Desert trip in Tunesia

A friend of mine offered me the great opportunity to join him, his brother and some more friends for a three week off road trip into the western peripheral area of the Sahara in southern Tunesia.
There was no real need to ponder hard about it…
So Team Viltovergang was revived for another thrilling trip!

This is how dunes move, in background you can spot our vehicle.

This is how dunes move, in background you can spot our vehicle.

 

Desert view

Desert view

 

white dromedar grazing

A white dromedar grazing with his herd on a rare spot of green, we were lucky to see quite a lot green spots a it has been haevily raining a few days before we arrived.

Dry Trees

Trees like these looked dead dry, but there were some reeeaally small green sprouts on some of them as proof that life had not abandoned them yet.

 

Sand grains moving

Wind carving the fantastic textures into a dune. Even if the wind is not very strong you still can see it moving the ultra fine grains of sand, so there is steady movement in that region where you get the impression even time holds its breath.

 

Dried out tree

Dried out tree, you had to be careful while picking up wood for the night as some of the trees were not as dead as the looked. So when you’re in the desert, just “pick” up the wood, don’t rip it out. If you need force to get it, the plant will regain life again during the next rain.

 

tent

My palacio during the trip ;-)

 

Wind brushed sand

Hard, wet sand gets formed by the wind and dries out and crumbles and gets blown away.

 

Landrover

This was our ride for this expedition. A sturdy, reliable (though it’s a car built by Britons) and magnificent performer in difficult terrain.

 

The desert cafe

This is a cozy desert cafe, where you can get ice-cold coke, hints and advices, repairs, a guide… And great, heart warming and true hospitality!

 

The lost lake: Ain Oudette

This is an artificial “oasis” from a slightly sulfuric source.

 

fresh green

Around the artificial lake splendid vegetation could be found, which attracted a lot of wildlife as birds, too.

 

Full moon rising at the lost lake at Ain Oudette

Full moon rising at the lost lake at Ain Oudette

 

The sandy ridges of the dunes look like giant scales of a dragon.

The sandy ridges of the dunes look like giant scales of a dragon.

 

Mercedes Benz Unimog 1300 L

This was the ride of one of our Crew members (www.ubelix.de (in German)). A six ton Unimog 1300 L with a really compfy caravan extension. Despite its size and especially height it did very well in the dunes!

 

The play of light and shadow is really magic, I could never get tired of observing it.

The play of light and shadow is really magic, I could never get tired of observing it.

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