The south of the country is bordered by salt lakes known as chotts. The vast expanse stretching beyond the horizon is a very salty sea, the arid Chott el Djerid. The magic of the chott lies in its mirages. On the road linking Kebili to Tozeur, you will frequently catch a glimpse of an oasis that shifts further away as you move closer, or silhouettes depicting a Bedouin caravan.
The word 'chott' comes from 'chatt' which in Arabic means 'bank'.© MATTES Rene
The rare irregular rainfall feeds the chotts.© Letizia Giuffrida / 123RF
Most of the chotts are found in southern Tunisia.© MATTES Rene
Stretching nearly 2,000 square miles, el Djerid is the most famous of the Tunisian chotts as well as the most vast.© MATTES Rene
Scenes from the film 'Star Wars' were filmed around Chott el-Djerid© Antoine Lorgnier / EASYVOYAGE