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In this VFR - GPS Flight Plan we take off from the airport of Tunis - Carthage (DTTA) [Tunisia] and land in the airport of Sfax - Thyna (DTTX)[Tunisia], following the Mediterranean coast and overflying the "Foret Nationale de Tunisie" and some other important towns and cities.
Find below a short extract and screenshots of the main points of the route. In this journey around Africa I have used the Cessna 172S (Skyhawk)
Take off from Tunis - Cartago airport, flying to the SE in an overcast day.
Tunis (Arabic: تونس About this soundTūnis) is the capital and largest city of Tunisia. The greater metropolitan area of Tunis, often referred to as "Grand Tunis", has about 2,700,000 inhabitants. As of 2020, it is the fourth-largest city in the Maghreb region (after Casablanca and Algiers and Tripoli) and the sixteenth-largest in the Arab world.
Situated on a large Mediterranean Sea gulf (the Gulf of Tunis), behind the Lake of Tunis and the port of La Goulette (Ḥalq il-Wād), the city extends along the coastal plain and the hills that surround it. At its core lies its ancient medina, a World Heritage Site. East of the medina through the Sea Gate (also known as the Bab el Bhar and the Porte de France) begins the modern city, or Ville Nouvelle, traversed by the grand Avenue Habib Bourguiba (often referred to by media and travel guides as "the Tunisian Champs-Élysées"), where the colonial-era buildings provide a clear contrast to smaller, older structures. Further east by the sea lie the suburbs of Carthage, La Marsa, and Sidi Bou Said. As the capital of the country, Tunis is the focus of Tunisian political and administrative life and also the centre of the country's commercial and cultural activities. (*1)
Leaving behind the town of Hammamet
Hammamet (Arabic: حمامات , literally "Baths") is a town in Tunisia. Thanks to its beaches, it is a popular destination for swimming and water sports and is one of the primary tourist destinations in Tunisia. It is located in the south-eastern section of Cap Bon and is part of the Nabeul Governorate.
The reported number of inhabitants varies from 100,000 to 400,000 and the population quadruples due to tourists' arrival in the summer. It is particularly known for jasmine, which is the namesake of the tourist resort of Yasmine Hammamet. All over Hammamet, souvenirs crafted from jasmine can be found. Around Hammamet, suburbs are being built as migrants from the southern region of the country come to find employment. As a popular tourist destination, the city is economically important to Tunisia. (*1)
Overflying the "Foret Nationale de Tunisie"
The "Foret Nationale de Tunisie", adjoins part of the beach swathe between Sousse and Hammamet to the far north, the beach forming most of the coastline.
Another view of the "Foret Nationale de Tunisie"
Yet another view of the "Foret Nationale de Tunisie"
Flying over the city of Sousse.
Sousse or Soussa (Arabic: سوسة, ; Berber: Susa) is a city in Tunisia, capital of the Sousse Governorate. Located 140 km (87 mi) south of the capital Tunis, the city has 271,428 inhabitants (2014). Sousse is in the central-east of the country, on the Gulf of Hammamet, which is a part of the Mediterranean Sea. Its economy is based on transport equipment, processed food, olive oil, textiles, and tourism. It is home to the Université de Sousse. (*1)
Monastir, also called Mistīr (Arabic: منستير , Monastīr / Mistīr, from the Greek μοναστήριον "hermit's cell, monastery"), is a city on the central coast of Tunisia, in the Sahel area, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Sousse and 162 kilometres (101 miles) south of Tunis. Traditionally a fishing port, Monastir is now a major tourist resort. Its population is about 93,306. It is the capital of Monastir Governorate. (*1)
Passing near the Habib Bourguiba airport (DTMB) at the west of Monastir
The Habib Bourguiba airport is serving Monastir and Sousse areas in Tunisia. The Tunisian Civil Aviation and Airports Authority (OACA) awarded the management of the airport to TAV Airports Holding in March 2007.The airport is named after the former president Habib Bourguiba, who was born in Monastir. (*1)
Leaving the city of Kairouan behind
Kairouan (Arabic: ٱلْقَيْرَوَان ), also spelled Al Qayrawān or Kairwan, is the capital of the Kairouan Governorate in Tunisia. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was founded by the Umayyads around 670. In the period of Caliph Mu'awiya (reigned 661–680), it became an important centre for Sunni Islamic scholarship and Quranic learning, and thus attracting many Muslims from various parts of the world, next only to Mecca and Medina and Jerusalem . The holy Mosque of Uqba is situated in the city.
In 2014, the city had about 187,000 inhabitants. (*1)
Flying over the dry lake Sebkhet de Sidi El Hani towards El Djem
The Sebkha Sidi El Hani سبخة سيدي الهاني is a salt lake in the Sousse Governorate of Tunisia, 25 kilometres (16 mi) southwest of the city of Sousse and 25 kilometres (16 mi) southeast of the city of Kairouan. It covers an area of 36,000 hectares and consists of three depressions: the Sidi El Hani sebkha stricto sensu, the Sebkha Souassi and the Sekha Dkhila. Fueled by several wadis, such as the Wadi Chrita, the Wadi Mansoura and the Wadi Oum El Mellah, it retains water all year round only occasionally. The catchment area is 360 square kilometres (140 sq mi) and the system empties into the Mediterranean Sea. (*1)
Passing over the town of El Djem
El Djem or El Jem (Tunisian Arabic: الجمّ, il-Jamm) is a town in Mahdia Governorate, Tunisia. Its population was 21,576 during the 2014 census. It is home to some of the most impressive Roman remains in Africa, particularly the world-famous "Amphitheater of El Jem". (*1)
Approaching our destination after passing near the Sebkhet el Jem lake
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