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Report 1993: Tunisia - the South and the Desert

By Eleanor from UK, Spring 2012

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Page 12 of 17: Tataouine

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Tataouine

We spent two nights in Tataouine as we wanted to visit the ksour and Berber villages in the area. We were booked into Sangho Privilege Hotel on the outskirts of the town. It is an attractive setting below the mountains and the accommodation is in small houses scattered round the grounds reached by narrow paths with shrubs, trees and flowers. We were given a huge suite with sitting room with log fire, bathroom and very comfortable bedroom. We were presented with a huge basket of fruit when we arrived. Breakfast and dinner were self service buffets with plenty of choice. Staff were excellent. We reported a problem with an outside light and dodgy lock at breakfast. They were both repaired by lunchtime.

Tataouine is known to all Star Wars fans as it gave its name to Tatooine and there are several Star Wars sites in the area.

Tataouine is a large town with little to attract the tourists. Shops are geared to serving the locals rather than tourists. Several were selling big bales of animal fodder. It is near Libya and many Libyans settled here during the revolution. There are blue currency exchange tables in the streets and stalls selling cheap Libyan petrol along the roadside.

Tataouine is a good base for exploring the Berber villages of Douiret and Chenini as well as the Ksours. There is a nice drive up the hill behind the hotel for views of the town and local area.

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