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Things to do in Douz

A quaint little town based in southern Tunisia, Douz is affectionately called the ‘Gateway to the Sahara’ and is a prime tourist spot for those who wish to experience the desert personally. Tours are available on camels and four wheel vehicles driven by drivers who have extensive experience navigating the fickle sand dunes. Needless to say, visitors can have a rip roaring fun time going up and down the dunes.

When it comes to things to do in Douz, you cannot go wrong with exploring the oasis. The town has literally grown around this natural phenomenon that fringes the edge of the Sahara. It is also surrounded by scrub land that used to be an important part of ancient caravan routes back in the day. Today, those same routes are explored by visitors through organized tours that descend from the local resorts.


The yearly international festival of the Sahara that is held at the end of each year should also be one of the things to do in Douz on your travel list. The festival spans four days and includes a number of attractions such as camel rides, horse riding displays, poetry readings, traditional dances and traditional music that will have you shimmying to the beat. Needless to say, the trip will be memorable.

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Souk of Douz

Souk of Douz

Douz is a town in the Kebili Governorate in the south of Tunisia, known as the "passage to the Sahara." By street it is found 31 kilometers (19 mi) kilometers southwest of Blidet, 125 kilometers (78 mi) southeast of Tozeur, and 475 kilometers (295 mi) south of the Tunisian capital of Tunis. It has been known as "a definitive palm desert garden", since it has more than 500,000 palm trees in the range, and it is a noteworthy maker of "diglat noor" dates. In past circumstances it was a critical stop on the trans-Saharan parade courses. Today, it is ideal for travelers who are keen on observing the forsake want to undertake rides by camel, bike, or four-wheel-drive vehicle.