The Red Lizard Train was given to the Bey ofTunisia during the French protectorate. It is said that the train was built in 1910, so that the governor of Tunis could get to his summer palace!
It leaves around 10.00am every day from the station of Metlaoui (about 40km from Tozeur) and follows an old mining track to a working phosphate mine.
The landscape is described as like something out of the old Wild West! The train allows you to take in the dramatic scenery as it inches for around 45 minutes through narrow passages and tunnels dug into the gorges.
Sandra, living in Sousse, took advantage of plenty of opportunities to take some stunning photographs!
Tamerza is the largest mountain oasis of Tunisia!
It has two waterfalls, an oasis, gorges and an old town which was abandoned during the great flood of 1969, when it, although hard to believe in Tunisia, rained for 22 days!
Sandra's impressive photographs, show that it is spectacularly different from her home town of Sousse!
This picture was taken on the way from Tozeur to Kebili at Chott Djerid, the partially dried up salt lake where you can see the piles of salt and someone has even made a salt camel!!
Crossing into Libya is a favourite pastime with many Tunisians who like to take advantage of the fact that everything is so cheap over there! The Brits do need a VISA to cross over.
UPDATE - In 2015, this is now impossible. Since the revolution at the end of 2010, up until this date, the troubles in Libya, worsen daily, meaning that this pastime is too dangerous to even contemplate!
Ben Gardane can be found on the border of Libya. This town has a market every Saturday, where all the popular bargains found in Libya can be purchased also! Again, in 2015, this is not advisable!
On the road down there, you can even take advantage of the incredibly cheap petrol, sold by the roadside! (2006)
A guy selling chilli near the desert! Makes a wonderful picture! Definitely not a sight you would expect to see in the UK!
Colourful Character Number Two was a guy who owned a date plantation in Nefta. He very kindly hand-picked some dates for me (he was also looking for a wife, he told me, and a pomegranate tree!)
I had never thought about where pomegranates came from before, until I saw this tree!
Annika visited Chebika, a stunningly beautiful oasis, with a cafe, pretty waterfall and shops.
Formerly a military outpost during the Roman era, with buildings made of stone and clay, a river gorge, deep ravine and numerous palm trees add to this spectacular sight!
© 2008 Annika Erikkson