Friday, November 06, 2009

Tunisia # 8 A trip to a desert oasis (Chebika part 2)

Chebika is a small mountain oasis town surrounded by a dry and arid desert region, just north of the salt lakes or Chotts. It is said to the least famous of these oasis towns yet it's quite spectacular with its rugged rocks and steep-sided ravines. Having driven through houses we arrived below....

After walking through 'the obligatory shopping area' the visitor begins to get a view of the area.

There are two routes to reach the base of the ravine, the most difficult being up the terraces between the rock and then down, the easy route is a winding path down. Guess which route I took!!

The more difficult route (actually it wasn't too bad and you could climb at your own pace) gave some great views. Below parts of the ruined village.

Looking across to the mountains.

The Holyman's retreat.

Looking back...

Hmm will I squeeze through that gap and I wonder what's on the other side...

Looking down into the ravine, it is actually a deeper drop than it looks in this picture.

A closer look at the mountains.

At the bottom of the steep climb down (there were some steps).

This is where you find a pool of water.

In the mud at the edge of the pool were hundreds (well maybe dozens) of these little fellows.

Looking back up from where we came (what can you see carved in the rocks??). For some reason I didn't take a close up, silly me!

We followed the stream, and yes it was narrow in places and you had to negotiate stepping stones, but I managed it without getting my feet wet.

We passed a very pretty little waterfall.

Then it was back to where we started.
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At 6/11/09 15:07, Anonymous Janis said...

Thanks for taking me on a tour of a place I have never heard of and most likley will never visit. Its a big world out there. Great pics

At 6/11/09 15:59, Blogger Amrita said...

Lovely pics, specially the pool and waterfall.

Isn 't it Guy Falkes Day today?

Have fun

The T shirt you won is very nice

At 6/11/09 21:38, Blogger willowtree said...


At 6/11/09 22:12, Blogger Pamela said...

That would be the best part -- visiting an oasis.
Hey - did you see any birds?

At 6/11/09 22:28, Blogger ChrisB said...

Pamela, we saw afew birds but not close enough to get pictures (except the ones in cages!) we could certainly hear them singing in the trees.

At 6/11/09 22:30, Blogger ChrisB said...

Amrita it was Guy Fawkes Day yesterday. I didn't do a post this year.

At 6/11/09 22:32, Blogger ChrisB said...

Janis, although this was Africa, it was less than a 3 hr flight and the same time zone as us so no jet lag which was brilliant. I'm travelling while I'm still able and while funds hold out.

At 7/11/09 22:46, Blogger Beccy said...

Wow, looks like an amazing place to visit.


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