"Le Lézard rouge" Al Metlaoui by JLBG
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From Metlaoui, you can (no, you must!) take the '"Lézard rouge" (Red Lizzard). It is the former Bey of Tunisia special luxury train, built in 1900-1920. It has been brought to Metlaoui a few years ago and is now running for tourists on a regular basis from Metlaoui to the phosphate mines of Moulares, on the railroad used to bring out the phosphates, following Oued Seldja and it's breathtaking cliffs.
On a former visit, in 1974, the Red Lizzard was not yet in Metlaoui but it was possible to go on the phosphate train, on request. I wrote in January to be allowed to. We left for Tunisia in July without any answer, so we passed by Metlaoui but could not visit Oued Seldja. Back home, I found a letter that said, OK, you can come on the phosphate train when you like.... I finally did it, much later, on the touristy Red Lizzard !
Water in Oued Metlaoui is not crystal clear as it carries phosphate from the quarries and sand. Along its bank, the... more travel advice
On both sides, the cliffs are high. A few shrubs are growing, enough to feed a whole flock of local sheep ! The sheep... more travel advice
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