of the country's must-see destinations. The Tunisian Sahara, its oases and the warm welcome of the locals leave no tourist indifferent. It is the must for any nature lover for both typical and atypical discoveries.

Dreaming of sleeping in the Sahara watching the stars? Maybe you want to go to the palm oases and discover their beauty? Those troglodyte lodgings are very tempting for you? You’re landing on the right itinerary to explore the south of Tunisia. 

Wildyness team has compiled you some tips together with good plans for a successful getaway in the South of Tunisia.  Ranging from where to go, when to go, to where to stay and what to do, We tell you everything!

Best time to visit the south of Tunisia

The best season to visit the south of the country is spring. It is neither too hot nor too cold.

If you  don’t want to stumble upon crowds and long lines, avoid the period of school vacations (the second half of March). This very period of the spring can be crazy with traffic jams on the roads and crowded places in touristic resorts. 

For the boldest and adrenaline seekers, December can be a good time. As it’s cold, we highly recommend getting prepared for low temperature and windy weather. 

Whatever the period you choose, your packing list should include warm clothes, hat, sweater and a t-shirt. For the night, you need to stay warm. But, during the day temperatures swing, so you need to be always prepared for a 2-seasons day. As winter has never meant no sun in Tunisia, a hat is a must. 

Tour in the South of Tunisia: Where to go?

When you decide to make a special tour in the South of Tunisia,  you have several choices and options. The South of Tunisia is very large and keeps preciously its hidden treasures.

Here is a proposal of circuit which will offer you many discoveries:

Start off with Zammour: 

Zammour is a Berber village located in the governorate of Medenine in the delegation of Bni Khedeche.  In Amazigh language, Zammour means "olive tree". Olive trees in the South of Tunisia are more symbolic than you think. It’s that tree best suited to the aridity of the region combatting weather, climate and the geographical challenges. 

zammour tunisia

Perched between heaven and earth, Zammour embodies the typical Amazigh culture. Resilient, authentic and potent, the village has kept its characteristics over the passing of decades. 

Indeed, Zammour is distinguished by the serenity of its places and the natural beauty of its Ksours, oasis, Berber ruins and other curiosities of the mountains that surround it. The great wealth of the village makes the reigning atmosphere hospitable, friendly and unique.  

In Zammour, locals pride themselves for their hospitality. They are keen on pampering and pleasing comers, so they feel as royalty. Very generous, they spontaneously open the doors of their homes to you and share their meal with whoever they meet. You may be invited to try the delights of the village like "el bsissa" and the couscous prepared according to the recipe of the ancestors.

You will also have the opportunity to discover the folk songs of Zammour via the troop of the old men of the village called "Janneda".

The hikers will want to go for by hiking in the the rather more appetizing mountains surrounding the village and reach El Mzenzen, the highest peak in the southeast of Tunisia.

Climbing is also one of those activities you may want to partake in. You will have the chance to climb to "Ksar Zammour", a Berber fort. Being high up, you will have a view on the impressive mountains of the region.

Where to stay in Zammour?

In Zammour, you can opt for the troglodyte guest houses. These houses are quite special for two main  reasons:

The first reason is that these habitats are dug into the rocks on the mountainside.

They are designed to keep the warmth naturally in winter and the mildness in summer.

Many inhabitants of Zammour live in troglodyte houses. Imagine not having to purchase or use heating in winter or air conditioning in summer.   They are very lucky as everything is natural.

Zammour Trekking, the festival of Zammour lovers

If you are a born festival-goer,  don't mind crowds and  you are in for  lively areas, we recommend the "Zammour Trekking" festival.

zammour trekking festival south of tunisia

Zammour Trekking is a sporting and cultural event promoting alternative and solidarity tourism in the village of Zammour.  It takes place during the second half of March every year and lasts four days.

Each year, the event gathers hundreds of participants. Whether curious to discover the region or already in love with it, people from all over Tunisia come to indulge in this welcoming atmosphere. 

The festival offers a myriad of sports and cultural activities.  Sport activities revolve around exciting outdoor sports such as hiking, trail, mountain bike circuits and zip line. Music has also its share of the event. A musical show is held every evening and it depends on the programme each year. There is also You will also a simulation of a traditional wedding where you will live the experience of attending a real wedding typically "made in Zammour".

During the festival, there is also a fair where local products are exposed.

Next tour: Douz

Douz can be the perfect destination where you can enjoy the sahara desert tours while purchasing some souvenirs and local products. 

Douz Southern Tunisia circuit

Located in the governorate of Kebili, Douz is the ideal place to get dates! And, let’s tell you: you will taste the most delicious dates you’ve ever gotten "deglet ennour" (the dates of light). These are internationally recognized dates known for their unique taste. You can get your hands on them on stores, as several merchants buy them and offer a variety of choices. 

You can also buy souvenirs (trinkets, postcards...) and traditional clothes from the region in the souk.

As for Zammour, Douz has its festival: The International Sahara Festival of Douz, the must-see event of the city.  The international festival of the Sahara of Douz is one of the most important events of the governorate of Kebili. As its name suggests, the festival highlights the Sahara and its traditions.

It is celebrated during the second half of December every year. It may be cold, but trust us it’s worth it.

Sabria: your Gate to Sahara

Located a few kilometers from the city of Douz, Sabria is a village at the gates of the desert. It’s therefore perfect to serve as your starting point to conquer the Saharan dunes. You will be able to choose to make your Sahara tour by car (ideally a 4X4 vehicle) or on the back of a camel.

douz sabria sahara circuit southern tunisia

Both ways, you will be able to admire the beauty of the Sahara. We advise you to pass by the "Rochers de Sabria", rocks in the middle of the desert formed from the sand roses.

It is the ideal spot to take very beautiful and original photos. It is also the place to meditate and to observe the wonderful sunrise and sunset.

After admiring the sunrise and sunset over and under the mountains at Zammour, it's time to see what it's like in the Sahara with the dunes as far as the eye can see. We guarantee you, you will live a magical moment.

It should be noted that you will need a guide to do the Sahara tour. We advise you to contact the guide of your choice at least one month in advance of your arrival date. Thus, you will be reassured of his availability.

For the camping, you will be able to camp in a virgin zone or in a camp center.

Some tips while you're in the South of Tunisia

The south of Tunisia has its own unique Sahara desert and resorts. It’s well-preserved as a climate-consious destination. Thus,  reducing your footprints is a must. Therefore, remember to bring garbage bags to put your waste in. Then, you can throw them in the dumpsters when you pass through an urban area.

  • Remember to bring your first aid kit for hiking.
  • Drink enough water to avoid dehydration.
  • Wherever you are, don't miss your date with the stars at night. Because the sky is so clear, you'll feel like you're touching them.