The Jerid is the narrow strip of land between the region’s two major salt lakes, Chott El Jerid and Chott El Gharsa. It has long been one of the most important agricultural districts in Tunisia, and the oases around here are famous for their high-quality dates. The harvest is in October, which is a good time to visit the area.
While cartographers tend to label the Chott El Jerid as a lake, for most of the year this bone-dry depression looks more like the moon. It’s easy to lose your focus driving along the causeway that bisects the chott, to try to catch a glimpse of the gypsum crystals that form in small pools alongside the road or to stare off into the hazy distance.
Tozeur is the best place from which to explore the Chott El Jerid.