The Unrestrained Country - Tunisia

Often overshadowed by its relatively large neighbours, the little country of Tunisia is a slim wedge in the northern-most part of Africa. While you might wonder how going to Africa in summer would make any sense, Tunisia’s pleasant weather is bound to surprise you. With a daytime average of 20°C and night-time average of 16°C; you’ll escape the Indian summer while not freezing your toes (or other body parts) off. Beach lovers will find their magic in Djerba and Sousse, which are dotted with resorts and water parks that will bring out your inner mermaid. You can lounge on the beach all day and never really get bored with watching the vast Mediterranean Sea. Visit the tiny coastal villages where you can buy freshly caught fish and take a walk down cobblestone streets framed by vibrant bougainvillea. You know you want that aesthetic Instagram post!

Walking around in the country’s capital of Tunis will make you feel like you’re in a maze of medina alleyways and souks, dotted by Roman ruins, that you’d rather lose yourself in than ever find a way out of! The city is a delightful mixture of Islamic culture with modern influences. To get a taste of Tunisia’s true flavour, join the locals at a café to puff on sheesha, sip on a cup of fragrant mint tea, or have an authentic meal at one of the local favourites. If you’ve ever visited Santorini and loved it, visit Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia. The clifftop town with its white-domed houses, art galleries, boutiques, and open-air cafés will steal your heart. When you’ve had your fill of the sea and the cities, head to the magnificent southern Sahara. The sand dunes and dramatic desert landscape with random abandoned Star Wars sets for the inner nerd in you will give you memories that will last a lifetime.

 

If you’ve always loved to camp but look for a bit of luxury, Camp Yadis Ksar Ghilane is exactly where you should be. Located in the southern part of the Tunisian desert, Ksar Ghilane is a little oasis where a luxurious campsite comprising of 60 tents awaits you. The tents are made of stone and canvas to replicate the traditional dwellings of the area from the outside. But once you step inside, the comfortable bed, air-conditioning, and traditional Tunisian interiors will amaze you. The camp houses a restaurant that serves Tunisian and Mediterranean cuisine, and offers activities like expeditions in the desert by jeep or camel rides, and a centre for traditional hammam that will relax and rejuvenate you. The one thing you cannot leave Camp Yadis without experiencing is the desert night sky. Miles away from any air or light pollution, the sky above the camping site is one of the most magnificent you’ll ever see. And if you’re a stargazer, you will see your favourite constellations clearer than ever!