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11 Days Enduro Dirt Bike Guided Motorcycle Tour in Tunisia

Tozeur, Tunisia

Motorcycle Tour Tunisia

Ever thought of taking a guided motorbike tour across the dunes of Africa as the original Dakar Rally riders? Ever desired to embark on the adventure of your life, on an off-road motorcycle holiday before you get too old and your active life will have passed? This guided dirt bike tour in Tunisia takes you to the vast Sahara desert far from the beaten tracks where you can improve your off-road riding skills, push your limits and those of your bike on a vast array of different desert terrains, have a lot of fun searching for the best passages across the dunes and experience the Dakar spirit pushing through the sand sea. Take part in a Desert Soul Adventures motorcycle dirt bike tour in the desert of Tunisia.

Key information

  • Terrain: a mix of tarmac, gravel, dunes, and soil
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (SWM models)
  • Mileage: 680 kilometers / 423 miles
  • Daily rides: 20 - 200 kilometers / 13 - 124 miles
  • Riding gear: not included (bring your own): helmet, goggles, body armor, gloves, knee protectors, and MX boots
  • Meals: all breakfasts from day 2 through 10; all dinners from day 1 through 10

Meet the guides

Tilen
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Highlights

  • Starts in Tunis and ends in Matmata
  • Enjoy a nice track and cross-country riding will take you to the Starwars set
  • Ride to Ksar Ghilane, known for its thermal pool surrounded by beer-selling bars
  • Ride to the mountain oasis of Chebika and across a spectacular eroded riding terrain
  • Take your bike to the nearby dunes and take part in a short workshop on the sand
  • Reach the table mountain Tembaine and cross a bit challenging sand sea
  • Follow a relatively fast and fun desert track to the splendid landscape
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


9 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Croatian, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: 8-14 participants
Airport transfer included: Tunis–Carthage International Airport
Airport transfer included: Djerba–Zarzis International Airport
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Accommodation

Included is DS tents and sleeping-mats rental for all nights which are not spent in the hotel and all costs related to sleeping in campsites. For two nights, you will be sleeping in a hotel (twin room basis).

Program

Terms and conditions

A valid driver's license is required to take part in this adventure on the motorbike as you'll be also riding on public roads. do not check your license, but prior to the first driving stage, you will have to sign a declaration that you possess one and that you will ride according to your experience and capabilities and entirely on your responsibility. In case of an emergency, the insurance company might require you to present your valid driver's license.

What do you need as a participant apart of the desert soul equipment

A hard enduro bike with a 21-inch front wheel and hard enduro or cross tires (no paddles or semi-paddles due to harsh surface on many stages), capable of developing 100 km/h of top-speed (the lighter, the better, preferably under 140 kg); a sleeping bag that will provide you with a comfortable sleep at temperatures down to 5 degrees C in November and March (down to 2 degrees C in December and February and down to 0 degrees C in January) - a tent and a sleeping mat is provided by Desert Soul Adventures; enduro equipment for maximum daytime temperatures between 20 and 28 degrees C; light clothes for during the day and warm ones for the evenings; head-lamp for the camp; good mood and reasonable physical shape for the planned stages; each participant will receive ahead of time all the necessary information about the trip, how to prepare the bikes as well as what to take with you and what to leave at home.

Itinerary

Day 1: Tunis - Tozeur

Please arrive at Tunis airport by noon on day 1 of your motorcycle tour. From there on, you'll take care of your air ticket to Tozeur where you'll be greeted by our staff and transferred to the nearby hotel where your motorbike will be already waiting for you. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 2: Tozeur - Desert

On the first day on the bike you'll take it easy, but still, leave the asphalt only a kilometer from the hotel. A nice track and cross-country riding will take you to the Starwars set, then you'll ride your bikes to the mountain oasis of Chebika and across a spectacular eroded riding terrain to your first desert camp. Dinner and overnight in the tents.

  • Distance: 80 kilometers / 50 miles
  • Surface: compact sand, tarmac, gravel, sandy river bed, round rocks, fast pistes and one sand dune for a taste

Day 3: Desert - Douze

You will leave the camp in the morning and follow a relatively fast and fun desert track to the splendid landscape, marked by water erosion which is a magnificent ground for your enduro bikes. Depending on the time left till the sunset, you'll ride your motorbikes to your camp in Douz whether off-road or on the tarmac. Dinner and overnight in the camp in Douz.

  • Distance: 200 kilometers / 124 miles
  • Surface: compact sand, sandy tracks, rocks, gravel, maybe some tarmac

Day 4: Douze - rest day with a dune riding course

rest day in Douz. You'll head for the center with the assistance vehicles or by motorbikes in the morning and enjoy the colors of this cheerful town. In the afternoon, you'll take your bike to the nearby dunes and take part in a short workshop on the sand- and dune-driving where you'll get some feeling for riding on different types of dunes, learn recovery techniques and get advice on how to spend your energy in the most effective way when dune-driving and recovering your motorcycle. Dinner in the town, overnight in the camp in Douz.

  • Distance: 20 kilometers / 12 miles
  • Surface: tarmac and dunes

Day 5: Douze - Sand sea

You'll leave Douz on this day and take our motorbikes into the sand sea. A couple of nights will be spent deep in the desert without light pollution or cell-phone coverage. Dinner and overnight at an attractive location in the Desert Soul Mobile Camp.

