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Off-Road Motorcycle Holiday Tunisia

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This guided dirt bike tour in Tunisia takes you to the vast Sahara desert far from the beaten tracks. 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.

Key information

  • Terrain: mix of tarmac, gravel, dunes, and soil
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (SWM models)
  • Mileage: 690 kilometers / 428 miles
  • Daily rides: 20 - 200 kilometers / 12 - 124 miles
  • Riding gear: not included (bring your own): helmet, goggles, body armor, gloves, knee protectors, and MX boots
  • Meals: all breakfasts (day 2 to 10); all dinners (day 1 to 10); and mid-day snacks on days when off-roading (8 times)

Meet the guides

Tilen
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Highlights

  • Ride around on lots of dunes
  • Starts in Tozeur and ends in Douz
  • Travel through the Sahara from point to point
  • Have a great riding experience and beautiful landscapes
  • Be surrounded by dunes and far from any light pollution
  • Enjoy desert evenings around the campfire
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Croatian, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: Minimum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Tunis–Carthage International Airport
Airport transfer included: Tozeur–Nefta International Airport
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Accommodation

In Tunisia, you will mainly sleep in tents, provided by Desert Soul Adventure. A two-person tent is given to you for the duration of the tour, so there's also enough space for the clothes and personal luggage. A couple, for instance, is offered two tents.

Every now and then, you will spend a night at a camp site. The other nights are spent out in the desert to experience a true desert crossing with no phone signal nor light pollution. You will be accommodated in twin rooms during your stay in the hotel. Shower will be available every evening (even in the desert).

Program

Day 1: Tunis - Tozeur

Please arrive at Tunis Airport 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 their 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 (80 kilometers / 50 miles)

  • Surface: compact sand, tarmac, gravel, sandy river bed, round rocks, fast pistes, and one sand dune for a taste

On the first day on the bike, 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 Star Wars 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.

Day 3: Desert - Douz (200 kilometers / 124 miles)

  • Surface: compact sand, sandy tracks, rocks, gravel, maybe some tarmac

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 the camp in Douz whether off-road or on tarmac. Dinner and overnight in the camp in Douz.

Day 4: Douz (rest day with dune-riding course) (20 kilometers / 12 miles)

  • Surface: tarmac and dunes

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 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.

Day 5: Douz - Sand Sea (approximately 70 kilometers / 43 miles)

You'll leave Douz on this day and take your motorbike into the sand sea. The exact route and difficulty level will be chosen by the guide based on the proficiency level of the participants. 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.

Day 6: Sand Sea (20 kilometers / 12 miles)

Surface: dunes

After breakfast, your bikes will be heading south and later south-east, reaching the table mountain Tembaine in the afternoon after crossing a bit challenging sand sea. You'll be learning the importance of correctly deflated dirt bike tires today.

An alternative easier route following the support truck can be taken by whoever doesn't feel fit for the higher dunes we'll be riding on this day. 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, the bivouac is planned to be in the vicinity of the mountain.

Day 7: Sand Sea - Tembaine Mountain (60 kilometers / 37 miles)

Surface: dunes

A pretty challenging day for the advanced riders: you will make an unsupported ride 30 kilometers to the south across some pretty high sand dunes to reach Ain Houdette, a lake lost in a vast sand sea. The way there and back will take a full day and the whole fuel tank, so it's going to be a true deep desert experience.

Desert beginners will have the chance to relax on this day, walk and enjoy the sand dunes, or ride (in couples!) at a safe distance around the bivouac and gain dune-riding proficiency.

Day 8: Tembaine - Ksar Ghilane (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

Surface: gravel, dunes

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.

Day 9: Ksar Ghilane

  • Surface: dunes

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 horse back. Dinner and overnight in the oasis camp.

Day 10: Ksar Ghilane - Matmata (140 kilometers / 87 miles)

  • Surface: gravel

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 and the night will be spent in twin rooms in the hotel.

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). This is the end of Desert Soul Adventures' services.

Bike information

If you're bringing your own bike, please bring 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 kilometer per hour of top-speed (the lighter, the better, preferably under 140 kilogram) %The advantages of a hard-enduro bike are:

  • It’s fitted with lights that are not planned to be used, because after all, it's an adventure and you never know
  • The gearing has faster ratios, on fast stages a constant speed of 80 kilometer per hour is appreciated.
  • It has a fan that is very welcome in the dunes if you lack good riding technique
  • It generally has an e-starter which you will also be very thankful for in the dunes
  • Its fuel tank is generally larger thus allowing to cover longer distances without having to carry your fuel in the backpack

Bike rental deposit

In case of motorcycle rental with Desert Soul Adventures, the bike accidental damage deposit (to be returned if no damage was caused) is 1,000 EUR credit card reservation.

Requirement

A valid driver's license is required to take part in this adventure on the motorbike as you'll also be riding on public roads.

Desert Soul Adventures 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.

Skill level

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

Food

The desert kitchen is mainly based on rice, pasta, chicken, beef, and pork with surprising combinations of vegetables and spices.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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 one motorbike from Slovenia to Tunisia and back
  • Your enduro equipment (in case delivered by you) from Slovenia to Tunisia and back
  • Possible spare-parts (in case delivered by you) and personal luggage (in case delivered by you) from Slovenia to Tunisia and back
  • Airport transfers
  • All breakfasts from day 2 through 10
  • All dinners from day 1 through 10
  • Water, coffee, and tea
  • Mid-day snacks on days when off-roading (seven times)
  • DS tents and sleeping-mats rental for all nights which are not spent in the hotel
  • All costs related to sleeping in campsites
  • 10 nights accommodation in hotels and camps
  • 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, etc.)
  • The rally assistance trucks with kitchen, power generator, air-compressor (for bikes and filters cleaning and tires), 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 (SWM RS300R or SWM RS500R)
  • Set of tires suitable for the tour, engine oil, and filters as per the servicing interval
  • 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, tires, etc.) which can be purchased on the tour if needed
  • Transfers to and from non-Tunisian airports
  • Sleeping bag
  • Other individual expenses
  • Bike rental deposit (1000 EUR credit card reservation)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Tunis-Carthage International Airport (TUN) latest by 12 p.m. on Day 1 of your tour. Before the tour start, you will receive an air ticket for Tozeur from Desert Soul Adventures.

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