Festival of the Sahara Photo Gallery

Festival of the Sahara Photogallery: Douz and Tozeur, Tunisia

Photos by Sonja Stark

Every December, two dusty towns in the inhospitable southern region of Tunisia, far from the Mediterranean Sea or the rainy hills of the northwest, share festivals dedicated to oasis life. Tozeur and Douz, about 65 miles apart, schedule festivals back-to-back to honor their ancient history of nomadic life, camel caravans and traditional music.

A traditional Tunisian dance at the Festival of the Sahara
A traditional Tunisian dance at the Festival of the Sahara
Daring Acrobatics at the 2009 International Sahara Festival in Douz
Daring Acrobatics at the 2009 International Sahara Festival in Douz
A fire-breathing performer at the Tozeur Oasis Festival
A fire-breathing performer at the Tozeur Oasis Festival
A young horseman at the Festival of the Sahara in Tunisia
A young horseman at the Festival of the Sahara in Tunisia
A little too close for comfort for a giant king cobra at the Festival of the Sahara in Tunisia
A little too close for comfort for a giant king cobra at the Festival of the Sahara in Tunisia
Snake handler at the Festival of the Sahara in Tunisia
Snake handler at the Festival of the Sahara in Tunisia
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