Kelibia to Mahires

Trip Start Jul 26, 2010
Trip End Oct 31, 2010

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Flag of Tunisia  , Şafāqis,
Saturday, August 7, 2010

Day 8

After another dip in the Med in the morning we headed a few km's north to Kerkouene. This is the site of the best preserved Carthaginian ruins. This is to be taken with a pinch of salt, as it takes quite a bit of imagination to get an idea of what it must have looked like. But this is understandable when you consider the ruins are nearly 3000 years old. Its amazing to consider what these people achieved so long ago, and from what we have seen of modern day Tunisia, they could definitely teach them a thing or two about toilets and baths.

We then headed south towards El Jem, and the best preserved coliseum of the Roman empire. The drive was uneventful, but we arrived at El Jem to see the coliseum at midday, and strolling around in 40 degree plus heat meant that we were rushing from shade to shade wherever it could be found.

The coliseum is amazing, and it is estimated that it could hold 30 000 people. Making it also the third biggest Roman coliseum ever built. The atmosphere of the place was however a little ruined by the stage and equipment still present from a music festival they have each year in the coliseum.

After the coliseum we found a little place to have something to drink and eat. The owner was very friendly, and after his inspection of the vehicle, started trying to buy anything and everything he could see on the vehicle. We ended up having many sign language discussions with him, and left him with a South African mirror sock as a souvenir which he wore as a bandana.

The plan from here was to head south past Sfax and try find a place to camp along the coast. We quickly realised that actual campsites are few and far between, and we made the decision to try find a nice place along the coast to bush camp. Eventually we got lucky and headed down a dirt track towards the coast and found a place to camp among some trees. Our first bush camp was set up just in time for us to sit back and enjoy the sun setting
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