Chott el Jerid

Roadside souvenirs at Chott el Jerid

Travel to Chott El Jerid – The Lake of Mirages

Chott El Jerid is a salt-water lake located in the middle of the desert, watered by underground springs. The chott offers travellers some great sights, especially when the sun shines on the salty surface, and reflections together with the heat gives startling optical effects. Souvenir stalls and cafés are found all along the causeway.

Chott El Jerid is a large endorheic salt lake and the largest salt pan of the Sahara with a surface area of over 7,000 square kilometres, lying in the middle of Tunisia, close to the Algerian border. Chott el Jerid was some thousand years ago part of the Mediterranean Sea. The chott is easily accessed as an elevated causeway has been built across it from Kebili to Tozeur. The part on the eastern side is called Chott el Fejej. In summer, Chott el Djerid is almost entirely dried up and numerous fata morganas occur. South of Chott el Djerid, the Grand Erg Oriental desert begins. The towns of Kebili and Douz are also located south of the lake.


  • Witness incredible desert mirages.
  • Discover the largest salt-lake in Tunisia.


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