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Red Lizard Train Start (Metlaoui)

Commonly voted as one of the must-do things before you die is  the 'Red Lizard train', a passenger train from the 19th century that runs along old mining tracks from Metlaoui to Redeyef (which is about a 45 min journey) throug...

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Commonly voted as one of the must-do things before you die is  the 'Red Lizard train', a passenger train from the 19th century that runs along old mining tracks from Metlaoui to Redeyef (which is about a 45 min journey) through the red and pink rocks, split by canyons of the Saharan Atlas mountains in central Tunisia.

The train and track were built in 1910 by the Tunisian Govenor. The 'Lizard' also used to serve the phosphate mines from Metaloui, but now it is only a tourist attraction. Today, this is the only way to visit the gorges of Selja. Each day the Red Lizard Train leaves around 10am from the station of Meltaoui, about 40km (25 miles) from Tozeur.

Passing through wonderful scenary this old fashioned train will take you on a journey through stony desert landscapes, mountains tunnels, steel bridges, water springs, deep gorges, finally coming to a stop in a green oasis. A fantastic adventure.

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Red Lizard Train Start (Metlaoui)