Travel to Douz – The Gateway to the Sahara
Douz is a palm oasis surrounded by the desert near to the Chott El Djerid, 55 kilometres south of Tunis via Gabes. With its maze of sandy roads and painted homes, as well as its ideal Mediterranean climate, Douz is a real paradise for its visitors.
Douz is a palm oasis in central Tunisia, surrounded by the desert and lying on the northern fringes of the Sahara. The oasis has an ideal Mediterranean climate mild to warm sunny winters, and dry hot summers.
Historically, Douz was a significant stop on the trans-Saharan caravan routes. Today, it is a bustling tourist destination opening its doors to the Great Erg (sand sea). The inhabitants of Douz are mainly the Mrazig amel-raising nomads descending from the Banu Saleim tribe. The main occupations in Douz are animal herding and date harvesting.
Douz is a centre of commerce famous for its market where nomads arrive for the customary trading and barter of camels, horses, bringing crafts, desert roses, woven blankets, richly adorned saddles and silver Berber jewelry.
For attractions, visitors to Douz can go to the Museum of the Sahara, a fascinating assortment portraying Saharan life; and Douz’s charming souk, a white stuccoed square surrounded by little shops with arched facades that evolves into a lively marketplace (takes place on Thursdays).
Douz Oasis is from where the Saharan safaris and meharees depart for the Great Erg Oriental in the Tunisian Sahara. Travellers can have a memorable experience of desert life thanks to safaris where they can enjoy desert treks by camel, motorcycle, four-wheel-drive vehicle or on foot.
In November or December, Douz hosts the International Festival of the Sahara, a four-day celebration that showcases the traditional nomadic desert culture.
Get around is best as part of an organised safari or explore the town by foot.
- Have an unforgettable experience in the Sahara.
- Discover nomadic culture in the International Festival of the Sahara.
- Witness the trade habits of the Nomads.