Tozeur, a city in the south of Tunisia is probably one of the most unique to be found anywhere in North Africa. It’s become a base camp for thousands of travelers looking to experience the majesty of the desert, but the city itself is one of a kind, and hardly a collection of tourist agencies.
For hundreds of years, the oasis of Tozeur has been a center of life in a large strip of desert alternating between seas of sand, extinct lakes, rocky flatlands, and carved-up mountain ranges. Over that time its bounty of date palms and sophisticated water management technology has allowed large populations to thrive where little else can.
Today though, Tozeur has its own airport, and the dates which used to feed the locals and occasional travelers are now exported all over the world, from Canada to Spain to Singapore.
For experiencing the Sahara, few places come as close to offering the blend of challenge and hospitality, culture, and nature that one expects from visiting the world’s largest desert.