Tunisia Off-road tour:
Winter in the Sahara desert

$3,028 14 to 16 days from 6 participants 4x4 for advanced

tour description

Our off-road vehicle trip to Tunisia over New Year's Eve gives you the opportunity to spend New Year's Eve in a different way. We take you and your off-road vehicles for a fortnight to explore Tunisia off-road. An adventure, with time for the country and its people and of course a lot of off-road and adventure experience from which we take home more than just the sand in our shoes.



Start of the 4x4 New Year's Eve trip:  Tübingen - Genoa - on the ferry to Africa:

All participants will receive an information folder before the tour with meeting point descriptions and a minimum 4x4 camping equipment / preparation list for the 4x4 New Year's Eve trip to the Sahara.

Arrival and meeting for the 4x4 New Year's Eve trip:

  1. Meeting point: The OVERCROSS Off Road Team will start on the first day of the trip (Saturday) early in the morning from Tübingen via Switzerland to Italy.
  2. Meeting point for participants from Switzerland is at a petrol station near the motorway.
  3. The last meeting point of the 4x4 New Year's Eve trip is in the early afternoon at the ferry port of Genoa, where you will receive all documents and cabin tickets from the OVERCROSS tour guide.

In the afternoon all off-road vehicles will board the ferry to Africa and the tour participants will move into their cabins. After dinner, we end the evening on the crossing to Africa with a glass of Italian wine, or optionally a few cans of Tunisian beer.
The sun rises over the Mediterranean Sea, we hand over the entry formalities for the entry into Tunisia, hold the big tour briefing and inform you about the important details of the 4x4 New Year's Eve trip into the Sahara as well as the elementary important African driving information for the off-road vehicle travel team. After we have organised and carried out the chaotic entry on the fast line in the team, we are on the road on the African continent and spend the first night in a hotel near Tunis. After a cosy dinner we will discuss (as after every tour day) the next day of the off-road vehicle trip before we head towards the Sahara.


Land Rover Defender driftet über Schotterpiste in Tunesien

Offroad through Tunisia


Welcome to Africa: Gafsa to Touzeur and the vastness of the desert

We start with the transfer to the south of Tunisia, still on tarred roads, which is also a very special adventure in Tunisia. Our first destination is the gateway to the Sahara, where we experience the area with beautiful gorges and high mountains. From there we take the famous Rommel track to Touzeur, where the off-road vehicle tour "dives" into the desert sand and you get the first off-road driving tips for the desert from the tour guide to safely move your "off roader" through the soft desert sand. We start the next day with time for sightseeing and provisioning in Touzeur. In order for you to feel comfortable in the desert and enjoy the landscape and surroundings, we will start our first metres on sand with another driving training to get you on a safe level in terms of off-road driving techniques and thus be prepared for the Sahara journey or "desert adventure". Get your lightsabers ready for a visit to the Star Wars movie set.

Mit Knicklichtern geschmückter Geländewagen als Weihnachtsbaum am Lagerfeuer

Landrover Defender as Christmas Tree in the Tunisian Sahara


Off-road vehicle trip over the Chott el Djerid to Douz

Depending on the humidity of the salt lake Chott El Cherid, we choose the south or the north route to cross. We will move the off-road vehicles over well-maintained tracks and an impressive wide open space. In Douz we will prepare for our multi-day tour of the Sahara and there will be opportunities to mingle with the people, visit the market and get to know Tunisian culture better. From Douz we move away from civilisation for several days and say goodbye to the desert.


Mit Feuerholz beladener Geländewagen kämpft sich durch Dünenfelder

Sanding in the bizarrely beautiful Tunisian Sahara

Off Road Pure, through the desert to the oasis Ksar Ghilane

In the desert it will be sporty, but this refers more to shovelling and digging than to the driving style. Of course, the way is the goal and we all want to arrive safely together. We increase slowly and some will be surprised which passages they can suddenly master "without problems". Typical for a desert tour, we have an oasis as our destination. Those who have missed trees will not miss them there. There is a warm spring and everything else your heart desires. Party or rest in the dunes depending on how you imagine New Year's Eve and want to start the new year. We will make the New Year's Eve with the participants of the off-road vehicle tour in the Sahara so unspectacular that it will remain a simple and sustainable travel experience in your memory.


Geländewagen Wagenburg Camp in der Wüste

The Sahara in Tunisia is a joy!

Good bye Africa, the off-road vehicle convoy is on its way to Tunis for the ferry:

We return to Tunis via the mountain town of Matmata. This day, even though it takes place on-road, is a tough one. Tunisia's small roads require full concentration and the driving style of the country's inhabitants, which takes some getting used to, demands attention.

On Friday morning the off-road vehicles are "parked" in the ferry again, we set off, good by Africa it was certainly another adventure that will stay with you in your memories for a long time. 

On Saturday we will reach the ferry port of Europe around 15:00 - this is the official end of the journey! The OVERCROSS tour guides will "blow" through to Swabia where we will probably reach Tübingen on Saturday at midnight and have a nightcap ;-) 


Geländewägen stehen in Reih und Glied

Tunisia Sahara Arrival via Off Road Passages and Road


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Itinerary may change without further notice due to weather-, road- or any other condition that OVERCROSS or its guides feel will jeopardize the safety of the group or material.


What benefits can you expect?

