"Amazing Chott El Djérid" Top 5 Page for this destination Chott El Jerid by JLBG

Chott El Jerid Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 104 photos

In the Maghreb, a ?Chott? is a large depression where water gathers and evaporates, leaving a deposit of salts. Chott El-Djérid is the largest and spreads in Southern Tunisia on 120 km from East (Kébili ) to West (Hézoua). It is 5,000 square kilometers. It belongs to an alignment system of evaporation basins, south to the Atlas ridge that runs from Agadir, Morocco to Gabès, Tunisia.

The Chott El-Djérid is flanked westwards by the oasis of the Djerid (Nefta, Tozeur; Kriz, etc?) and east and southwards by the oasis of the Nefzaoua (Douz, Kebili, Fatnassa, etc?). The Great Eastern Erg begins just south to the Nefzaoua and brings its sand into the Chott when there are strong southerly winds. The Chott El-Djérid is followed westwards by smaller chott Gharsa, in Tunisia and chott Melhrir, in Algeria and north-eastwards by chott El Fedjadj which actually is merely a narrow extension of Chott El-Djérid (90km x 30 km)

In Winter and Spring, the chott is covered by a thin layer of water and looks almost like a lake. At the end of Spring, when this picture was taken, the chott looks like mud, from greyish to brownish. It is only later that more water evaporates and salt crystallizes.

  • Last visit to Chott El Jerid: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    very interesting page. Looks like fun!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2007 at 2:50 AM

    Have enjoyed your pics and info on the Chott - i only got down to Douz and unfortunately agreed to go back instead of my plans to Tozeur and Chott!next time...!thanks

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2007 at 3:25 AM

    Also interesting page, but again another harsh area to travel to. I don't know how you do it Jean-Louis.

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2006 at 12:50 PM

    Great tips on the Chott. I really enjoyed our drive from Kebili to Tozeur. It must be great in summer but I don't think I could bear the heat.

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2006 at 1:11 AM

    Out of the way...but fascinating! Well done JL! Blu

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2006 at 2:42 AM

    I love the desert! Great page, Jean Louis!

  • Maillekeukeul's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2005 at 4:30 AM

    I chott el Jerid, but I did not shoot no deputy...

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2005 at 3:54 PM

    The best tips on Chott El Jerid I have ever read. Thanks for refreshing my great memories.

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2005 at 2:56 PM

    Very interesting Jean Louis, I was lucky to have a great sunrise over the salt lakes here. Such a desolate area! (~_~)


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