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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Desert Soul founder and professional tourist guide since 1996 with profound knowledge about Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Jordan, Libya, Croatia, and Slovenia; Tilen's fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian, English, and Slovenian. After having extensively hitch-hiked in Spain, Portugal, and Morocco between 1995 and 1998, he rushed into south Moroccan sands that had attracted him since long time ago with a brand new Peugeot Partner in 2001. A decade of learning Arabic proved very useful in desert countries he visited afterwards. The following years brought him fulfillment of his teenage dreams.
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.
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).
Tunis–Carthage International Airport
Djerba–Zarzis International Airport
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.
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