Included in the tour price:  

  • Overnight stays in accommodation (in shared double room) & campsites.
  • Ferry Genoa-Tunis / Tunis-Genoa incl. port fees
  • Breakfast and dinner from the expedition kitchen
  • German speaking tour guide/guide
  • All permits and entrance fees for sightseeing
  • Support vehicle
  • Technical assistance and support with vehicle repairs
  • Provision of expedition kitchen and crockery
  • Provision of overcross equipment
  • Driving and off-road instruction

Services not included in the tour price:

  • Flight
  • Rental car for the trip
  • Everything that is not listed in the service description




country information

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  • What is meant by desert and what kinds are there?

    Dry deserts do prevent due to their lack of water, the plant growth. At the
    Tropics at about 23, 5 degrees, there are so-called tropic deserts like the Sahara.

    The high-pressure areas there let the clouds dissolve and there is therefore no precipitate.

    These high-pressure areas are established by the intertropical convergence zone. Due to the strong sunlight warms the equatorial region particularly hard, so much water evaporates which prevents the precipitation.
    Descending air masses lead to the degradation of the clouds.
    The different types of desert we travelare: stone, gravel, salt and the sand desert.


    Stone or rock desert:

    Also known as Hammada is covered with dense nature of the blocky, angular fine rock or coarser rock material. These Hamada is the result of the physical

    Often, this rocky desert are coverde with boulders.Plateaus crossed that even with a well-developed havy duty off roaders barely passable. On our safari jeep, we usually travel on the old caravan routes, which is usually like in other forms of the desert

    Alamat acknowledges. Almat are small stone pyramids were usually placed on increases as route of the nomads and caravan leaders. Along the sandy desert, they are usually blown away, and man recognizes the old and new routes in camel carcasses, old tires and the car frame or other veralssenen those who "runs" line. A typical picture is dark colored and the smooth surface of the rocks of a desert rock, due to the smooth shiny surface it is also called desert varnish, results of flexibility accorded by the sun and the creeping permanent audit by the fine desert sand.

    Gravel desert:

    In the Western Sahara, they are called Reg, in the central Sahara, they are called Serir. Gravel deserts caused by erosion of stone or rock desert or by the
    Deposition of gravel where millions of years ago were still glacial. Another cause is a
    physical effect on the surface to collect more and more rocks, since the smaller pebbles or sand grains move down much easier. This process was developed in the desert for thousands of years, because provide moisture, wind and temperature differences for the movement of sand grains. When crossing through this gravel deserts you can still see the tracks after weeks of the knobby tires of motorcycles or the lanes of the SUVs and trucks Expeditions:

    Salt desert

    Chott el Jerid is probably the biggest and most famous salt lake Chott Tunesien.Der term is also used in Algeria and in the Eastern Sahara, the central salt desert, also known as Sebkha. Salt flats occur mostly in arid endorheic
    Sedimentary basins due to strong evaporation. In the Maghreb region of the layer is under-shaped ground conducive to formation of a dei Chotts which Duch promotes its consistency clay to seal the bottom surface. Very many of the deserts lie in the type
    Iran and Central Asia. Salt flats and salt-containing damp voallem deserts such as the Chott el Jerid, they are difficult if not impossible to impassable. Depending on the depth of the drying Sonneneinstarahlung the salt crust / upper class bedinkt passable. Often arise in wells of only a few Zentiumeter "swamp fields and ponds," weren which should in any case not drive through or walk through. The salt is formed mostly by down
    washed up debris from adjacent elevations / mountains, which often contain plenty of salt in endorheic depressions such as the Qattara Depression accumulates naturally as salt-enriched clay and Lehmflächen. This surface is called Salt Flat and Alkali Flats. After precipitation, which are mostly in the winter months, walked these salt lakes.


    The sandy deserts:

    The erg in the Western Sahara and in the Libyan Sahara is a desert is called the surface mainly consists of quartz sand. This is caused by soil erosion, sand a gravel desert. Due to the absolute dry conditions in the sandy deserts due to the lack of vegitation are much harder than stone or gravel deserts. Because of the fine grading of the sand deserts in the lower part of the carrying capacity is solidified, the surface is rather finely and due to the strong sunlight and fine dust-like sand of Einwehung less viable.
    In the northern Sahara dunes are found frequently occurring as longitudinal dunes or sickle.
    In libischen part of the Sahara will find the most beautiful crescent dunes below Seba and the longest sand dunes in Algeria with up to six hundred miles long.

    With the motorcycle and 4x4 suv in the solidified dunes levels passable, but difficult or impossible in up to three hundred feet high Mamutdünen how she finds in Algeria and Libya.

    The world's largest sand desert in Arabia, where we conduct the tours in Oman and the Rub al Khali Dubai. الربع الخالي ar-Rub ʿ al-Khali is the paradise for every off roader. The turning circle running through the desert of Oman, Yemen, and UAE.



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Dec 23, 2023 Jan 6, 2024
Christmas and New Year's Eve in the Sahara
$3,028 off-road vehicle incl.driver
$1,052 for front passenger

Optional additional services
$170 single room supplement

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$3,028 off-road vehicle incl.driver
$1,052 for front passenger
There are no fix dates for this tour. We are happy to set up dates to your liking.

Optional additional services

$170 single room supplement