  • Distance: +-70 kilometers / 44 miles
  • Surface: soil, dunes

Day 6: Sand sea

After breakfast, your bikes' heading will be south and later south-east. You'll be searching for the most appropriate dune crossings since a sand-sea landscape is different every month due to the constantly shifting sands. You'll be learning the importance of correctly deflated dirt bike tires. Dinner and overnight at an attractive location in the Desert Soul Mobile Camp.

  • Distance: 20 - 40 kilometers / 12 - 25 miles
  • Surface: dunes

Day 7: Sand sea - Tembaine Mountain

According to the plan, you should be reaching the table mountain Tembaine on this day, crossing a bit challenging sand sea. When reaching the table mountain, you'll, of course, park the motorbikes and climb to its top on foot. You will feel the soft breeze and enjoy perfect silence with a sight of endless dunes, stretching to the east, south, and west as far as the horizon. On this day, your bivouac is planned to be in the vicinity of the mountain.

  • Distance: 30 kilometers
  • Surface: dunes

Day 8: Tembaine - Ksar Ghilane

This half-day stage will lead you directly across the sand sea, without support, to the famous tourist oasis of Ksar Ghilane, known for its thermal pool surrounded by beer-selling bars. Spending some time in the warm water will be much welcomed after the long desert stage. Dinner and overnight at the oasis campsite.

  • Distance: 100 kilometers / 62 miles
  • Surface: gravel, dunes

Day 9: Ksar Ghilane

Rest day around the oasis pool. Desert Soul Adventures suggests a trip to the Roman fort, playing with your motorbikes in the dunes or taking an excursion with camels or on horseback. Dinner and overnight in the oasis camp.

  • Surface: dunes

Day 10: Ksar Ghilane - Matmata

A completely different desert stage will be experienced on this day to reach the Berber settlement of Matmata, known for its underground troglodyte dwellings. Desert gravel roads and open tracks, frequently crossing dry flash flood channels in the first part, will give way to impressive bare mountains surrounding you when already approaching Matmata. Farewell dinner in a local restaurant; the night will be spent in twin rooms in the hotel.

  • Distance: 140 kilometers / 87 miles
  • Surface: gravel

Day 11: Matmata - Djerba - Tunis

Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the Djerba airport where you'll take the morning flight to Tunis. If you have been using your own motorbike, it will be delivered to you on an agreed date in Ljubljana (or transported on your expense to any other destination of your desire). End of the services.

Note

Thanks to the assistance vehicles on all stages, it will be possible to cover part of the stage on a seat in the assistance vehicle in case of technical failure that can't be overcome, injury or fatigue.

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Guides

Tilen Gabrovšek

Location

The oasis of Ksar Ghilane will be your exit point from the dunes, so a refreshing (and cleaning) swim in the hot spring will be very appreciated.

Group skills permitting, you will have an unforgettable unassisted ride across the high dunes 30 kilometers each way to a "lost lake" of Ain Houdette in the south.

Food

Included in your package is all breakfasts from day 2 through 10; all dinners from day 1 through 10; mid-day snacks on days when off-roading (8x).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Transport of 1 motorbike, your enduro equipment (in case delivered by you), possible spare-parts (in case delivered by you) and personal luggage (in case delivered by you) from Slovenia to Tunisia and back
  • All breakfasts from day 2 through 10
  • All dinners from day 1 through 10
  • Mid-day snacks on days when off-roading (8x)
  • DS tents and sleeping-mats rental for all nights which are not spent in the hotel
  • All costs related to sleeping in campsites
  • 2 overnights in twin rooms
  • Possibility to take a shower each night (even in the desert)
  • Guide on a motorbike
  • Assistance truck on daily stages (food, water, petrol, transportation of your clothes, tools, spare tyres and inner tubes - possibility of purchase in case of need, first-aid case)
  • The rally assistance trucks with kitchen, power generator, air-compressor (for bikes and filters cleaning and tyres), washing line, water, food, petrol, your equipment; and for recovery interventions in case of a breakdown
  • Petrol for your bike
  • Travel medical insurance and assistance
  • Motorcycle rental (if you choose this package) includes an SWM RS300R or SWM RS500R with a set of tyres suitable for the tour, engine oil and filters as per the servicing interval, and motorbike maintenance during the tour (oil changes, air-filter cleaning).

What's not included

  • Air-ticket to and from Tunisia
  • Energy drinks nor sports nutrition supplements
  • Spare parts (i.e. inner tubes, tyres, oils, filters etc.)
  • Other individual expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Tunis airport (TUN) by noon on day 1 of your motorcycle tour. From there on, Desert Soul Adventures will take care of your air ticket to Tozeur where you'll be greeted by our staff and transferred to the nearby hotel where your motorbike will be already waiting for you. On the last day, you will be transferred to the Djerba airport where you'll take the morning flight to Tunis.

Airport: Tunis–Carthage International Airport Airport transfer included: Tunis–Carthage International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Djerba–Zarzis International Airport Airport transfer included: Djerba–Zarzis International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
11 days / 10 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 8 participants

Availability

Start: Wednesday November 10, 2021
End: Saturday November 20, 2021

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