Chott El Jerid – Salt Flat at the Edge of a Sahara Oasis

Chott el Jerid

A trip to the Chott El Jerid can be described as simply breath-taking. If you want to discover the marvels of this natural salt lake situated in the Sahara Desert you should come during sunrise or sunset.

Chott el Jerid
Chott el Jerid

Chott El Jerid is half an hour drive away from Tozeur. It is a large salt lake that is between 15 and 20 meters above sea level. Its is around 20 kilometers wide and about 250 kilometers long. One of the most fascinating characteristics of this extraordinary lake is the colors and various shades. At times, one can see traces of green, white, and purple. Its surface is over 7,000 square kilometers which makes is the biggest salt lake in the Sahara Desert.

Chott el Jerid Salt Lake
Chott el Jerid Salt Flat

Whether you are travelling with a guide or alone, you should definitely make a stop once you see the shacks. They sell sand roses and offer an excellent location to enjoy the scenery. The Chott has also been used to film a scene from the Star Wars movies. The salt flats were used for the décor of the Lars homestead on Tatooine. This makes Chott El Jerid a must see for any Star Wars fan.

Chott el-Jerid, Lars Homestead (Star Wars)
Chott el-Jerid, Lars Homestead (Star Wars)

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