The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Mountain-biking the South
|Bicycle Africa Tours
The Route: A self-supported 15-day, 540-mile bike trip from the fishing island of Djerba to the ancient capital of Tunis. You’ll explore bedouin encampments and second-century Phoenician ruins — and rest up in troglodyte caverns and oasis hotels.
When to go: April
Travel advisory: In stark contrast to its next-door neighbors Algeria and Libya, Tunisia is pro-American and tightly controls its small faction of Islamic fundamentalists.
- Sipping a Malita beer in Matmata’s subterranean Hotel Marhala, where the Star Wars bar scene was shot.
- Struggling on your loaded-down mountain bike against a fierce headwind on Chott Jerid, a dry lake bed north of Tozeur.