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Matmata, Troglodyte caves 05.04 | Oasis of Chebika, Tamerza and Tozeur 03.05 | Sahara desert, salt lake and various camels 05.03 | El Jem, South Tunisia 05.03 | Kairouan and Sousse 05.03

Matmata, Troglodyte caves 05.04

These photos were shot in various locations around the hill tops of Matmata. In the mountains around this rocky terrain which has lunar other world surrealism about it, you'll see large holes in the soft sand stone which look like large craters, or big sink-holes! These are actually caves and underground housing complexes - home of the Troglodyte Berber tribesmen who have lived like this for hundreds of years. Each of these craters is actually an open central courtyard to the cave dwellings and complexes, which is the only cool place in the arid heat of the desert. With the hope of shifting some of their crafts and maybe getting a few tips we were invited into a traditional cave dwelling to have a look. We also had a look at one of the cave dwellings that was used for the original star wars movie for Luke Skywalkers home!
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