South of Tozeur, especially at Douz, the 'gateway to the Sahara', earth gives way increasingly to sand dunes. Welcome to the largest desert on the planet! In Tunisia, the Sahara offers large amounts of photogenic scenery. The erg, or sand desert, takes the shape of hills, valleys, peaks and fine wrinkles shaped by the movement of the wind. Every now and then, palm trees signal a water point, reminiscent of the nomadic era and very popular with visitors.
The legendary Sahara Desert covers more than 30% of the Tunisian territory.© Satina / 123RF
The vegetation in the Sahara is summarised by a few rare species that are able to survive on dry land. Most of the plants, like date palms, grow in the oases.© MATTES Rene
The endless expanses of the Sahara's golden sand are covered with strangely shaped rocks.© Filip Fuxa / 123RF
The desert can be discovered on foot, by 4x4 or on a camel.© Jakezc / 123RF
Three quarters of the gigantic Sahara Desert consist of rocky surfaces.© MATTES Rene