Tozeur and Southern Tunisia

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Tozeur, Chott El Djerid, Tamezret, Douz, Matmata, and Toujane in southern Tunisia.
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The stone and cave houses of the Berber village of Toujane, Tunisia, are built along the sides of a gorge.

The stone and cave houses of the Berber village of Toujane, Tunisia, are built along the sides of a gorge.

Tozeur was an oasis on the medieval caravan routes across the Sahara. This Bedoiun tent is in the Musee Archeologique et Traditionel in the Medina De Tozeur.

Tozeur was an oasis on the medieval caravan routes across the Sahara. This Bedoiun tent is in the Musee Archeologique et Traditionel in the Medina De Tozeur.

Artisanat les Trésors du Djerid near the market in Tozeur, Tunisia, has a fine selection of woven baskets.

Artisanat les Trésors du Djerid near the market in Tozeur, Tunisia, has a fine selection of woven baskets.

This striking monument stands before the municipal market in the center of Tozeur, Tunisia.

This striking monument stands before the municipal market in the center of Tozeur, Tunisia.

Trucks from Libya travel to Tunisia to collect empty drums.

Trucks from Libya travel to Tunisia to collect empty drums.

The mountain road to Toujane, Tunisia, provides views across the lunar-like landscape down to the coastal plain.

The mountain road to Toujane, Tunisia, provides views across the lunar-like landscape down to the coastal plain.

The Berber residents of Matmata, Tunisia, have resorted to living in underground troglodyte dwellings to escape the summer heat.

The Berber residents of Matmata, Tunisia, have resorted to living in underground troglodyte dwellings to escape the summer heat.

To escape the desert heat Berber troglodytes still live in pit dwellings such as this one at Matmata, Tunisia.

To escape the desert heat Berber troglodytes still live in pit dwellings such as this one at Matmata, Tunisia.

Highway C107 north of Matmata, Tunisia, is rather picturesque.

Highway C107 north of Matmata, Tunisia, is rather picturesque.

The palmeraies of the southern Tunisian oases of Tozeur and Douz contain hundreds of thousands of date palms.

The palmeraies of the southern Tunisian oases of Tozeur and Douz contain hundreds of thousands of date palms.

These camels await tourist riders near Douz at the edge of the Sahara in southern Tunisia.

These camels await tourist riders near Douz at the edge of the Sahara in southern Tunisia.

Douz in southern Tunisia has a sprawling Islamic cemetery.

Douz in southern Tunisia has a sprawling Islamic cemetery.

A mineret crowns a hilltop in Tamezret village in southern Tunisia.

A mineret crowns a hilltop in Tamezret village in southern Tunisia.

A deluxe toilet block is available next to the Chott El Djerid salt lake east of Tozeur, Tunisia.

A deluxe toilet block is available next to the Chott El Djerid salt lake east of Tozeur, Tunisia.

A signpost next to the Chott El Djerid salt lake in southern Tunisia notes that Algeria is only 150 kilometers away.

A signpost next to the Chott El Djerid salt lake in southern Tunisia notes that Algeria is only 150 kilometers away.

The salt lake Chott El Djerid east of Tozeur, Tunisia, was made famous in the film "The English Patient".

The salt lake Chott El Djerid east of Tozeur, Tunisia, was made famous in the film "The English Patient".

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