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Jugurtha's Table

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This huge, flat topped mountain looks strange from a distance, and you can see it from 50kms away. It’s hard to see the scale of it, rising 1200m out of the plains around it, and it looks as if it’s so perfectly flat it must have somehow been flattened by man. The name comes from a King who used it as a natural fortress against the Romans – and the photos of it suggest that it would have made a very intimidating fortress at that – he could hole up here with his army and no one below could do much more than lap at his sides as they were fired on. It also looks barren, but it’s not, and there are surprising number of features littering the top like cake decorations, including some quite substantial Roman ruins, fed by deep cisterns, a 14th Century shrine to a Muslim saint, and some much older dwellings that look like beehives and date from prehistoric times.

It’s so steep that it needed steps cut into the sides of it for comfortable access – and they’ve been worn down over the centuries – but there are also animal tracks cut into the sides of it, the wildflowers that cover the top of it in spring seem to have been too tempting for sheep and goats not to want to reach the top. It takes about three to four hours to get to the top and back, but the views are worth the effort – you can see a long way into Algeria, as well as all over northern Tunisia. You can camp on top of the plateau, just remember that it gets quite cold at night.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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