"Ksar Ghilane, the Grand Erg Oriental ." Qasr Ghilan by JLBG

Qasr Ghilan Travel Guide: 53 reviews and 83 photos

Ksar Ghilane is improperly named Qasr Ghilan in VT destination database and I had to struggle a while before finding it. It is only 70 km from Chenini, improperly named Shanini in VT destination database. There is no road but in most parts an easy sandy track, available to any regular car. With a Landrover, we felt in complete security.

The landscape of the dunes is best photographed in the early morning, when the sun is low on the horizon. This is also the time when living creature wander and can be seen. If you only see the prints on the sand, you would never guess who did them !

At night, the sand is colder and keeps some moisture. When the sun rises, it dry it and the grains of sand become more mobile. When there is an edge, as on this picture, the sand will flow and make amazing miniature landscapes.

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  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2009 at 4:11 AM

    Fascinating page on your journey in the desert. You were so brave to drive across these seemingly endless sands. Fantastic colours in your excellent pictures!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    You are so adventurous. Desolated landscape of the desert is so beautiful. The Monument de la colonne Leclerc monument was probably out of place there, but still it is lovely. Wonderful page JL!

  • Jun 12, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Nice page

  • NourElakel's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    What is the exact location of this well in Qsar Ghilan? Thanks.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Jean Louis = I liked your references to the importance of water in a place like this - funny tip on the sandy or windy hotel & again water tasting like goat :))

  • Mar 30, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    hi, We are driving to Qasr Ghilan in May. Is it possible to drive in a 2WD hire car? Which route did you take? Thanks for your advice

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2007 at 1:41 AM

    Beautiful desert photography jean-Louis, and some very interesting facts. Thanks

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2007 at 6:29 AM

    Amazing places! Amazing pictures - especially the ripplemarks in the sands of the Barkhanes. You are indeed brave to travel here with just a map & a compass. A GPS sure would have come in handy eh!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2006 at 10:47 AM

    Ahhh, I came back just to admire your desert pictures :-)) These red sand dunes and the blue sky..... ahh so beautiful !!

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2005 at 11:42 AM

    You captured my attention right from the beginning! Wow, wonderful intro photos! Amazing landscape! So endless and enless!


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