In the early days of the French protectorate rule, the Bey of Tunis was offered a train as a gift. This royal train was painted in red, and was thus very recognizable as it drove through the country.
Upon its conversion into a touristis train, it was given the name of Lézard Rouge, or the red lizard, due to its length and colour. This train consists of original, carefully restored nineteenth-century wooden carriages, including the Bey’s private car. The interior reflects the then en vogue decoration, made of wood, velvet and leather.
Today, the Red Lizard operates a single line between Metlaoui and Selja, passing through breathtaking scenery, as it moves between rock and rock, in narrow gorges. This excursion makes for a great experience of Tunisia’s mountain oases, with beautiful picture taking opportunities.